What is included in the treatment of shoulder dislocation following reduction?

Updated: Nov 29, 2018
  • Author: Sharon R Wilson, MD; Chief Editor: Trevor John Mills, MD, MPH  more...
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After procedural sedation with longer-acting sedating agents (eg, midazolam), the patient with shoulder dislocation should be observed for the necessary period and then discharged in the care of family or friends. Patients who require operative reduction and repair should be admitted by the orthopedic surgery service.

Arrange orthopedic follow-up in 5-7 days. The patient's shoulder should remain in the immobilizer until his or her orthopedic clinic appointment.


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