<< Managing Dislocations of the Hip, Knee, and Ankle in the Emergency Department (Trauma CME)

Emergency Department Evaluation

Hip Dislocation

Because 95% of traumatic hip dislocations will have significant associated injuries, patients with a hip dislocation after an MVC should be evaluated according to Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) guidelines or by a specialist trained in trauma evaluation.3,6 (See Table 3.) Important historical data include the mechanism of injury, associated injuries, the time of the incident, the presence of weakness or paresthesia, a history of prior dislocation or arthroplasty, and comorbidities.

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