Anatomy & Physiology Musculoskeletal #17

Question

Which pattern does the nurse document for the client who is diagnosed with a fracture to one side of the bone?

Answers

  1. Avulsion fracture
    • Rationale:

      An avulsion fracture is a type of fracture pattern. It is diagnosed when a fragment of the fractured bone is pulled off the bone at its tendon or ligament attachment.

  2. Transverse fracture
    • Rationale:

      A transverse fracture is a type of fracture pattern. It is diagnosed when the fracture occurs straight across the bone.

  3. Greenstick fracture
    • Rationale:

      A greenstick fracture is a type of fracture pattern. It is diagnosed when only one side of the bone is fractured.

  4. Comminuted fracture
    • Rationale:

      A comminuted fracture is a type of fracture pattern. It is diagnosed when the fracture splinters the bone into small fragments; it is typically the result of trauma.

Overview

A fracture is defined as a broken bone.

Explanation

Learning Outcomes

There are several different types and patterns for fractures. It is important for the nurse to be aware of these types and patterns for assessment and documentation purposes. A greenstick fracture is a fracture pattern that is diagnosed when only one side of the bone is fractured.

Test Taking Tip

Consider the definition of each fracture pattern to correctly answer this question.

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