Lara, Paul and I work together at the cinema. When our shift finished we were in a hurry to leave - we had a party to get to.
Rose and her friends are leaving work when Lara falls down the stairs and hurts her arm. Rose thinks fast and takes action to help.
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To save time we left by a back entrance closest to the car park. As we rushed down the metal stairs Lara slipped and tumbled forward.
I heard a cracking noise as she landed on her arm. It sounded horrible, and Lara was clearly in a lot of pain.
Paul and I rushed down to where Lara had fallen to see if she was okay. She said straight away that she had broken her arm – it was really painful and bent slightly out of shape.
Paul thought we should get Lara down to the car park but I made Lara sit where she was. I could see Paul was a bit shaken up. I asked him to call 999 on his mobile while I helped Lara.
As Paul spoke to the emergency services I took off my scarf and used it as padding for Lara’s arm. I also encouraged her to support her injured arm with her other hand.
I let Lara know that the ambulance was on its way and we stayed with her until help arrived. It made me feel better knowing they were on the way. Getting to the party didn’t matter anymore.
If you were in a rush to get somewhere, would you stop and help an injured friend, like Rose and Paul did for Lara?
If a person has a broken bone, the limb may look misshapen and will be painful. What else might indicate a broken bone?
If you think someone has broken a bone, what should you do to help?
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The person has pain, bruising or swelling or they are lying in an unnatural position, following a fall or a blow from an object.
Support the injury with their hand, or use a cushion or items of clothing to prevent unnecessary movement.
As soon as possible, call 999 or get someone else to do it. Continue supporting the injury until help arrives.