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Gallows traction

*This is used in infants and children with femoral fractures.

*Indications Gallows Traction
- Child must weigh less than 12 kg
- Femoral fractures
- Skin must be intact

*Both the fractured and the well femur are placed in skin traction and the infant is suspended by these from a special frame. Vascular compromise is the biggest danger. Check the circulation twice daily. The buttocks should be just off the bed.

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