How to use PRICE treatment for soft tissue injuries
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Evidence & Practice    

How to use PRICE treatment for soft tissue injuries

Cormac Norton Senior lecturer in emergency care/adult nursing, De Montfort University Leicester, Leicester, England
Rationale and key points

This article assists nurses to use the acronym PRICE (protection, rest, ice, compression and elevation) to guide the treatment of patients with uncomplicated soft tissue injuries to their upper or lower limbs.

Treatment of soft tissue injuries to limbs is important to reduce complications following injury, alleviate pain and ensure normal limb functioning is restored promptly.

Nurses should have an understanding of the rationale and evidence base supporting PRICE treatment of soft tissue injuries.

Providing accurate information to patients and carers about the management of soft tissue injuries and anticipated recovery time is an important aspect of treatment.

Further research is required to develop best practice in the treatment of soft tissue injuries.

Reflective activity

‘How to’ articles can help you update your practice and ensure it remains evidence based. Apply this article to your practice. Reflect on and write a short account of:

How this article might change your practice when managing patients with soft tissue injuries to upper or lower limbs.

Positive elements of your current practice and those that could be enhanced.

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Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2016.e10506


Peer review

All articles are subject to external double-blind peer-review and checked for plagiarism using automated software

Received: 29 March 2016

Accepted: 21 April 2016

Published online: 13 August 2016

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