Orthopaedic Nursing

Orthopaedic Nursing:
doi: 10.1097/01.NOR.0000315631.30676.2b
Orthopaedic Essentials

Colles' Fracture

Altizer, Linda L.

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Many people “slip and fall,” especially in the icy areas of the winter season. To prevent an injury to the head, most people put their hand out to hit the ground first, so the wrist usually gets injured. The most frequent injury from this type of “intervention” is a fracture to the distal radius and/or ulna, which is frequently called a “Colles' fracture.”

© 2008 National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses


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