Scaphoid fractures
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Scaphoid fractures

Cathal McNally Staff nurse, Craigavon Area Hospital, County Armagh
Mark Gillespie Specialist nurse practitioner, Critical care majoring in trauma nursing and lecturer in emergency care at the University of Ulster

CATHAL MCNALLY and MARK GILLESPIE discuss the role of specialist nurse practitioners in assessing suspected scaphoid fractures

Wrist injuries are frequently encountered in emergency departments (Chakravarty et al 2002). When patients present with such injuries, the possibility of scaphoid fracture must be considered by specialist and emergency nurse practitioners because, if misdiagnosed or neglected, they can lead to long-term functional disability and chronic pain (Krasin et al 2001).

Emergency Nurse. 12, 1, 21-25. doi: 10.7748/en2004.04.12.1.21.c1149

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