Pelvic Binder

A pelvic binder is used in unstable pelvis fractures. S/S of an unstable pelvic fracture include pelvic instability upon assessment, crepitus, pain, and mechanism of injury.  Secure an unstable pelvis fracture with a commercial (SAM) pelvic binder if available. Apply splint around the waist, directly on top of the pubic symphysis. Place the splint under the patient behind the buttocks and on top of symphysis pubis, centered across the greater trochanters. If you do not have a commercial binder a sheet may be used, however care to ensure adequate pressure is difficult. Pelvic binders should NOT be used for hip/femur fractures or dislocations.

Pelvis Binder Skill Verification Table

Pelvic Binder


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