A novel reduction technique for elbow dislocations

Nathan W Skelley, Aaron Chamberlain
Orthopedics 2015, 38 (1): 42-4
The purpose of this study was to review a novel reduction maneuver for elbow dislocations. This was a retrospective review comparing a traditional elbow reduction method with a new single-person reduction technique. The reductions were performed during a 3-year period. Patients were evaluated in the Emergency Department of a large level I trauma center. All patients had posterolateral elbow dislocations. Sixteen patients were studied, with 6 in the traditional group and 10 in the novel single-person reduction group. All patients had successful reductions in the Emergency Department, but 2 of the patients in the traditional group were moved to the single-person reduction group after unsuccessful attempts. The traditional method required more sedations, assistance, and supplies. The authors had no nerve, vascular, or iatrogenic fractures in their series, and the technique was performed by 1 person without additional equipment. This technique is a valid option for orthopedic surgeons treating elbow dislocations.

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