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Femoral fractures are often managed using skin
traction pre-operatively. 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.
The development of this clinical guideline was coordinated by Kate Glassford, Advance Practice Nurse, Platypus Ward. Approved by the Clinical Effectiveness Committee. Authorised by Bernadette Twomey, Executive Director Nursing Services. First published September 2015.