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When referring a patient to an upper limb specialist on an urgent or emergency basis, it's important to provide timely and essential information to ensure prompt and appropriate care.

Here are some key points to include in the referral:

Patient demographics
Include the patient's full name, date of birth, contact information, and any relevant identification numbers or medical record numbers.


Referring physician information
Provide your name, contact information, and clinic details as the referring physician. This enables the upper limb specialist to communicate with you and provide updates on the patient's condition.


Reason for urgent referral
Clearly state the reason for the urgent referral, emphasizing the time-sensitive nature of the situation. Describe the upper limb condition or symptoms that require immediate attention and the potential consequences if not promptly addressed.


Relevant medical history
Include the patient's pertinent medical history, such as any known upper limb injuries, surgeries, or pre-existing conditions that may impact the current situation. Mention any relevant laboratory results or diagnostic imaging findings, if available.


Current symptoms and severity
Describe the patient's current upper limb symptoms in detail, emphasizing the severity and any progression. Include information about pain, swelling, loss of function, or any other concerning manifestations.


Acute trauma or incident details
If the referral is related to an acute upper limb trauma or incident, provide a brief description of the event, including the mechanism of injury and any immediate measures taken.


Diagnostic tests and imaging
If the patient has undergone any recent diagnostic tests or imaging related to the upper limb condition, provide the results or attach the reports. Highlight any urgent findings that require immediate attention.


Medications and allergies
Include a list of current medications the patient is taking, including any known drug allergies or adverse reactions. This helps the upper limb specialist to consider medication interactions or limitations when planning treatment.


Vital signs and stability
If applicable, provide the patient's vital signs and stability status, particularly if the referral is due to an acute condition or critical situation.

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