Pelvic binders are used to reduce the haemorrhage associated with pelvic ring injuries. Application at the level of the greater trochanters is required. We assessed the frequency of their use in patients with pelvic ring injuries and their positioning in patients presenting to a single major trauma centre.METHODS
A retrospective review of our trauma database was performed to randomly select 1000 patients for study from April 2012 to December 2016. Patients with a pelvic binder or a pelvic ring injury defined by the Young and Burgess classification were included. Computed tomography was used to identify and measure pelvic binder placement.RESULTS
140 patients were identified: 110/140 had a binder placed. Of the total, 54 (49.1%) patients had satisfactory placement and 56 (50.9%) had unsatisfactory placement; 30/67 (44.8%) patients with a pelvic ring injury had no binder applied, of whom 6 (20%) had an unstable injury; 9/67 patients died.DISCUSSION
This is the first study assessing pelvic binder placement in patients at a UK major trauma centre. Unsatisfactory positioning of the pelvic binder is a common problem and it was not used in a large proportion of patients with pelvic ring injuries. This demonstrates that there is a need for continuing education for teams dealing with major trauma.