Have you ever been working a shift at 3 AM and wondered, “Am I missing something? I’ll just splint and instruct the patient to follow up with their PCP in 1 week.” This is a reasonable approach, especially if you’re concerned there could be a fracture. But we can do better. Enter the “Can’t Miss” series: a series organized by body part that will help identify common and catastrophic injuries. This list is not meant to be a comprehensive review of each body part, but rather to highlight and improve your sensitivity for these potentially catastrophic injuries. Last post, we reviewed the elbow. Now, the “Can’t Miss” adult wrist injuries.
- 25% of all sports related injuries involve the hand or wrist .
- Approximately 1.5% of all emergency department visits involve the hand and forearm .
- Missed wrist injuries can be highly morbid if injuries are missed.
- Missed wrist injuries are a common area of litigation.