I remember the days when we had to reduce hips in the emergency department and I used to have to jump on the bed. Stand there and pull up on the hip with the knee at right angles. In fact I remember, many years ago, working in a small emergency department with one doctor and one nurse overnight because admin refused to put on more staff, and having to give sedation and asking the nurse to hold the bag, whilst I jumped on the bed and pulled the hip back in.
Now that I’m older, I can’t do this any more. But, maybe wisdom allows us to use a different approach. I recently saw this used in the US and loved it.
Remember that the longer the hip has been out, the harder it is to put in. The exception to the rule is the hip that has come out 20 times in the last 2 months. The problem with that hip, is keeping it in. For all other, make sure the patient is well sedated.
So here is a new technique for putting in hips. I call it the ‘Under/Over lift’. Watch how easily it goes in in this video.