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EM Boards Survival Guide: Orthopedics 1

Welcome back to the EM Boards Survival Guide! This emDocs series will provide you with regular tips and must-know items for EM boards and inservice. Each post will feature several key takeaways on a specific organ system. This week we cover orthopedics.


EM@3AM: High-Pressure Injection Injury

A 43-year-old male right hand dominant man presents with pain and swelling of his left index finger. He is a professional painter and was using an industrial pain sprayer when he injected his left index finger. It now is exquisitely painful, with a large degree of swelling. What’s the diagnosis, and what’s your next step in your evaluation and treatment?


EM@3AM: 5th Metatarsal Fractures

A 23-year-old female presents with left foot pain after rolling her ankle in volleyball. She has some minor ankle pain, but her lateral foot is painful to touch or with weightbearing. On exam, the base of her 5th metatarsal is tender to palpation, with swelling and ecchymosis. What are your next steps, and what is the likely diagnosis?