25yo Male patient comes in with pain to his left leg after a car accident. Anyone standing near to him can tell that the deformity noted is a femur fracture…..his thigh bone is broken…..
Great…supposedly an easy textbook case for patient management. However, this is not my patient.
When I am passing later, I pass close to the patient and notice that the deformity is much worse and the patient’s leg has started to swell more.
Apparently whoever splinted the leg put the splint only up to the knee. Of course the patient moving around has caused further injury to the damaged thigh.
The bone damaged is the femur….the bone in the upper part of the leg…splinting up to the knee does not do a damn thing…..