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What should I do if my family member suffers a broken bone or other serious injury while in nature?

Hi everyone,

I am planning to take my family for a hiking trip next weekend, and I am a little nervous about the possibility of one of us getting injured. I have heard stories of people breaking bones or suffering from serious injuries while out in nature, and I want to be prepared just in case something like that happens.

I would appreciate any advice on what to do if someone in my family suffers a broken bone or other serious injury while we are on our trip. What are the immediate steps we should take? How do we get help? Are there any first aid techniques we should know?

Thank you in advance for your help!

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Hi there,

I have gone on several hiking trips with my family, and unfortunately, one time my brother broke his arm while we were out in nature. It was a scary experience, but thankfully we were prepared and knew what to do.

The first thing we did was make sure my brother was as comfortable as possible. We found a flat area and had him lie down. We then elevated his arm and made a temporary splint out of some sticks and a bandana we had on hand. This helped stabilize his arm and prevent further injury.

We then tried to call for help, but we had no cell phone service. So my dad went ahead to the nearest ranger station, while my mom and I stayed behind with my brother. It took a few hours for my dad to get back with the ranger, but in the meantime, we made sure my brother was warm and hydrated.

Once the ranger arrived, he assessed my brother's injury and called for a helicopter to come airlift him out of the area. It was a scary experience, but thanks to our preparedness and quick thinking, my brother was able to get the medical attention he needed.

In summary, if someone in your family suffers a serious injury while in nature, the most important things to do are to keep them as comfortable as possible, stabilize the injury, and call for help. It's also important to stay calm and keep a clear head so that you can make good decisions.


Hello everyone,

I have been hiking alone on several occasions, and once I had a serious fall and suffered an injury. I remember feeling scared and vulnerable, but I knew that I had to stay calm and take action.

Firstly, I assessed my injury and tried to determine the extent of the damage. It was a deep cut on my leg with a lot of bleeding. I knew that I had to stop bleeding as quickly as possible, so I took off my shirt and used it as a bandage to apply pressure for the wound. It slowed down the bleeding, and I calmed down a bit.

Next, I examined my surroundings and located a tree that provides some shade. I decided to rest there and wait for help to arrive. In the meantime, I drank some water and tried to relax my nerves.

Luckily, I was carrying a whistle in my backpack as part of my safety essentials. I blew the whistle multiple times to signal for help. After some time, I heard someone respond. A group of fellow hikers were passing by, and they saw me lying under the tree. They quickly came to my aid, examined my wound, and called for a rescue team with a satellite phone.

The rescue team arrived and took me to the nearest hospital where I received immediate care and treatment for my wound. The experience taught me the importance of being prepared and carrying simple first aid essentials when hiking.

In conclusion, If you or a family member suffers a serious injury while in nature, it's important to stay calm, assess the situation, stop the bleeding if possible, seek shade, and signal for help, whether through a whistle, flare, or another signaling device.



Last year, my wife and I were on a camping trip, and she fell while rock climbing, injuring her ankle, and had trouble walking. We were miles away from the nearest hospital and emergency medical assistance, which meant we had to act fast to ensure that she received the necessary medical attention.

Firstly, we made sure she was comfortable and safe, so I supported her injured leg and helped her lie down. Next, we checked her ankle to see if it was twisted or broken. We applied a cold compression pack to reduce the swelling and ease the pain.

We had a mobile network signal in the area, so I quickly searched for the local hospital number and called the emergency services. The operator asked me questions concerning the location, the injury, and other details, assuring me that they would send a rescue team immediately.

To keep my wife comfortable, we kept her hydrated, elevated her injured foot, and tried to keep her warm and dry as the temperature dropped. While we were waiting, we reassured her about her safety and tried to keep her spirits high.

The rescue team arrived within an hour, and they carried her to a specialized ambulance nearby. They transported us to the nearest hospital where she was examined by the doctor for a minor fracture. She received the necessary treatments and was discharged to come home within days.

In conclusion, accidents happen at any time, even when camping or hiking. In case a family member suffers a broken bone or other serious injuries while in nature, it's crucial to stay calm, assess the situation, and follow the first aid guidelines you know to keep them comfortable and signal for emergency help.


Hey there!

I was climbing with a group of friends once, and one of them fell and hurt his wrist. Since there was no signal in the area, we had to act fast and use our wilderness first aid knowledge to provide immediate medical care.

We stabilized his wrist using a triangular bandage, a cloth or a piece of clothing, to create a sling, allowing his wrist to rest and avoid any further injury. We had also carried a small first aid kit with us that came in handy. So, we cleaned up the wound with a disinfectant, covered it to avoid contamination, and provided him with basic pain relief.

We realized that we needed to get him professional medical help soon. We discussed all our options and decided that calling for rescue services was the best option in this situation. We found a clearing about a mile away from our location from where we knew a signal was available, and one of our friends rushed to contact rescue services. In the meantime, we kept a sharp eye out on our friend to ensure that he remained stable and was not in too much pain.

Finally, when rescue services arrived and attended to our friend, we provided them with accurate information about his condition, gave them specifics of the injury, the location, and the surrounding terrain. We helped transport him to the hospital where he was diagnosed with a fracture and received the necessary treatments.

In conclusion, hiking, and camping have various risks, and injuries can happen anytime. It's crucial to be well prepared and have basic medical knowledge and wilderness first aid knowledge to provide initial medical care. In case of a severe injury, calling rescue services as soon as possible is the way to go.

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