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Evidence-Based Management Of Acute Hand Injuries In The Emergency Department (Trauma CME)

December 2014

Abstract

Although injuries of the hand are infrequently life-threatening, they are common in the emergency department and are associated with significant patient morbidity and medicolegal risk for physicians. Care of patients with acute hand injury begins with a focused history and physical examination. In most clinical scenarios, a diagnosis is achieved clinically or with plain radiographs. While most patients require straightforward treatment, the emergency clinician must rapidly identify limb-threatening injuries, obtain critical clinical information, navigate diagnostic uncertainty, and facilitate specialist consultation, when required. This review discusses the clinical evaluation and management of high-morbidity hand injuries in the context of the current evidence.

Keywords: acute hand injury, identify limb-threatening injuries, management of high-morbidity hand injuries

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