Pretibial lacerations: management and treatment in the emergency department
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Pretibial lacerations: management and treatment in the emergency department

Caron Ireland Senior staff nurse, A&E at St Helier Hospital, Surrey

Emergency department nurses need practice protocols to assess and manage patients with pretibial lacerations, says CARON IRELAND, to ensure that treatment is consistent and effective

Emergency nurses deal regularly with traumatic wounds (Holt 2005) and, under guidelines outlined in The NHS Plan (Department of Health 2000) and Reforming Emergency Care (DH 2001), can see and treat patients in dressing clinics without consulting doctors.

Emergency Nurse. 14, 9, 18-25. doi: 10.7748/en2007.02.14.9.18.c4222

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