Throughout the course of everyday life, we’re
all going to incur some type of injury. Hi, I’m Captain Joe Bruni. What I want to talk
about is how to treat the minor fractured rib. Fractured rib can present itself in sharp
pain, especially during the inspiration of breathing. If the person is suspected of having
a cracked rib or a fractured rib, pieces of adhesive tape, one to two inches in width
should be placed across the fracture area site by taping from the front of the sternum
all the way around to the back of the spine, taping across the fracture suspected site,
and taping slightly below and slightly above that area. This will help reduce pain and
keep that area stable. After the area has been taped off, the person should be encouraged
to cough to keep secretions and fluids from accumulating and pooling in the lung. It will
be painful, but encourage the person to cough to avoid this secondary problem from occurring.
If it’s a major fracture site it will have to be treated as a flailed chest by placing
some type of device and keeping that person still as they breathe, and keep reducing movement
in that flail or damage segment area. I’m Captain Joe Bruni. Stay safe, and we’ll see
ya’ next time.