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Management of Children With Humeral Supracondylar Fractures in the Emergency Department

McCague, Yvonne MSc; Lynch, Richard MMedSci, FRCIS, FFAE

Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal:
doi: 10.1097/TME.0b013e3181fb0805
Cases of Note

Supracondylar fractures are common injuries in children who sustain orthopedic trauma. These fractures represents 60% of pediatric elbow fractures and 11% of all fractures sustained by young children. There is significant morbidity associated with supracondylar fractures in children, including nerve and vascular injuries. Therefore, appropriate and timely management of children presenting with this injury to the emergency department is crucial for a satisfactory outcome. A comprehensive physical examination, radiologic assessment and intepretation, and appropriate treatment are imperative in the care of these patients.

Author Information

Emergency Department, Midland Regional Hospital, Mullingar, Ireland.

Corresponding Author: Yvonne McCague, MSc, Emergency Department, Midland Regional Hospital, Mullingar, Ireland (

The authors did not receive any outside funding or grants from any organization in support of this work.

© 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.