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When should I call 911 for a broken bone?

If someone has broken a bone, call 911 if:

  • The person has passed out or doesn't respond to you.
  • The person isn't breathing and isn't moving. If you know how, start CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) while you wait for help.
  • The injury is to the back, neck, hip, or upper leg (thigh).
  • The person is bleeding heavily.
  • The bone has pierced the skin.
  • The fingers or toes are numb, cold, or slightly blue at the tip.

Call or go to the clinic, doctor, or hospital if you think a bone is broken, and there are none of the signs listed.

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