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Note: This guideline is currently under review.
Definition of terms
Femoral fractures are often managed using skin traction prior to their definitive surgical management. Some require short term traction ie. 24 hours whereas others require it for a number of weeks ie. 6 weeks. Traction limits movement and reduces the fracture to help decrease pain, spasms and swelling. It aims to restore and maintain straight alignment and length of bone following fractures.
This clinical practice guideline aims to ensure that the application and management of skin traction is consistent and that potential complications are identified early and managed correctly.
Picture 1 - Traction Kit; Picture 2 - Foam stirrup with rope; Picture 3 -Traction weight bag
Picture – Foam stirrup and bandage.
The Evidence Table for this guideline can be viewed here.
Please remember to read the disclaimer.
development of this nursing guideline was coordinated by Kate Glassford, Advance Practice Nurse, Platypus Ward,
and approved by the Nursing Clinical Effectiveness Committee. Updated January 2019.