Trauma Series: Extremity Injuries
Advances in modern medicine have improved both physicians’ abilities to salvage limbs in cases of extreme trauma and patients’ potential to have a good quality of life when amputation is a necessary resolution to injury. However, without rapid and appropriate intervention, extremity trauma has a high incidence of morbidity. Nurses and all members of the health team play a vital role in the initial treatment and ongoing management and support of patients with extremity trauma, a role that has a significant impact on each patient’s recovery and rehabilitation. This course will provide advanced learning for nurses interested in the management of the trauma patient with an extremity injury.
- Open versus closed injuries
- Blunt versus penetrating injuries
- Simple versus complex trauma
- Types of Injuries
- Soft Tissue
- Vascular Trauma
- Hard Signs
- Soft Signs
- Nerve Trauma
- Seddon’s Classification System
- Sunerland’s Classification System
- Bone Trauma
- Diagnosis and Treatment
- Early Stabilization
- Evaluation and Identification of Extremity Injury
- Wound infection
- Delayed union or nonunion
- Loss of muscle function
- Inability to achieve skin closure
- Chronic pain
- Radiologic imaging and surgical evaluation
- Treatment by general or trauma surgeon with involvement from specialists
- Prognostic factors for limb salvage
- Amputation and limb loss
- Risk factors for amputation
- Gustilo III-C injuries
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