Original Research Article| Volume 224, ISSUE 6, P1464-1467, December 2022

Commonly performed pelvic binder modifications for femoral access may hinder binder efficacy


      • Properly placed pelvic binders reduced open book pelvic fractures 100% of the time.
      • Modification to binder position, with or without modification to the pelvic binder itself, is required for femoral access.
      • Successfully reduced open book pelvic fractures decreased with binder modifications.



      Pelvic fractures are common and potentially life-threatening. Pelvic circumferential compression devices (PCCD) can temporize hemorrhage, but more invasive strategies that involve femoral access may be necessary for definitive treatment. The aim of our study was to evaluate the efficacy of PCCDs reducing open book pelvic fractures when utilizing commonly described modifications and placement adjustments that allow for access to the femoral vasculature.


      Open book pelvic fractures were created in adult cadavers. Three commercially available PCCDs were used to reduce fractures. The binders were properly placed, moved caudally, or moved cranially and modified. Fracture reduction rates were then recorded.


      The pelvic fracture was completely reduced with every PCCD tested when properly placed. Reduction rates decreased with improper placement and modifications.


      Modifying PCCD placement to allow femoral access decreased the effectiveness of these devices Clinicians should be aware of this possibility when caring for critically injured trauma patients with pelvic fractures.


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