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

Spear, Marcia ACNP-BC, CPSN, CWS

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

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.

Marcia Spear, ACNP-BC, CPSN, CWS, is Nurse Practitioner and Certified Wound Specialist, Department of Plastic Surgery, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN.

Address correspondence to Marcia Spear, ACNP-BC, CPSN, CWS, Department of Plastic Surgery, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, D-4207 Medical Center North, Nashville, TN 37232 (e-mail: marcia.spear@vanderbilt.edu)

The authors has no conflict of interest.

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