Executive Editor: Joseph Schatzker, Peter Trafton

Authors: Ernst Raaymakers, Inger Schipper, Rogier Simmermacher, Chris van der Werken

Proximal femur

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Supine position (fracture table)

Position the patient supine on a fracture table. The ipsilateral arm is elevated in a sling while the contralateral uninjured leg is placed on a leg holder.

Supine position for nailing

Place the patient in a supine position. The ipsilateral arm is placed in arm sling. The torso should be angled 10-15° towards the contralateral side. The ipsilateral leg is put in adduction.

Supine on conventional table

On a conventional table, the patient is positioned supine and moved as close as possible to the edge of the table. The pelvis is lifted up by a folded sheet under the ipsilateral buttock.

Lateral decubitus position

The patient is positioned lateral with the ipsilateral arm in an arm sling. Place padded cushions under bony prominences.

v2.0 2010-11-14