Common Conditions of the Hand for the Nurse Practitioner: How to Diagnose, How to Manage, and When to Refer to a Hand Surgeon

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Abstract

In many parts of the United States, a plastics-trained hand surgeon can be in limited supply. Depending on individual state law, nurse practitioners can manage common and moderately complex hand conditions, the undertaking of which requires extensive training, high command of the anatomy, and knowing when referral is necessary.

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