An 8-year-old sustained a femur fracture with an open wound. What type of traction should the nurse expect to be used?


•90-90 degree traction is often used for femur or tibia fractures. This involves suspending the thigh in the vertical plane and bending the knee at a 90 degree angle.

•Thomas splint traction usually has the knee slightly bent and is not counter weighted by the body.

•Buck's traction is a simple horizontal traction.

•Fisk traction is a modification of a Thomas splint and allows for 90 degree movement of the knee.

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