Managing children’s forearm fractures in the emergency department
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Managing children’s forearm fractures in the emergency department

Jenny Edmonds Advanced clinical practitioner, Children’s Emergency Department, Paediatrics, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Norwich, England
Matilda Bignell Staff nurse, Children’s Emergency Department, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Norwich, England
Phoebe Coward Staff nurse, Children’s Emergency Department, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Norwich, England
Sarah Leonard Trainee nursing associate, Children’s Emergency Department, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Norwich, England
Emma Wolten Staff nurse, Children’s Emergency Department, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Norwich, England

Why you should read this article:
  • To enhance your clinical understanding of children’s forearm fractures and their management in the emergency department

  • To familiarise yourself with the assessment of forearm fractures in children

  • To develop techniques for managing painful procedures that affect children

Forearm fractures are the most common fractures among children and young people aged up to 19 years and these patients frequently present to the emergency department (ED). Many of these fractures can be treated in the ED without the need for inpatient admission. This article examines the assessment, diagnosis and management of forearm fractures. The authors also use a case study format to demonstrate best practice in the treatment of forearm fractures in this age group. The information in this article will enable ED nurses to enhance the experience of children and their families who present with forearm fractures.

Emergency Nurse. doi: 10.7748/en.2021.e2099

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software

Correspondence

jenny.edmonds1@gmail.com

Conflict of interest

None declared

Edmonds J, Bignell M, Coward P et al (2021) Managing children’s forearm fractures in the emergency department. Emergency Nurse. doi: 10.7748/en.2021.e2099

Published online: 07 September 2021

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