All decisions made in medicine involve a risk/benefit analysis, from prescribing antibiotics to someone with a potential allergy, to performing a life-saving procedure that has its own risks to mortality.
Reducing shoulders is no different and every situation will be different. For example, reducing a young athlete’s shoulder on a ski field prior to X-ray will carry a different set of risks and benefits to planning sedation for the reduction of a shoulder in the elderly patient with inherent cardiovascular and respiratory anaesthetic risks.
We have attempted to give some practical answers to some of the common questions that emerge when confronted with the patient with a dislocation.
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