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Instructions to Candidate !

! A 28 year old female has presented with a self harm laceration to her
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A 28 year old female has presented with a self harm laceration to her right wrist. A completed
mental health assessment has been made. The ENP is concerned about the median nerve. She is
also not confident in suturing the wound. !
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Task !
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Assess the median nerve function at the level of the wrist. Then suture the wound, placing one
simple suture and one mattress suture. Finally, give advice to the patient about her wound care.!
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Examiner role !
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Observation and prompt at 6 minutes.!
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Instructions to Examiner !

This is a clinical examination and clinical skill assessment station. The station is 7 minutes long. The candidate is expected to examine and demonstrate both a motor and sensory assessment of the median nerve at the level of the wrist, describing the muscles tested (normal clinical findings). They then will be expected to suture a prepared wound (cleaned and LA in situ) with simple and a mattress suture, using an appropriate suture material. Please use the comments section on the score sheet to give feedback on suture technique e.g. instrument handling / suture placement and wound handling. !

Examiner prompt!

Please examine this lady’s median nerve function at the level of the wrist, describing what you are doing and your findings; then suture the prepared wound. At 6 minutes ask the candidate what dressing they are to apply and give the patient wound care advice.!

Role player 1 - patient !

You are only needed to follow instruction. Your nerve function is normal and you have no motor deficit (normal sensation thumb / index / middle / radial border ring fingers and normal motor power thumb flexor pollicis brevis / abductor and opponens pollicis; each must be examined).!

Successful expectations !

A good candidate will:!

Perform a rapid examination of the sensory distribution of the median nerve ! Understand that the motor supply to the thumb is variable and that the opponens is the most reliable median motor branch ! Place a simple and mattress suture with 4-0 nylon using a good dextrous technique ! Give advice on all aspects of wound care and as to when the sutures need removal !

Expected timeline !

Start - introductions ! Complete examination and describe findings - 3 minutes ! Place two sutures as described - 6 minutes ! Prompt and response for wound care advice and timeline for suture removal - 7 minutes ! END !

Equipment !

Neurotip ! Suture kit! Synthetic suture material ! Sutures ! Table ! x2 chairs !

Scoring matrix next page !

Scoring matrix !

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Circle the mark (x) when the candidate has obtained the score. If more than one score equate to the task and mark accordingly if obtains part or all elements.!

! Task Introduces self and confirms the need to examine the hand Examines the correct
! Task Introduces self and confirms the need to examine the hand Examines the correct
! Task Introduces self and confirms the need to examine the hand Examines the correct

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Task

Introduces self and confirms the need to examine the hand

Examines the correct sensory distribution of the median nerve

Uses both coarse touch and pin prick testing

Uses the pen test to evaluate sweating

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1 2 3 4 x x x x x x

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sweating 1 2 3 4 x x x x x x Assesses all motor elements of
sweating 1 2 3 4 x x x x x x Assesses all motor elements of
sweating 1 2 3 4 x x x x x x Assesses all motor elements of

Assesses all motor elements of the median nerve (all 3 muscles)

Places a simple suture and mattress suture using 4-0 nylon only

Shows good technique for tissue handling

Shows dexterity for equipment handling

Suggests a base non adherent dressing and absorbent protective dressing

Advises on wound care check by practice nurse at 48 hours with dressing change

Advises on signs of infection (pain / redness/swelling)

Asks about sick note

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Recommends suture removal at 10-14 days by practice nurse

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