missed fractures

Missed fractures consistently rank in the top list of medico-legal errors in the emergency department.   A few articles on the incidence of missed fractures Diagnostic errors in an accident and emergency department. Emerg Med J 2001;18:263-269. In an analysis of 953 diagnostic errors on injured patients, diagnostic errors included:  79% fractures, 2% dislocations, 2%…

J: joint, bones, skin

The final systems are the extremities, Here are a few mnemonics for the approach to ARTHRITIS, ORTHOPEDICS and DERMATOLOGYZ   ACUTE JOINT PAIN monoarthritis Aureus and gonorrhea: septic artritis Rifringent crystals: gout and pseudogout Trauma Hemarthrosis polyarthritis Rheumatic fever Infection: bacterial (gonorrhea) or post-infectious (reactive arthritis after GI/GU) Tic: Lyme Infection viral: hepatitis, HIV, parvovirus…