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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.
development of this nursing guideline was coordinated by Kate Glassford, Advance Practice Nurse, Platypus Ward,
and approved by the Nursing Clinical Effectiveness Committee. Updated September 2015.