chapter  Case 74
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Road traffic accident

This chapter, written for undergraduate medical students and post-graduate doctors in training, presents information on how to manage road traffic accident — a case which they are likely to encounter in the future in a general practice setting. It presents the case of a 27-year-old man, who limps into the consulting room on two crutches, with his left leg in a below-knee plaster and sutures on his forehead. He says that 3 weeks ago, he accidentally drove into a tree and woke to find himself in hospital. The chapter provides details of the patients' medical history and the key findings of clinical examination, together with initial investigation results data for evaluation, and helps them develop their skills of clinical reasoning. Key questions then prompt the student to evaluate the patient, and reach a decision regarding their condition and the possible treatment plan.