While caring for a patient in Buck's traction, the nurse reduces friction and shear by:


• Buck's traction provides longitudinal pressure with the purpose of immobilizing, positioning, and aligning the lower extremity

• With Buck's traction, the foot of the bed should be slightly elevated to aid in countertraction and reduce shear and friction

• Providing a trapeze and footboard, although beneficial, are not useful in reducing friction and shear

• Elevating the head of bed increases friction and shear

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