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Differentiate Open, Closed Fractures

Question: How can we tell the difference between an open fracture and a closed fracture? Subscriber Answer: A closed fracture involves a broken bone that has not broken the skin. So, if there is no evidence of a breach of the skin in the encounter notes, you likely have a closed fracture claim on your hands. Conversely, an open [...]