This video demonstrates how to place the pelvic binder quickly and correctly, which may be life-saving in cases of pelvic ring fractures with associated potential massive bleeding. Proper pelvic binder placement technique requires attention to some details, including the 5Ps (pulses, penis, pockets, pain and pulses), horizontal force application in opposing vectors and ensuring the pelvic binder is locked.
- Feet are held in slight internal rotation
- The pelvic binder is passed under the popliteal fossa and slided up to the level of the greater trochanter
- The 5 'P' are assessed: pulses (both central and peripheral); penis; pockets; pain; pulses again after the pelvic binder is placed
- The pelvic binder is fastened and an opposing horizontal strength is applied until 2 clicks are heard
Local open wounds or burns. Contraindications are relative.
- Patient in dorsal decubitus, feet positioned in slight internal rotation
- Trauma team composed of 1 team leader and at least 1 other element
Emergency handover using the AT-MIST mnemonic
Initial assessment using ABCDE approach
The pelvic binder is advanced until the level of the greater trochanter.
- Provides excellent pelvic stabilization in the emergency context, reducing the pelvic volume and associated bleeding
- Easy to learn usage
- Low risk, allowing use in not confirmed suspicion of pelvic fracture
- Temporary treatment, needs to be completed with application of surgery or angioembolization
- Suboptimal placement of pelvic binder - making educational videos important to overcome incorrect placement
- Potential to mask the severity of unstable pelvic ring injuries in CT scan
- Interfere with femoral vein or artery access
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Diana, Rita and Ana, future doctors who participated in the video recording
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