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When a patient presents to an emergency department or urgent care centre, they should be given the best available information.

This updated fact sheet helps ensure clinicians and patients have access to easy-to-read information about different emergency conditions.

Give this fact sheet to your patients when discharging them from an emergency department or urgent care centre.

Download our fact sheet to provide your patients with easy to follow guidance on using crutches.

This fact sheet has the #withconsumers tick from the Consumers Health Forum of Australia

Crutches can help you recover from leg injuries such as a fracture, surgery, sprain (over-stretching of the ligaments) or strain (over-stretching of muscles and tendons).

By reducing the amount of weight placed on an affected leg, injuries can heal quicker and allow you to stay mobile. Sometimes crutches may be given to you for other injuries such as low back pain, particularly if you have pain or weakness in your legs.

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Centre of Clinical Excellence - Acute
Safer Care Victoria

Page last updated: 15 Jan 2021

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