When it comes to hand injuries, do you know what to tackle yourself, when to call the orthopedist or general plastic surgeon, and when to call a hand surgery specialist? ACEP Now Medical Editor in Chief Kevin Klauer, DO, EJD, FACEP, recently sat down with hand surgeon Scott D. Lifchez, MD, FACS, to shed some light on these questions and to explore the professional relationship between emergency physicians and hand surgeons.
Dr. Lifchez is associate professor of plastic surgery and orthopedic surgery, program director of the Johns Hopkins/University of Maryland plastic surgery residency program, and director of hand surgery at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore. He’s also a member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH), the biggest national organization of hand surgeons in the United States, with about 2,500 to 3,000 active members who are certified in the subspecialty of hand surgery.
Here are some highlights from their conversation.