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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Looks like chicken

Saw my first compound fracture. The patient was in a looooottt of pain (probably made worse from the psychological aspect of seeing your bones). The proximal interphalangeal joint of the first digit (aka thumb joint) was dislocated and completely out of the skin. There was a very neat horizontal laceration. It just popped right out of there.

I was struck by the whiteness of the bone. Looked like a chicken bone.



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The dislocation was reduced, the lac was sutured, and I think the pt was referred to an orthopedic surgeon and/or plastics for follow up.

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6 comments:

The Nerdy Nurse said...

I cannot imagine seeing my bones. I'm not squeamish, but something tells me that a protruding bone might be the very thing that throws me over the edge.

Where they in agony? It to have been terrible painful!

NP Odyssey said...

Cool. How did you get that picture?

undergrad RN said...

It was from a Google search - that's not my pt :)

undergrad RN said...

And yes it was very painful. The guy was asking for drugs as soon as he walked in the door. He was surprisingly good natured about it though!

Cathy said...

Ouch! I think I can feel some pain just looking at that photo. I can only imagine my pain level if it was my own bone I was looking at.

E. Sheppard said...

Wow. It does look super-duper white. Weird!

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