question about traction positioning

  1. ok i was reviewing my Kaplan book & i am confused on Buck's traction. my book states,

    elevate foot of bed for contertraction & place pillow beneath lower legs, not heel. DONT elevate knee gatch!


    whats the difference b/w elevating the foot of the bed & the knee gatch??
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  2. 4 Comments

  3. by   morte
    gatching the knee does exactly that, elevates the knee , not the foot....put the bed in trendelenburg and elevate the head, voila........if you are using old crank beds.....put pillows, folded blankets whatever...UNDER the mattress at the foot......good luck
  4. by   splintersurgeon
    knee gatch - structure that u put under the knees .
    elevate the foot of the bed - with blocks
  5. by   morte
    Quote from splintersurgeon
    knee gatch - structure that u put under the knees .
    elevate the foot of the bed - with blocks
    yup, that'll work too......the idea is to maintain a straight line from hip to heel
  6. by   MrsRNn2009
    thanks so much!

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