Reduction of Radial Head Dislocation Periprocedural Care

Updated: Jun 08, 2021
  • Author: Gretchen S Lent, MD; Chief Editor: Erik D Schraga, MD  more...
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Periprocedural Care


Splinting supplies are needed following reduction. If procedural sedation is used, the standard monitoring equipment is necessary.


Patient Preparation


Reduction is optimally performed on a relaxed and comfortable patient by using one of the following methods:


For most reduction techniques, the patient may sit upright or lie supine. Bado suggested that reduction be performed in the opposite direction from the direction of the external force at the time of injury and that the forearm be immobilized in this position. [27]

Most injuries occur in a pronated position; therefore, after reduction, the forearm should be splinted in the supinated position with 90° elbow flexion.