A. FRACTURES EXCEPTING FRACTURES OF THE NECK OF THE FEMUR
Fractures of the Clavicle.
—Hodgson489 reports a method for treatment of certain fractures of the clavicle which do not respond to ordinary methods or for which ordinary methods are contraindicated. The usual figure-of-eight bandage is applied to hold the shoulders back. The patient is then placed in bed with the head of the bed elevated, and a muslin bandage is passed through the figure-of-eight bandage on the affected side and around the head of the bed. The weight of the body slipping toward the foot of the bed maintains constant traction of the shoulder upward and outward. Hodgson states that this will reduce practically any fracture of the clavicle. It is necessary to keep the patient in bed, on the back, with a small pillow between the shoulder blades, for three to five weeks, until union is
Conwell HE, Johnson HF, O'Donoghue DH, Stuck WG, Regen EM. PROGRESS IN ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY FOR 1942A REVIEW PREPARED BY AN EDITORIAL BOARD OF THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF ORTHOPAEDIC SURGEONS. Arch Surg. 1944;48(3):229-266. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1944.01230010237008