Acute Hand and Wrist Injuries

One third of all orthopaedic injuries seen in the ER are hand injuries. They can provide unique challenges to physicians. A strong knowledge of functional anatomy helps a physician perform a pain-free evaluation of a patient. In this presentation, Dr. Mass will discuss common wrist and hand injuries and the best way to approach treatment.

This presentation was originally recorded at CRASH: Injury and the Child, May 15, 2015 Chicago, IL.

Medium: Video with PPT, eLearning

Target Audience

This activity has been designed for Primary Care and Emergency Medicine physicians, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Therapists.


Learning Objectives

After completing this activity, the participant will demonstrate the ability to:

  • State how to anesthetize the digits and hand;
  • Analyze the treatments for hand infections;
  • Differentiate when to treat a hand injury and when to call a consultant.
Additional information
ACGME/ABMS Core Competencies: 
Patient Care and Procedural Skills
Medical Knowledge
Practice-based Learning and Improvement
Available credit: 
  • 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 0.75 Participation
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Daniel P. Mass, MD

Dr. Daniel Mass is a highly regarded expert in orthopaedic surgery of the hand and upper extremities. He has a special interest in the research and treatment of flexor tendon injuries (injuries to the muscles that allow the fingers to bend and flex), and he also studies the mechanics of the hand, wrist, and elbow.

A popular speaker, Dr. Mass has given numerous presentations on hand surgery to medical audiences around the world. In addition, he has written book chapters on flexor tendon injuries and hand and wrist surgery. He has contributed to many peer-reviewed articles on these and other orthopaedic topics.




The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

Credit Designation
The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum .75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurses and other healthcare professionals will receive a Certificate of Participation. For information on the applicability and acceptance of certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME, please consult your professional licensing board.

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