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Femoral fractures are often managed using skin traction prior to their definitive surgical management. Some require short term traction i.e. 24 hours whereas others require it for a number of weeks i.e. 6 weeks. Traction limits movement and reduces the fracture to help decrease pain, spasms and swelling. The purpose of traction is to restore and maintain straight alignment and length of bones following fractures.
This clinical guideline aims to ensure that the application and management of skin traction is consistent and that potential complications are identified early and managed correctly.
Image 1: Traction kit in adult and child
Image 2: Traction weight bag
Image 3: foam stirrup applied to patients’ leg.
Image 4: Stirrup and crepe bandage applied to leg
The evidence table for this guideline can be viewed on the linked pdf.
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The development of this nursing guideline was coordinated by Holly Pannell, RN, Platypus Ward, and approved by the Nursing Clinical Effectiveness Committee. Updated December 2022.