Journal article

Safety and efficacy of attempts to reduce shoulder dislocations by non-medical personnel in the wilderness setting.

Jack Ditty, Dugald Chisholm, Stephen M Davis, Mary Estelle-Schmidt

Wilderness Environ Med | Published : 2010

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: The objectives of this study were to explore the success rate and the complication rate for shoulder reduction attempts by non-medical personnel in the wilderness setting, and to compare the average time to reduction for those done on scene versus those that waited for reduction at a medical facility. METHODS: In this study we solicited online survey responses from users of wilderness sports forums between October 2008 and April 2009. These surveys asked respondents to describe previous wilderness sports injuries they experienced. Descriptive statistics were calculated, and the Mann-Whitney U test was used to compare average reduction times, with an alpha of .05 selected as the si..

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