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Broken Bones: Common Pediatric FracturesPart I

Hart, Erin S.; Albright, Maurice B.; Rebello, Gleeson N.; Grottkau, Brian E.

Orthopaedic Nursing:
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Abstract

Musculoskeletal injuries are one of the most frequently encountered problems in pediatric practice, with fractures accounting for a surprisingly large percentage of these injuries. A fracture occurs when bone is subjected to more energy than it can absorb. Pediatric healthcare providers must have a good understanding of normal bone growth and development and must recognize common mechanisms of injury and fracture patterns seen in children. Nearly 20% of children who present with an injury have a fracture, and it is estimated that 42% of boys and 27% of girls will sustain a fracture during childhood (Wilkins, 1996). The immature skeleton has several unique properties that directly affect the management of fractures in children.

Author Information

Erin S. Hart, MS, RN, CPNP, Pediatric Orthopaedic Nurse Practitioner, Massachusetts General Hospital for Children, Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care, Boston, Massachusetts.

Maurice B. Albright, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital for Children, Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care, Boston, Massachusetts.

Gleeson N. Rebello, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital for Children, Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care, Boston, Massachusetts.

Brian E. Grottkau, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital for Children, Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care, Boston, Massachusetts.

© 2006 National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses