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What if I have broken bone coming out of the skin?

A broken bone which protrudes or breaks the skin is an open fracture (or compound fracture) and requires emergency medical evaluation and treatment. In first aid, if you are faced with a compound fracture attempt to position the injury in its position of function (normal position), treat any bleeding/cover any open wounds, and splint the affected area to prevent further injury. Do not push any protruding bone back into the skin. When repositioning the injured site or while splinting, commonly the protruding bone may retract inside the skin and this should be expected. Open fractures often require surgical intervention and medical management to prevent systemic infection.

Also See: Compound Fracture Picture

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