This guideline covers assessing and managing non-complex fractures that can be treated in the emergency department or orthopaedic clinic. It aims to improve practice so that people with fractures receive the care that they need without unnecessary tests and treatments.
Fractures (non-complex): assessment and management should be read alongside the NICE guidelines on major trauma, major trauma: service delivery, spinal injury and fractures (complex).
This guideline addresses variation in practice and includes recommendations on:
- initial pain management and immobilisation
- acute stage assessment and diagnostic imaging
- management in the emergency department
- ongoing orthopaedic management
- documentation, and information and support for patients, family members and carers
- non-accidental injury
Who is it for?
- Healthcare professionals and practitioners who provide care for people with fractures
- People with fractures, their families and carers