A Skeletal Traction Technique for Proximal Femur Fracture Management in an Austere Environment

J Spec Oper Med. 2016 fall;16(3):1-4. doi: 10.55460/1FZH-J8DY.


Skeletal traction is a useful technique for managing proximal femur fractures in austere environments where fracture stabilization for this injury is difficult. We present a technique and a construct appropriate for field use that facilitates patient evacuation, and we provide guidelines for the use of this technique by an advanced medical provider managing these injuries. The objectives of this article are to enable to reader to (1) recognize the role of skeletal traction in managing proximal femur fractures in an austere environment, (2) identify the key steps in placing transfemoral skeletal traction pins, and (3) identify options and requirements for building a traction construct in resource-limited environments.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Blast Injuries / diagnostic imaging
  • Blast Injuries / therapy*
  • External Fixators*
  • Femoral Fractures / diagnostic imaging
  • Femoral Fractures / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Military Medicine / methods
  • Military Personnel*
  • Radiography
  • Traction / methods*
  • Warfare