Practical Recommendations for Prehospital Selection of Pediatric Pelvic Circumferential Compression Devices

Jose Reyes, Joseph Kelly, Oluwakemi Badaki-Makun, Jennifer Anders

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Abstract

INTRODUCTION: Although the instances of Special Operations Forces (SOF) medical providers treating pediatric pelvic fractures are rare, such fractures are notable injuries in terror attacks and are at high risk for morbidity and mortality for the patient as well as stress for the provider. Presently, guidelines for pediatric-sized pelvic stabilization device application are limited to measured pelvic circumference. This study aims to inform more practical sizing guidelines. METHODS: Subjects aged 1 year to 14 years were enrolled. Subject height, weight, pelvic circumference, and fit on the Broselow Pediatric Emergency Tape® (Armstrong Medical Industries), fit with the Pediatric PelvicBinder® (PelvicBinder), and fit with the small SAM Pelvic Sling® (SAM® Medical) were collected. The primary outcome was the proportion of subjects fitting each device. RESULTS: Sixty-five subjects were recruited; median age was 5 years (interquartile range, 1-8 years); 40 (62%) subjects were male. Ninety-one percent of subjects fit within the scale of the Broselow Tape (height <143-cm). One hundred percent of subjects with a height <143-cm had an appropriate fit with the Pediatric PelvicBinder (95% confidence level [CI], 91.8-100%), while 91.7% of subjects with a height >143-cm fit the SAM Pelvic Sling (95%CI, 61.5-99.8%). CONCLUSIONS: Providers should attempt to fit the Pediatric PelvicBinder for children >1 year old with suspected unstable pelvic fracture who fall on the Broselow Tape (<143-cm). The small SAM Pelvic Sling should be used for those taller than 143-cm.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)40-43
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of special operations medicine : a peer reviewed journal for SOF medical professionals
Volume23
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 23 2023

Keywords

  • pediatrics
  • pelvic fractures
  • pelvic stabilizer
  • terrorist attacks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine

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