Indication

  • Suspected fracture of the pelvic ring following high-energy trauma

 

Contraindications

  • Low-energy trauma
  • Lateral compression

 

  1. Prior
  • Gently assess the stability of the pelvic ring
  • Assess femoral pulses and gross motor/sensory function in the legs

 

  1. Procedure
  • Adduct the legs and rotate them inwards
  • Place the girdle under the patient’s back minimizing patient movement
  • Center the girdle over the major trochanter
  • Apply concentric force and lock the girdle

 

  1. Post
  • Reassess femoral pulses and gross motor/sensory function in the legs
  • Pelvic X-ray