Trauma

Back to Basics: Open & Depressed Skull Fractures

This post is not intended to be a comprehensive review of skull fracture types and management, but rather a discussion of two subtypes of skull fracture – open and depressed fractures.  I chose this topic because it’s something I saw frequently during my recent elective working in an emergency department in Kumasi, Ghana.  In the United States at trauma centers these patients are frequently managed immediately by neurosurgery; however, with few consultants available, I was able to be more involved in the prolonged care of these patients. If faced with these types of severe head/skull injuries in a community hospital, it is important to feel comfortable with the initial management.  

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The Must-Know Complications of Supracondylar Fractures

Supracondylar fractures are the most common upper extremity fracture in the pediatric population therfore every emergency medicine provider should be deeply familiar with the known complications of such pathology. This post will introduce the types of supracondylar fractures and known complications.

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The AMPT Score: Do We Know Who Should be Transported By Helicopter?

Helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) offers rapid transport to trauma centers while simultaneously providing advanced prehospital care. It is through these reasons that HEMS carries a survival benefit over ground emergency medical services (GEMS). However, increasing financial burdens and aviation risks to flight crews/patients complicate the decision to transport a patient by HEMS.

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