Note: Your progress in watching these videos WILL NOT be tracked. These training videos are the same videos you will experience when you take the full ProFirstAid program. You may begin the training for free at any time to start officially tracking your progress toward your certificate of completion.

Show full transcript for Musculoskeletal Injuries video

When treating musculoskeletal injuries, you should first ascertain what caused the injury and check for any other injuries. When you begin treating, check for any deformity to determine the potential for the injury to become a compound fracture. If the area merely appears red and swollen, you may then begin the RICE treatment: Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. To splint the injury, have the patient hold the injury while you place it in a splint. Next, you want to begin wrapping the injury at the distal end, moving toward the heart. In the case of arms, you may then continue to wrap around the body to give extra rest and support. Once you are done splinting the injury, pinch the nail beds to ensure circulation has not been cut off.