November 2011 – Should I relocate a shoulder in the field?

Relocating in-the-field

Have you ever been at a footy or rugby match, or on a skifield and seen someone with a dislocated shoulder? Ever wondered whether it is worth trying to relocate the shoulder “in-the-field”, before xrays, analgesia or transfer to a hospital? Have you thought it  might be better for the patient if they got their shoulder in sooner rather than later?

This month Gerard Fennessy shares his experiences on a skifield, dealing with in-the-field dislocations. He talks about sedation and analgesia in remote locations, as well as the use of non-traction/countertraction techniques to make the relocation safer for the patient. Maybe you have your own views to share? Click here for more.