First Aid for Elders with Fractures Approach the situation with a cool head and follow these first aid procedures. Call 911 and request emergency transportation to Highland's Geriatric Fracture Center. Apply ice to the site of the fracture. Keep the patient lying down and as still as possible. Cover to keep warm. If there is bleeding, place a clean cloth or hand over the wound and apply gentle pressure to stop the bleeding. Do not move the patient unless he or she is in danger of further injury at that location. Do not attempt to re-align a broken bone yourself. Do not provide the patient with foods or fluids by mouth. This may delay administration of a general anesthetic when emergency surgery is required. When the patient is moved, make sure that a splint is used to immobilize the injury.