Considering how unstable a deck can be, a broken bone is a real risk for sailors. Fracturing or breaking any bone requires medical attention. You will need to bring the injured person to dock and then arrange medical care right away. If the broken bone is the result of major trauma or injury, call for help on VHF 16 (MAYDAY). Also place a MAYDAY call if:
Don't move the person except if necessary to avoid further injury. Take these actions immediately while waiting for medical help:
For a lower arm or wrist fracture:
A person with a hip or pelvis fracture should not be moved. If the person must be moved, the legs should be strapped together (with a towel or blanket in between them) and the person gently placed on a board, as for a back injury.
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