Congenital and acquired umbilical hernias: examination and treatment
Anthony Summers Nurse practitioner, Redlands Hospital emergency department, Cleveland, Queensland, Australia
Anthony Summers outlines how urgent care staff should recognise and treat defects in the anterior abdominal wall in children and adults
Many adults and children with painful swellings to the abdomen present to emergency departments (EDs) and are diagnosed with umbilical hernia. Some of these patients require urgent surgery because the hernia has become incarcerated or strangulated, while others can be discharged home safely. This article explains what an umbilical hernia is and what causes it, and discusses how the abdomen should be examined. The article also reviews potential management techniques in EDs and how nurse practitioners can explain the condition to the patients concerned.
Emergency Nurse. 21, 10, 26-28. doi: 10.7748/en2014.03.21.10.26.e1260Correspondence
This article has been subject to double blind peer reviewConflict of interest
Received: 25 October 2013
Accepted: 02 February 2014