Traumatic Pelvic Fractures
Lydia Kobziff MS, BSN, BS, RN, C, ONC

Orthopaedic Nursing
August 2006 
Volume 25  Number 4
Pages 235 - 241
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Kobziff, Lydia MS, BSN, BS, RN, C, ONC

Lydia Kobziff, MS, BSN, BS, RN, C, ONC , Staff Nurse, University of Maryland Medical System, Shock Trauma, Baltimore, MD.

Pelvic fractures can be a big challenge in caring for the injured patient. Pelvic fractures are important as a cause for morbidity and mortality. The mortality can be 30% with unstable pelvic ring injuries, and 10–12% of this percentage alone is due to blood loss. Multiple complications can occur during a pelvic fracture. This article will help nurses assess and manage patients with pelvic injuries. Topics covered in the article include basic anatomy of the pelvis, diagnostic tests performed after a pelvic fracture, types of pelvic fractures, management of pelvic fractures, and complications.


The mechanisms of injury of pelvic fractures include motor vehicle crashes, 57%; pedestrians hit by motor vehicles, 18%; motorcycle crushes, 9%: falls, 9%; and crush injuries, 5% ( Failinger & ...

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