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Research News Jan 19, 2022

Broken wrists heal as well with traditional plaster casts as with metal pins, say researchers

Sometimes the tried and trusted – and less expensive – ways of dealing with fractures can be as beneficial as using the latest technological advance: that, at least, is the message in a paper published today (19 January) in The BMJ.

The paper’s main author is Mathew Costa, who is based at the Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences at the University of Oxford, and at the Trauma Unit, Kadoorie Centre, John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

Professor Costa and his colleagues found that using metal K-wires (or ‘pins’) to hold broken wrist bones in place while they heal produces results that are on a par with the option of using the traditional moulded plaster cast.

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Service design News Jan 18, 2022

Weekly therapy sessions had been reduced at hospital placed on 'special measures' by the CQC

Patients’ progress at an independent hospital in Kent was impeded after their therapy sessions were cut from seven to three a week, inspectors from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) were told.

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