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Fracture, Open

Fracture, Open is a topic covered in the 5-Minute Emergency Consult.

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Basics

Description

  • Continuity between skin violation and fracture site, ranging from a puncture wound to grossly exposed bone
  • Surgical urgency, as delays in care increase risk of infection and rate of complications
  • Predisposition to complications in certain patients:
    • Massive soft tissue damage
    • Severe wound contamination
    • Compromised vascularity
    • Fracture instability
    • Compromised host (diabetes, vascular disease)

Etiology

Open fractures typically result from significant blunt force or penetrating trauma.

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TY - ELEC T1 - Fracture, Open ID - 307254 ED - Barkin,Adam Z, ED - Barkin,Roger M, ED - Hayden,Stephen R, ED - Rosen,Peter, ED - Schaider,Jeffrey J, ED - Shayne,Philip, ED - Wolfe,Richard E, BT - 5-Minute Emergency Consult UR - https://emergency.unboundmedicine.com/emergency/view/5-Minute_Emergency_Consult/307254/all/Fracture__Open PB - Lippincott Williams & Wilkins ET - 5 DB - Emergency Central DP - Unbound Medicine ER -