A fracture is a crack or break in a bone. A fracture usually occurs when force exerted against a bone is stronger than the bone can structurally withstand. A fracture can be defined as a broken, cracked or bent (greenstick) bone. These can then be classed as a:
The purpose of splints and slings is to prevent movement of the fractured bone by immobilising the limb, restricting the movement in the joint above and below the fracture site and reducing the amount of bleeding and further injury. Triangular bandages can be very versatile and can be used for a variety of different treatments including, immobilisation of fractures, a sling, to control bleeding when standard dressings are not available.