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Sprains and Strains for the Correctional Nurse

In the correctional facility, patients often incur strain and sprain injuries as they work or are active on the rec yard.  While most facilities have nursing protocols to care for these injuries, it is important for correctional nurses to be able to identify the presentation of a strain or sprain and to provide appropriate care.  In this class, sprains and strains will be differentiated. Treatment will be discussed, including patient education and the controversy surrounding the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication.