Sunday, February 28, 2010

Still smiling after moving around on a broken femur

This beautiful young woman was seen in the ED tent at University Hospital for hip pain, three weeks after the earthquake.

She had been seen other places twice before and given pain medications. With the notes on the WHO paperwork we could follow her care and with a brief assessment we decided that she most likely had some type of femur/NOF fracture. This was confirmed by x-ray and with the liaison that we had with the team on the comfort, International Medical Corps Dr. Brian Crawford coordinated her transfer to the USS Comfort.

I was impressed by the ability of her to still smile after moving around on a broken femur----ouch. She was also the last patient that I transferred to the Comfort.

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