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AOL7 Experienced practitioners: assessment and management of hand injuries

Course summary

Aimed at registered nurses, paramedics and other healthcare professionals who examine and assess hand injuries (open and closed) on a regular basis, in an acute setting. This may be an Emergency Department or Urgent Care Setting. The focus is on patients aged 18 years or older.

Who should attend?

Those attending this course will already be practising in an advanced practitioner role. They will therefore already have a good understanding of anatomy and physiology of the body part being taught.

Delegates should also have competent history taking skills as this will not be covered in any great depth. It is also expected that attendees will practice the assessment skills outside of the course session to consolidate their learning. 

Important notes

The course is a half day course. If delivered face to face a morning and afternoon session to two different groups will be held.

All course material, certificate of attendance and evaluations are provided. 


Course duration Course CPD In-house Course
0.5 day(s) 4 hour(s) POA

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Aims / objectives

  • Review hand and finger anatomy
  • Reinforce existing knowledge around taking a targeted, organised, safe patient history 
  • Explore assessment of the hand and fingers, including physical examination and x-ray findings
  • Discuss differential diagnoses of hand and finger injuries
  • Building confidence in choosing appropriate management options, including safe and appropriate referral. 

Course programme

  • Revision of anatomy of the hand and fingers
  • Revision of history taking 
  • Examination technique to include assessing for neurological and functional deficit
  • X-ray interpretation and findings
  • Nerve block (e.g. ring block technique) for wound and tendon examination 
  • Common hand/finger injuries and treatment choices
  • When to refer to specialist hand surgeons

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