Triage nurse X-ray protocols for hand and wrist injuries

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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
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2010
Externally publishedYes


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


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