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Orthopedic Protocols?

QUESTION:

Our organization is looking for triage protocols for orthopedic patients, and I am wondering if you could suggest a good set of protocols for this?

ANSWER:

There used to be some ortho protocols published by NAON. Unfortunately, they're out of print. They only addressed ortho problems, however, so they were best supported by a good set of adult protocols as well.

Right now, I think I'd generally suggest the Woodke protocols because they're customizable and come in a 3-ring binder so you can modify them as necessary for your practice. If you have a largely healthy population (like you might see in a sports medicine clinic), of if your patients really don't call you for anything other than ortho problems, you might want to take a look at the Briggs or Baird/Lafferty protocols. The contact info for all of those protocols (and others) is on the Resources: Protocols page of this website.

Please call if I can be of help. Sorry I don't have better news about ortho protocols. Maybe you could write some and I'll help you spread the word :-)