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Treat Dislocations

Important Information

Dislocations occur when a great deal of pressure is placed on a joint


The patient's joint appears deformed and the injury is usually very painful


Only splint an injury if EMS care or transport to a medical facility is delayed and if you can do so without causing further pain and discomfort to the patient


All dislocations need professional medical attention


  • STOP - Assess and observe the scene;

  • THINK - Consider your safety and form action plan

  • ACT - Check responsiveness and Alert EMS


  • For a patient involved in a major fall, collision or blow, conduct an injury assessment to determine the extent of all injuries besides an obvious dislocation or fracture

  • If EMS is delayed or unavailable, prepare the patient for transport

  • For a dislocation, apply a cold compress to the area to reduce the swelling during transportation