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Applied hand anatomy: its importance in accident & emergency.
  1. N M Murphy,
  2. D B Olney
  1. Department of Accident & Emergency Medicine, Milton Keynes General Hospital, Eaglestone.

    Abstract

    Hand injuries account for 10-20% of an Accident & Emergency department's workload. Early recognition of serious injury is vital to ensure appropriate management. This is only possible with a good working knowledge of hand anatomy. Forty consecutive A&E senior house officers (SHOs) were assessed on their knowledge of basic hand anatomy. The results are discussed as are the implications for undergraduate and post-graduate training.

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