Hospital placement: the fracture clinic

Honestly I wasn’t expecting that much from this placement, but it actually turned out to be pretty fun, and I got the chance to trail a consultant around the clinic, which was a nice change from being a book worm.

One of the patients we saw had the tip of her little finger almost completely bitten off by a horse. Apparently this stallion had quite the taste for human flesh as it was a repeat-offender, and as a result, is no longer with us. The consultant managed to fix the finger up nicely. Sadly I haven’t covered hand anatomy yet, so all of my hand knowledge stems from the ‘funny bone’ song.

Another patient we saw would have struggled to do the ‘YMCA’ dance. Not because of his fracture, but because he was handcuffed to a massive police officer. I was told he was young enough to be in school, but he looked 21. Do all prisoners have to be cuffed to a copper like that in hospitals? I don’t remember where the fracture was (I was really focused on thinking about what he’d done) but the phrase ‘hit with a tap’ was mentioned at some point. Poor kid, he was probably terrified. He barely lifted his head to look at us the entire time. I would have liked to have sat down with him to talk for a while, but the consultant train was leaving the station, and I had to be home for tea.

The final patient I’ll mention was a kid that came in with his mother. He thought the whole consultation was pretty funny, and claimed he’d “punched a wardrobe”. It wasn’t even a good lie, as he said something along the lines of ‘I knocked my hand when the door opened’. I’d bet my left hand that he got his fracture from fighting. I think the funniest thing is that he had a ‘boxer’s fracture’.

That’s all for now.

It’s very very nice to be able to do some blogging about clinical practice, this is what I’ve been waiting for!

The general public make for such interesting writing, don’t they?

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