Orthopaedic trauma for the general orthopaedist: avoiding problems and pitfalls in treatment.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

The Advanced Trauma Life Support program of the American College of Surgeons has developed a de facto standard of care for the first hour of treatment of patients with trauma who are treated in North America. No equivalent for the treatment of orthopaedic trauma has been established. We provide an overview of the important topics every orthopaedist treating patients with musculoskeletal trauma should be familiar with. The topics include: (1) diagnosis of musculoskeletal injury and documentation of physical exam; (2) pelvic ring injuries; (3) open fractures; (4) compartment syndrome; (5) the timing of definitive fixation in the patient with polytrauma; (6) delayed diagnosis of musculoskeletal injury; and (7) deep venous thrombosis prophylaxis.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Olson, SA; Rhorer, AS

Published Date

  • April 2005

Published In

Start / End Page

  • 30 - 37

PubMed ID

  • 15805934

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0009-921X


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States