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Emergency Department Evaluation of the Knee

Emergency Department Evaluation of the Knee More than 10,000 individuals receive treatment in emergency departments (EDs) each day for injuries sustained in sports, recreation, and exercise activities. One of those complaints includes knee injuries (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2006). Although there are many ways to sustain injury to the knee, it is essential that the ED nurse practitioner develop a logical and systematic approach to the examination of this complex structure. Consistent use of a standard approach to each patient helps ensure that important aspects or findings are not being overlooked. A thorough understanding and familiarity with both the normal and abnormal knee is required to be able to adequately assess, treat, and appropriately refer for orthopedic consultation when indicated. Key words: abnormal knee examination, knee examination, knee injuries, normal knee examination proper patient history (Table 1). In many NEE injuries are a common complaint and account for many emergency de- cases, the time taken to obtain a detailed his- Kpartment (ED) visits each year. Al- tory affords enough information that an accu- though there are many ways to sustain in- rate differential diagnosis may be made. Infor- jury to the knee, it is essential that the ED mation regarding the history of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal Wolters Kluwer Health

Emergency Department Evaluation of the Knee

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© 2007 Wolters Kluwer Health | Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
ISSN
1931-4485
eISSN
1931-4493
DOI
10.1097/01.TME.0000286967.24782.9b

Abstract

More than 10,000 individuals receive treatment in emergency departments (EDs) each day for injuries sustained in sports, recreation, and exercise activities. One of those complaints includes knee injuries (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2006). Although there are many ways to sustain injury to the knee, it is essential that the ED nurse practitioner develop a logical and systematic approach to the examination of this complex structure. Consistent use of a standard approach to each patient helps ensure that important aspects or findings are not being overlooked. A thorough understanding and familiarity with both the normal and abnormal knee is required to be able to adequately assess, treat, and appropriately refer for orthopedic consultation when indicated. Key words: abnormal knee examination, knee examination, knee injuries, normal knee examination proper patient history (Table 1). In many NEE injuries are a common complaint and account for many emergency de- cases, the time taken to obtain a detailed his- Kpartment (ED) visits each year. Al- tory affords enough information that an accu- though there are many ways to sustain in- rate differential diagnosis may be made. Infor- jury to the knee, it is essential that the ED mation regarding the history of

Journal

Advanced Emergency Nursing JournalWolters Kluwer Health

Published: Jul 1, 2007

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