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Orthop Clin North Am. 2020 Apr;51(2):235-239. doi: 10.1016/j.ocl.2019.11.006. Epub 2019 Dec 25.

Operative Distal Radial Fractures: A Comparison of Time to Surgery After Evaluation by Surgical and Nonsurgical Providers in a Walk-in Clinic.

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1
University of Tennessee-Campbell Clinic Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Biomedical Engineering, 1211 Union Avenue, Suite 510, Memphis, TN 38104, USA. Electronic address: mfournie@uthsc.edu.
2
University of Tennessee-Campbell Clinic Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Biomedical Engineering, 1211 Union Avenue, Suite 510, Memphis, TN 38104, USA.

Abstract

To determine if orthopedic surgeons are more efficient than nonsurgical providers at care of operative injuries in walk-in clinics, patients in a walk-in clinic for evaluation of acute injury who subsequently had surgical treatment of isolated distal radial fracture were compared based on whether the initial visit was with a surgical or nonsurgical provider. Initial evaluation in a walk-in orthopedic clinic setting versus a conventional hand surgeon's clinic was associated with longer delay between initial evaluation and surgical treatment, but this difference may not be significant. Evaluation by a nonsurgical provider was not associated with increased duration to definitive treatment.

KEYWORDS:

Distal radial fracture; Evaluation; Nonsurgical providers; Walk-in clinic

PMID:
32138861
DOI:
10.1016/j.ocl.2019.11.006
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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