The Boston technique for acute point-of-care single-practitioner fracture stabilization of the lower extremity.

In this report, we describe the novel single-practitioner technique utilized at our institution for acute point-of-care temporizing management of lower extremity fractures. The Boston technique: The patient is placed supine at the edge of the hospital bed. The injured extremity is suspended from an intravenous pole in 45° of hip abduction and 30° of hip flexion. Neutral rotation is adequately maintained due to suspension through the great and second toes, without the need for patient participation. A plaster cast is applied in the usual manner and allowed to dry. Once dry, the cast is bivalved per our standard protocol to mitigate the incidence of compartment syndrome and soft-tissue complications. Discussion: The Boston technique is recommended as a single practitioner method of lower extremity fracture casting in the emergency department, trauma bay or intensive care setting. However, future studies and inclusion of additional comparable novel casting methods are required to validate our empirical findings and to further characterize the benefits and risks of casting via the Boston technique. PMID: 31114632 [PubMed]
Source: Patient Safety in Surgery - Category: Surgery Authors: Tags: Patient Saf Surg Source Type: research

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Source: Journal of Clinical Orthopaedics and Trauma - Category: Orthopaedics Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics B - Category: Orthopaedics Tags: PEDIATRIC ORTHOPAEDICS IN ITALY: SPECIAL ISSUE Source Type: research
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Source: Annals of Emergency Medicine - Category: Emergency Medicine Source Type: research
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