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First Aid 5: Musculoskeletal Injuries

Learning objectives

  • Identify common limb injuries and explain how to initially respond to a victim with a fracture, sprain or dislocation

  • Recognize when a victim may have a back, neck or head injury

  • Identify the initial actions to take for someone whom you suspect has a back, neck or head injury

Course overview

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2013, Musculoskeletal Injuries cases accounted for 33% of all worker injury and illness cases. Knowing how to care for these injuries properly when they happen can make a huge difference in someone’s life. Knowing the proper first aid technique can be the difference between someone being affected for the next 2 weeks and the rest of their life.

The goal of this course is to provide important, accurate information about Musculoskeletal Injuries and how to care for them.

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11 min

Course Outline

Course Outline

  • The Accident

  • Suspected Limb Injuries

  • Suspected Back, Neck, and Head Injuries

  • The Response



  • 2015 International Consensus on Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care Science with Treatment Recommendations. Circulation 132 suppl 1 (2015):S2-S268.

  • 2015 International Consensus on First Aid Science with Treatment Recommendations. Circulation 132, suppl 1 (2015): S269-S311.

  • 2015 American Heart Association Guidelines Update for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care. Circulation 132, suppl 1 (2015): S315-S573.

  • 2015 American Heart Association and American Red Cross Guidelines Update for First Aid. Circulation 132, suppl 1 (2015): S574-S589.

  • Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation (RICE); University of Michigan, 3/2019.


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