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Simple rule helps reduce x rays of pediatric ankle injuries
Simple rule helps reduce x rays of pediatric ankle injuries (August 12, 2013 - Insidermedicine) From Toronto - Using a simple rule in diagnosing children's ankle injuries can greatly reduce radiography use. Researchers studied over 2000 paediatric patients presenting to the emergency department with a non-penetrating ankle injury. These emergency departments implemented the Low Risk Anke Rule--stating that an ankle injury in a child should undergo a low-risk examination in order to reduce use of radiography. If a minor fracture is missed, these injuries are very stable and at low risk of future injuries. Results showed that use of this rule reduced radiography of the ankle by 22%.
 
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