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Plastic Surgical Nursing:
doi: 10.1097/01.PSN.0000360893.35161.e1
Article: Continuing Education

Outcomes of Lower Extremity Injuries Sustained During Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom

Spear, Marcia ACNP-BC, CPSN, CWS

Continued Education
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Abstract

Lower extremity war injuries are complex because of changes in weaponry and ballistics. Outcomes of a functional lower extremity depend on early transport, early debridement and washout, and advanced surgical techniques such as microvascular procedures. The purpose of this article is to present evidence on the outcomes of lower extremity complex injuries and provide evidence-based factors that contribute to these outcomes.

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