In a Sling…a Pelvic Sling

Posted by on Feb 15, 2013 in Articles & Columns, EMS Industry News

pelvic slingMost emergency medical services carry pelvic binders and protocols call for their use. But too often the patient arrives at the emergency department without a binder in place. Are we opening ourselves up to risk?

Managing pelvic fractures: Best practices Timely stabilization of pelvic fractures is now a standard of trauma care. Pelvic fractures are usually the result of high energy transfer situations such as long falls and motor vehicle crashes.

The geriatric and bone diseased populations can sustain a fracture with as little as a ground level fall. Due to potentially devastating hemorrhage associated with such fractures, mortality rates can be as high as 50%4. Trauma protocols throughout the nation call for applying a circumferential compression binder around the patient’s pelvis to stabilize such fractures.

 

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