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4Fixation of open fractures

Surgical fixation, external, or internal, is the best way to stabilize an open fracture. This is done only after thorough...

Surgical fixation, external, or internal, is the best way to stabilize an open fracture. This is done only after thorough injury zone débridement.

For lower-grade, open fractures, use fixation that would be appropriate for similar closed injuries. For more severe open fractures, or wounds that need repeated excisions, external fixation is usually preferable.