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Summary: A Navy Training Film, beginning by stating that one must be familiar with shipboard diagnosis and treatment of common facial injuries, which can often appear somewhat alarming when first seen though, (as the patient must be reassured), this appearance generally improves drastically "within a short space of time, with little or no treatment".
Description: The identical considerations for the many different types of common fracture are outlined: how long the patient will be at sea; how long the fracture would take to naturally mend in the right position; how bad the injury is, bearing in mind that fractures are often complicated by head injury or concussion. Specific cases are looked at with their typical procedures. The key considerations in first aid treatment are summarised as B.B.C. - Breathing, Bleeding, Consciousness. When shipboard surgery is needed, general anaesthetic is not always possible or advisable - but sedation can be given intramuscularly with one a variety of substances one hour before the operation. Following an explanation of the patient's necessary dental conditions, a surgical procedure is seen in close-up. Finally, the importance of preventing complications in the aftermath, and the patient's dietary requirements, are cited - then time-lapse photography demonstrates the proper way to pack the first-aid kit.