SplintER Series: Ankle Dislocation | Leg Day #4

Welcome to Leg Day #4 of the SplintER Series! Ankle dislocations are an emergent condition in the Emergency Department (ED) that requires expert-level examination and management. We review the pertinent and subtle sports medicine examination and management techniques that will help you feel in control from time of presentation to disposition. 

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SplintER Series: A Case of Traumatic Wrist Pain After Fall on Outstretched Hand

lunate dislocation xray

A 46 year-old male presents with wrist pain after sustaining a mechanical fall and catching himself on his outstretched hand. An anteroposterior (left) and lateral (right) plain films of the wrist are obtained (photo credit).

What is the diagnosis (hint – there are 2 findings), injury classification system, associated findings, and the recommended management plan?

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SplintER Series: 2-Minute Knee Exam | Leg Day #3 | MSK Exam Series

Knee Pain

Welcome to Leg Day #3 of the SplintER Series! Performing a fast and focused history and physical examination of a patient with an acute knee injury is an important skill that has the potential to be overlooked in our busy Emergency Departments. Our hope is that after reviewing this post and with enough practice you will be able to complete your exam within 2 minutes! These are can’t-miss points and expert tips on the knee exam for your next shift in the ED.

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2019-12-02T10:07:06-08:00

Significance of a traumatic pneumothorax or hemothorax found only on CT imaging

Pneumothorax CTA 32 year old woman arrives in your emergency department after being in a motor vehicle collision where she was the seat-belted driver. She undergoes chest CT imaging despite a negative chest x-ray because of her ongoing anterior chest wall diffuse tenderness. You discover a small 10% pneumothorax (PTX), but no other associated thoracic injuries. Should you place a tube thoracostomy (chest tube)? Should this patient be admitted to the hospital? A 2019 Annals of Emergency Medicine paper by the NEXUS Chest research group tackles these questions.1

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2019-03-28T21:36:39-07:00

SplintER Series: Hip Dislocation | Leg Day #2

Hip dislocation xray - SplintER seriesWelcome to Leg Day #2 of the SplintER Series. Following up with the Leg Day #1’s primer on tibial plateau fractures, another key orthopedic injury of the leg is hip dislocation. A hip dislocation occurs when there is separation of the head of the femur from the acetabulum of the pelvis in either an anterior or posterior direction.1

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SplintER Series: Complications & Discharge Care Plans | Splint Principles 103

complications of splintingThe SplintER Series is back with its third installment! In this series, we review splinting fundamentals, introduce advanced concepts, and highlight ways to implement these into your next shift. In SplintER 102, we reviewed the materials used in splinting and a general approach to applying a splint. Today’s post puts the spotlight on some of the potential complications of splinting, discharge care plans, and pharmacological adjuncts to aid in recovery.
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2018-03-07T09:39:55-08:00