Trauma to the brachial plexus may have unfortunate physical, psychological, and social effects. Because this nerve network provides motor and sensory innervation to the arm and hand, an injury may result in functional impairment with comcomitant loss in confidence and self-image. It is important for nurses to understand the properties of peripheral nerves and to appreciate the ramifications of injuries to these nerves.
Questions or comments regarding this article may be directed to the author at: 1207 Old Forest Road, Birmingham, Alabama 35243. Ms. Bowens is a Trauma Clinical Nurse Specialist in the Burn/Trauma Unit at University Hospital/University of Alabama-Birmingham.
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