All hand injuries, regardless of superficiality, may result in crippling loss of function if treatment is inadequate or mishandled. The essential elements of diagnosis, examination, approach to therapy and after-care are constant. The major difference between an injury requiring hospitalization and one amenable to outpatient management is the extent of the trauma. This article reviews the major outpatient injuries with respect to method of management, choice of definitive procedure, and preservation of function.
Frank W. Masters & David W. Robinson, Outpatient Injuries of the Hand, 13 Clev.-Marshall L. Rev. 473 (1964)