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Treatment of Shoulder Dislocations

31 Dec 1998

20060212-023-Pistenbergung-Paul-Stadelmann

Abstract

Shoulder dislocations are very painful and sometimes are associated with neurologic and vascular injuries. If transport will be prolonged or difficult it is desirable to reduce the dislocation at the scene of an accident. This procedure is well accepted. If transport will be rapid (the normal case in European rescue conditions), the patient should be transported prior to reduction of the shoulder. The decision of whether to reduce a dislocated shoulder in the field requires balancing the desirability of early reduction against the risks involved.

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