A portable traction device for cervical fractures

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✓ A lightweight and completely self-contained traction device is described. It has been used to immobilize the cervical spine during radiographic evaluation and treatment of patients with cervical fracture, and for therapeutic traction in patients with a ruptured disc. Other applications are possible, but have not yet been investigated

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Address reprint requests to: Richard K. Jelsma, M.D., 420 Audubon Medical Plaza, Louisville, Kentucky 40217.

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    Schematic drawing (left) and photograph (right) of the portable traction device illustrating the design and construction. Photograph taken with one side of the housing removed.

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    Photograph showing the traction device attached to a Balkan frame on a hospital bed for treatment of a patient with a ruptured cervical disc with halter traction.

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    Photograph showing patient on a fracture board with the traction device attached to cervical tongs during computerized tomography. The fracture board is rigid and radiolucent; the patient lies on a cushion and is secured with straps.

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Jelsma RKHynes TRice JFet al: A stretcher that facilitates the radiographic evaluation and closed reduction of spinal fractures. Surg Neurol 22:1671721984Jelsma RK Hynes T Rice JF et al: A stretcher that facilitates the radiographic evaluation and closed reduction of spinal fractures. Surg Neurol 22:167–172 1984

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