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164316 - Orthopaedic fracture management in Primary care

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Eastern Health Specialists will discuss appropriate diagnostic imaging, common fracture management in primary care and when referral is required.

Relevance to General Practice

High utilisation of emergency departments for primary care-type presentations (Category 4 & 5) is an area of focus. A 2018 audit of GP referrals to Box Hill Hospital revealed that the un-displaced upper and lower limb fractures of adults and children were the most common “potentially avoidable” presentation. 
This identified gap in primary care requires upskilling of GPs. If appropriately trained, GPs could manage stable un-displaced fractures within their General Practices. The outcome of this would be reduced demand in ED/OPD by decreasing the burden of presentations.

Learning outcomes
  • Increase knowledge of diagnostic imaging and identify different modalities in the management of fractures
  • Describe the principles of assessment and immediate management of the patient with suspected fracture of the upper or lower limb
  • Identify fractures associated with a high risk for complication and requiring urgent referral to orthopaedic services
  • Identify common paediatric orthopaedic conditions/diseases
  • Use the HealthPathways portal to identify appropriate referral processes and resources available to support patient management
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    164316 - Orthopaedic fracture management in Primary care
    Provider Type
    Education Provider
    6 hours
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    6 hours
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