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BUCKLED RCT: Bedside ultrasound conducted in kids with distal upper limb fractures in the emergency department (randomised controlled trial)

Quick facts

Principal investigator:
Dr Peter J Snelling
Team members:
Professor Gerben Keijzers, A/Professor Shane George, Dr Stuart Watkins, Mr Michael Summers
Project commenced:

Children frequently present to the emergency department with forearm injuries and often have an x-ray to assess if there is a fracture. Bedside ultrasound is a test that emergency practitioners can use to rapidly diagnose a fracture at the time of examination, without exposing children to ionising radiation. This trial will assess whether an x-ray is unnecessary when there is either a buckle fracture or no fracture seen on a portable ultrasound machine. We will also determine the time and cost implications of this new approach, which could enable families to go home earlier and could be more cost-effective, with less x-rays being ordered.

Grants Awarded

Emergency Medicine Foundation

HIIRO Early Careers Researcher Fellowship

Last updated 01 Feb 2022