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Thursday, March 1, 2001

Symposium to focus on domestic violence

A child is brought to an orthopaedic surgeon with a fractured femur that his mother says was caused by falling out of bed. A woman says she fractured her wrist in a fall on an icy sidewalk.

Accidents or incidents of abuse? Orthopaedic surgeons can treat these fractures, but what should they do about the violence lurking in the shadows?

The symposium, Comprehensive Fracture Management: The Cause, Not Just the Cast, from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday will focus on the special challenges in identification and management of child abuse, adult domestic violence and elder abuse.

Speakers will present facts about the legal responsibilities of care providers, strategies of communicating with these patients and how to make referrals to existing community resources or law enforcement officials.

David Satcher, MD, PhD, U.S. Surgeon General, has been invited to participate in the symposium.

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