Do traction splints work?

Do traction splints work?

Do traction splints work?

Traction splints are most commonly used for fractures of the femur (or upper leg bone). For these fractures they may reduce pain and decrease the amount of bleeding which occurs into the soft tissues of the leg. Some state that they are appropriate for middle tibia fractures which are displaced or bent.

When should you not use a traction splint?

A traction splint such as a Hare or Sager splint is used to reduce patient pain, secure the leg in an appropriate position and restore length to the femur (Figure 11-14). Relative contraindications to the use of traction splints include hip dislocation, fracture-dislocation of the knee, and concomitant ankle injury.

What is a Slishman traction splint?

The Slishman Traction Splint (STS) is an innovative traction device that solves many of the current problems with other femoral traction splints. The STS applies traction from the hip rather than from the ankle. Other devices have cumbersome assembly that can waste precious time.

What bone should you use a traction splint on?

Sager Traction Splints One steel rod sits between a patient’s legs and applies traction from the ankle with counter pressure directed onto the ischial tuberosity. Sager splint sits between the leg against the ischial tuberosity, so it is more effective for proximal femur fracture than hare splint.

What are two common types of traction splints?

Currently the two main traction splints that dominate the market are Hare and Sager. Other options include Thomas, Kendrick, Donway, Slishman, and CT-6 splints, but these are not as commonly used.

Is a cast better than a splint?

Splints, also known as half-casts, provide less support than casts, but are faster and easier to use. They also can be tightened or loosened easily if the swelling in the arm or leg increases or decreases.

How do you use a Slishman?

  1. Attach Ankle Strap. • Remove ankle strap and end cap from pole. • Unroll ankle strap and apply with end cap lateral.
  2. Attach Groin Strap. • Rest female buckle on anterior thigh. • Wrap male buckle and strap behind thigh.
  3. Reassess and Monitor. • Reassess CMS and pain level. • Adjust traction as needed to minimize.

What is Buck’s traction used for?

Buck’s skin traction is widely used in the lower limb for femoral fractures, lower backache, acetabular and hip fractures. Skin traction rarely reduces a fracture, but reduces pain and maintains length in fractures.