I’m Falling to Pieces: An Orthopaedic Primer for the Non-Orthopaedically Inclined

Orthopaedic injuries that may be observed in adult Critical Care, with an emphasis on assessment of skeletal injury, non-operative vs. operative repair, and essential post-operative assessments and role of the Critical Care Nurse in prevention of complications. [60 or 75 minutes]


Key Content

  • Review: Anatomy and Physiology of Bone 
  • Anatomy of Bone Fracture / Bone Healing and Repair
  • Orthopaedic Trauma in Adult Critical Care:  Cervical Spine and Spinal Cord Injury, Fractured Hip and Pelvis, Fractured Femur, Fractured Extremities
  •  “Damage Control Orthopaedics” 
  • Orthopaedic Treatment: Traction (skin, skeletal) /  External Fixation
  • Prevention of Complications - Deep Vein Thrombosis, Pulmonary Embolism, Compartment Syndrome