Prehospital management of paediatric supracondylar fractures

Supracondylar humeral fractures are common in paediatric trauma. Prehospital management should focus on assessing and preserving the neurovascular integrity of the affected limb and on reducing pain. Secure immobilization and adequate analgesia are vital to achieving these aims. Currently, there is no consensus as to how to best immobilize the limb or to provide analgesia in the prehospital setting for a suspected supracondylar fracture. This article suggests an examination technique to assess the neurovascular status of the injured limb, and reviews some of the current methods of immobilization and analgesia used for prehospital management of supracondylar fractures.

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