MedlinePlus – Injuries and Wounds

MedlinePlus - Injuries and Wounds provides access to a collection of information pertaining to urgent & emergency care and safety. The section includes a medical encyclopedia and links to a variety outside resources with information about accidents & trauma, abuse, minor & major injuries, and first aid. This MedlinePlus section is recommended for information about common injuries and emergencies provided by some of the most authoritative and reputable sources in the medical field, but other similar sites may need to consulted.

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Review Date: 10/18/2018


Ease of Use

This section of MedlinePlus is just an alphabetical list of common wounds and injuries. Clicking any one of the 100+ listed here leads to a page with a brief summary as well as numerous links to additional information. It requires users to constantly jump back and forth between websites, but otherwise all the relevant material is contained to this one page of resources.

Visual Design

The landing page only provides a list of topics. No images or multimedia to engage the reader. And the material is not organized aside from alphabetically, whereas topic headings would benefit the visual appearance. MedlinePlus already features a dull graphic design; this page brings the quality down to a new level.


Users will get a basic understanding of many common types of injuries and urgent health situations. The materials assembled here come from a wide variety of sources, most of them from high quality perspectives. Not all pages are fleshed out with the same depth, but overall this is a small complaint.


MedlinePlus clearly identifies the organizations responsible for its curated content, which include the American College of Emergency Physicians, National Safety Council, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and National Library of Medicine. Users will find that the medical encyclopedia topics have the highest reliability, as they list the names of medical reviewers and date of last review. However, the currency of web pages linked on MedlinePlus vary, and individual authors and editors are only occasionally credited on the linked sites.


  1. Extensive medical encyclopedia with information about urgent and emergency care
  2. Links to reliable, up-to-date information about accidents, trauma, abuse, injuries, and first aid
  3. Subsections on "Child Abuse," Domestic Violence," and "Elder Abuse" are especially helpful
  4. Highly credible website with backing from the U.S. government and supplemented with materials from authoritative organizations


  1. Limited number topics covered, requiring users to consult other websites
  2. User-friendliness of materials varies depending on the external website referenced
  3. Users will have to spend significant time navigating and reading in order to get helpful information


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Accreditations: None

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