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Colles' Fracture

Altizer, Linda L.

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

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.”

Author Information

Linda L. Altizer, MSN, RN, ON, CLNC, Armed Forces Medical Examiner's office.

The author has no significant interest, financial or otherwise, to any company that might have an interest in the publication of this educational activity.

© 2008 National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses