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Jonas Andermahr, Michael McKee, Diane Nam

Executive Editor

Joseph Schatzker

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Supine position for the management of clavicle fractures

1. Introduction

Proper patient positioning is crucial as incorrect positioning will keep the surgeon from performing a successful operation.

The supine position facilitates combined surgical approaches for a polytrauma patient. However, it is limited to anterior approaches only.

2. Advantages and disadvantages


  • Facilitates combined surgical approaches for a polytrauma patient


  • Limited to anterior shoulder approaches only

3. Positioning

The extremity should be draped free to facilitate motion of the shoulder which may aid in reduction.


4. Intraoperative imaging

A radiolucent table is required when an image intensifier is required.

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