Psychological Adjustment to Hand Injuries: Nursing Management

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Abstract

Traumatic hand injuries can be devastating experiences both physically and psychologically. The plastic surgery nurse who can identify the various responses that routinely occur with hand- injured patients is better prepared to normalise their experiences and implement the necessary interventions toward overall rehabilitation. This article will provide an overview of specific characteristics and emotional reactions following hand injuries, factors that influence adjustment, and nursing management that promotes optimal recovery.

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