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Chapter-42 Care of Patient with Traction and Cast Application

BOOK TITLE: Pocket Clinical Guide for Nursing Students

Author
1. Prakash P
ISBN
9789352701933
DOI
10.5005/jp/books/14242_43
Edition
1/e
Publishing Year
2018
Pages
4
Author Affiliations
1. College of Nursing, Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences, Puducherry, India, Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences, Puducherry, India
Chapter keywords
Traction, skin traction, skeletal traction, Buck’s traction, Hamilton Russel’s traction, Gallow’s traction, orthoses, orthopedic cast

Abstract

Traction means action of pulling something over a surface. Types of traction are skin traction and skeletal traction. Skin traction is applied over skin and indirectly applies pulling force to bone. Weight can be 5–7 pounds attached to skin, e.g. Buck’s traction, Hamilton Russel’s traction, Gallow’s traction. Skeletal traction is applied to the bone, an invasive procedure with tongs, pin and screws. Nursing care of patient with traction, orthoses, orthopedic cast, complications of traction and cast are also discussed in this chapter.

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