A ten-year-old patient is admitted after sustaining a broken arm in a snowmobile accident. Which of the following should be consulted?

Physical therapist
Social worker

Explanation

•After a traumatic event, the social worker can help provide the patient with resources to help with emotional support and coping. Also, inpatient social workers usually evaluate injured children for signs of neglect or abuse.

•After the physician ensures proper alignment and immobility of the fracture site, a physical therapist can aid in maximizing function, restoring muscle strength, and improving range of motion that may have been lost from lack of use while in the cast. The physical therapist will evaluate movement for sports activities and recommend exercises for rehabilitation.

•There is no indication that a dietitian, respiratory therapist, or a home health nurse is needed.

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