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October 2011 – Analgesic Positions
Positioning is Everything
Have you ever thought that there must be a perfect position for your patient with a dislocated shoulder? Well, usually there is (and I don’t mean “relocated’, although apparently that is a pretty good position!).
When your patient comes in with a dislocated shoulder, there are several things you can do to give them immediate pain relief. And we are not necessarily talking about morphine or propofol!
This month we look at analgesic positions for your patient – ones that provide near immediate relief of pain, before you can shout “Get a drip in!”. For a patient who is adducted, try analgesic position 1, or analgesic position 2 for the patient who is in abduction. Try them next time you have a patient with a dislocated shoulder. You may be surprised.
Look at this X-ray – what are the pertinent findings?
This year Dr Neil Cunningham gave a talk at the International Conference in Emergency Medicine, held in Dublin, Ireland. The talk was successful and well received, and the powerpoint presentation and talk are available on our Videos page, or on our Youtube channel. Unfortunately, the popularity led our hosting service to believe we had a virus and they shut the Shoulder Dislocation.net website down! After several months, we are pleased to report we are back up and running on a new dedicated server, thanks to Mike Cadogan and the team at Global Medical Education Project (GMEP). Anyway, we hope you enjoy the talk and presentation and look forward to the next year full of exciting updates.Read story
ShoulderDislocation.net has posted two new videos on our YouTube channel and Videos page. These videos are quite a bit different from the others - in that things didn't quite go as smoothly as we would have hoped. In both of these shoulder dislocations the relocation was proving to be a little difficult and might prompt abandonment of the techniques in favour of heavier sedation. The first video shows a patient with in whom the muscle spasm was unable to be overcome with simple positioning and a variety of manoeuvres. She eventually required sedation resulting an a quick reduction In the second video, the patient has a subglenoid dislocation, and the operator tries to get the patient to adduct the arm. Unfortunately this is difficult, so Neil talks the operator through a series of manoeuvres to manipulate the humerus into the correct position, including attempting Zero Position. Eventually the shoulder is relocated.Read story