Telemedicine Via iPhone

Tue, 10/12/2010 - 6:55am

I was seeing a youngster on a recent Sunday morning, an aspiring linebacker, playing the local Pop Warner football league who had injured his right fourth finger in a tackle gone awry.  It was kind of an ugly fracture -- angulated, rotated, and involving the growth plate. (Salter-Harris II, for those keeping score at home.)  Looking at it, and knowing that it was the young fellow's dominant hand, I was a little apprehensive about reducing it myself. It's not too complex to reduce a finger, but you really want it done right, and you hate to subject the kid to multiple attempts.  Since we have a hand surgeon on call, I decided to give her a buzz and get her take on the injury and whether she wanted to do it herself.

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