Ottawa knee rules


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Ottawa knee rules

A clinical prediction rule used to determine the appropriate use of knee x-rays after an injury. Variables that suggest a knee fracture or dislocation include a patient over 55 years old, tenderness at the head of the fibula, isolated tenderness of the patella, inability to flex the knee to 90°, and inability to bear weight on the affected leg both immediately after the injury and in the ER.
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The accuracy of the Ottawa Knee Rule to rule out knee fractures: a systematic review.
Applicability of Ottawa Knee Rule for knee injury in children.
Using the Ottawa Knee Rules, an x-ray series is only required for knee-injury patients with any one of the following findings:
The Ottawa Knee Rules can also be used in an aerobics studio to determine the extent of an injury.
In a previous study applying the Ottawa knee rules to children, 14 fractures among 231 children with knee injuries were seen.
The Ottawa Knee Rules may reduce the number of radiographs by 50% in settings in which radiographs are obtained on most or all patients with knee pain.
Physicians tend to get radiographs for everybody with knee pain, but the orthopedist in the clinic suggests using the Ottawa Knee Rules (OKB).
Interrater reliability for the Ottawa knee rules and the evaluation to ambulate that is used in the Pittsburgh rule have been evaluated in a previous study and found to be satisfactory.
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