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Fractures (non-complex): assessment and management - NICE guideline

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 traumamajor trauma: service deliveryspinal injury and fractures (complex).


This guideline addresses variation in practice and includes recommendations on:

Who is it for?

  • Healthcare professionals and practitioners who provide care for people with fractures
  • People with fractures, their families and carers