Fracture Management for Primary Care: Expert Consult - Online and Print / Edition 3

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Fracture Management for Primary Care provides the guidance you need to evaluate and treat common fractures, as well as identify uncommon fractures that should be referred to a specialist. Drs. M. Patrice Eiff and Robert Hatch emphasize the current best guidelines for imaging and treating fractures so that you can make accurate identifications and select appropriate treatment. Detailed descriptions and illustrations combined with evidence-based coverage give you the confidence you need to make the right decisions. Online access to procedural videos and patient handouts at make this quick, practical resource even more convenient for primary care clinicians who manage fractures.

  • Access the information you need, the way you need it with a template format for presenting each type of fracture.
  • Diagnose fractures accurately with the many high-quality images.
  • Clearly see the anatomic relationships of bones and joints through schematic illustrations.
  • Reference key information quickly and easily thanks to one-page management tables that summarize pertinent aspects of diagnosis and treatment.
  • Treat displaced fractures using detailed, step-by-step descriptions of the most common reduction techniques.
  • Access the fully searchable text online at, along with video clips of reduction maneuvers and downloadable patient education and rehabilitation instruction handouts.
  • Accurately identify fractures using optimal imaging guidelines.
  • Apply splints and casts with confidence thanks to detailed descriptions and illustrations of technique.
  • Tap into the latest best practices through more evidence-based coverage and updated references.
  • Effectively manage emergency situations using guidelines for emergent referral, greater detail regarding methods for closed reductions for fractures and dislocations, and more.

Know how and when to treat fractures and when to refer your patients to a specialist

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Vincent F Carr, DO, MSA, FACC, FACP (Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences)
Description: This third edition of an extensive review for primary care providers on how to care for patients with fractures includes access to a website with videos and additional resources. The previous edition was published in 2003.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants with training and continuing education in fracture care.
Audience: It is intended for all primary care providers who may see patients with fractures in their daily practice of medicine.
Features: The book covers most fractures primary care physicians may encounter, but it also discusses others, such as facial and skull fractures, that are generally beyond the training and experience of this audience. This information could be helpful if the book included guidelines about when to refer patients with these complicated fractures to specialists. Some chapters do include a section on "Indications for Referral," but I got the impression that referral was the choice of last resort, despite some statements in the first chapter. For example, the video accessible at the website describes examining for neurovascular integrity before performing a procedure, but does not suggest referral for any compromised findings. My concern is for inexperienced clinicians who do not understand the limitations of their experience and may not refer patients in a timely manner. The videos are technically well done and play easily with an Internet connection, but the print quality of the x-rays leaves a bit to be desired.
Assessment: This is a worthwhile reference in a primary care provider's personal library. My concern is that the book does not emphasize that some fractures need to be referred to specialty care and may give inexperienced providers an incorrect impression of the scope of care required to treat some complex fractures.
From the Publisher

"This third edition of Fracture Management For Primary Care, published 8 years after the second, has been significantly enhanced while maintaining its basic framework. With the continuing need for primary care physicians to assume the central role in the contemporary and anticipated models of health care delivery, this book is an excellent and timely addition. ... The stated aim of Fracture Management for Primary Care is 'to produce a practical user-friendly book that helps clinicians manage their patients who have fractures'. This 384-page book is edited by experienced family physicians, with contributions from 8 other family physicians. ...The description in the opening chapter of general principles of fracture care provides a well-thought-out, well-organized basic framework to apply to care of the specific fractures described in the subsequent chapters. The guidelines for when to refer a patient to an orthopedic surgeon are explicitly presented. Each chapter is organized in a consistent manner. ... (This) overall organization and consistency is perhaps the most useful feature in a book that lends itself to quick, practical, readable, and easy access in day-to-day practice. The book is full of radiographic images and line drawings related to almost all of the fractures described. ... Although the book is exceedingly practical and concise, it provides sufficient coverage of the breadth of the fractures and related problems seen in primary care. In this context, the breadth and depth of topics covered are exemplified by reviews regarding epiphyseal fractures, pediatric scaphoid fractures, distal clavicular fractures, scapular fractures, spine fractures, nontraumatic osteoporotic fractures, complex regional pain syndrome, and facial and skull fractures." -Dilip R. Patel, MD, Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, Kalamazoo; JAMA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781437704280
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 9/30/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 277,544
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Fracture Management By Primary Care Providers 1

2 General Principles Of Fracture Care 5

3 Finger Fractures Ryan C. Petering 36

4 Metacarpal Fractures Charles W Webb 63

5 Carpal Fractures Ryan C. Petering 84

6 Radius And Ulna Fractures Adam Prawer 102

7 Elbow Fractures 130

8 Humerus Fractures 154

9 Clavicle And Scapula Fractures 175

10 Spine Fractures 187

11 Femurand Pelvis Fractures 214

12 Patellar, Tibial, And Fibular Fractures 234

13 Ankle Fractures 258

14 Calcaneus And Other Tarsal Fractures 276

15 Metatarsal Fractures Michael Seth Smith 299

16 Toe Fractures 319

17 Facial And Skull Fractures John Mafaty 327

18 Rib Fractures 341

Appendix (Casting And Splinting) Michael J. Petrizzi 346

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