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Orthopedic trauma 

Orthopedic trauma
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Orthopedic trauma
Author(s):

Boris A. Zelle

, Peter A. Siska

, and Ivan S. Tarkin

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199777709.003.0011
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date: 10 April 2020

A significant number of trauma patients sustain musculoskeletal injuries. As comparedto major head, thoracic, abdominal, and vascular injuries, most musculoskeletal injuries are not immediately life threatening. However, the long-termfunctional outcomes of polytrauma patients are often predicated on their orthopedicinjuries. Thus, thoughtful and timely treatment of fractures and dislocationsplays a major role in the management protocol of the severely injuredpatient.

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