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January 13, 1934

A DEVICE FOR TRANSPORTING PATIENTS WITH REDUCED FRACTURE OF FEMUR

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Portland, Ore.

JAMA. 1934;102(2):126. doi:10.1001/jama.1934.62750020001009

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Abstract

Occasionally it is necessary to move, sometimes for a considerable distance, a patient with a fractured femur which has not yet united but which has been reduced by traction. The problem then arises of how to make such a change with the least pain and distress to the patient and, if possible, without loss of the extension that has already been gained. Of course, a Thomas splint can always be used if one is available, but for the benefit of those who may not have such an apparatus at hand I want to suggest a very simple device, which was used recently with great success.

It was desired to move a child, aged 2 years, to her home across the city. She had been in the hospital three days, during which time overriding of the fragments had been eliminated by weights and vertical overhead extension of the injured leg. The

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