Triage nurse X-ray protocols for hand and wrist injuries

David Hunter

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Abstract

Enabling triage nurses to request X-rays has a number of benefits for patients and staff. This article describes the development of a protocol and in-house training programme that allows triage nurses to assess patients with hand and wrist injuries, make a differential diagnosis of potential fracture and request X-rays. The protocol not only improves patients' journeys, but also empowers members of the emergency department's nursing team to develop new skills.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20-4
Number of pages5
JournalEmergency nurse : the journal of the RCN Accident and Emergency Nursing Association
Volume17
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2010
Externally publishedYes

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Wrist Injuries
Hand Injuries
Triage
Nurses
X-Rays
Emergency Nursing
Hospital Emergency Service
Differential Diagnosis
Education

Keywords

  • Clinical Competence
  • Clinical Protocols
  • Emergency Nursing
  • Emergency Service, Hospital
  • Hand Injuries
  • Humans
  • Professional Autonomy
  • Triage
  • Wrist Injuries
  • x-rays

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In: Emergency nurse : the journal of the RCN Accident and Emergency Nursing Association, Vol. 17, No. 9, 02.2010, p. 20-4.

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