The nurse is assessing a patient with a fractured ulna. The nurse notes the bone is protruding through the skin. What type of fracture is this?

Compound fracture


• A compound fracture is when the bone is exposed to air because of a break in the skin or tissue

• An impacted fracture is when a part of the bone is driven into another bone
• A complete fracture is when the bone is separated completely into two parts

• A simple fracture is when the skin remains intact

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