Basic First Aid : How to Assess a Rib Fracture

You know blunt force trauma to any part of
the body can cause a substantial injury. Hi, I’m Captain Joe Bruni, and what I’m going
to talk about and discuss is how to assess a possible rib fracture. The individual that
has received an injury to the chest area may be guarding the area with their hand or their
arm. Basically, expose the area and look for signs of discoloration. Many times with a
rib fracture, there may not be. Encourage the victim to cough. If they are experiencing
sharp pain when they cough, this is also an indication that there may be a rib fracture
in that area. Another sign and symptom may be an increased respiratory rate or breathing
rate as the person is trying to take shallow, faster breaths to avoid the pain sensation
associated with a rib fracture. If there is a suspected rib fracture, steps will need
to be taken to ensure that the person is not feeling as much pain as they are taken to
the emergency department for x-rays and evaluation. Rib fractures can be a pretty painful event
that could also include punctures to the lung. Taking the person the emergency department
is important as well as helping to relieve the pain and symptoms from a possible rib
fracture. I’m Captain Joe Bruni. Stay safe and we’ll see you next time.


  1. I need to train still (karate), I injured my ribs on both sides taking about 10 kicks.
    I can take deep breaths but it hurts plus there is nothing our hospitals can do anyway.
    could the cartlidge between ribs be ruptured and will training make things worse?
    I cant take painkillers either!….bah.

  2. I am in mma I tried wrestling and took on someone bigger than me he crushed three ribs and broke my collar bone

  3. I've been like sick for 2 weeks and have been taking little breaths and then played football I got tackled and now I can't take deep breaths my abs and ribs are killing

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