Pelvic circumferential compression devices (PCCDs): a best evidence equipment review

  • D. J. Bryson
  • R. Davidson
  • R. Mackenzie
Original Article



Traumatic disruption of the pelvis can lead to significant morbidity and mortality. ATLS® guidance advocates temporary stabilisation or ‘closure’ of the disrupted pelvis with a compression device or sheet. We undertook a best evidence equipment review to assess the ease and efficacy of the application of two leading commercially available devices, the T-POD® and the SAM Pelvic Sling™ II.


Fifty health care professionals and medical students participated in pelvic circumferential compression device (PCCD) education and assessment. Participants received a 10-min lecture on the epidemiology and aetiology of pelvic fractures and the principles of circumferential compression, followed by a practical demonstration. Three volunteers acted as trauma victims. Assessment included the time taken to secure the devices and whether this was achieved correctly. All participants completed a post-assessment survey.


Both devices were applied correctly 100% of the time. The average time taken to secure the SAM Pelvic Sling™ II was 18 s and for the T-POD®, it was 31 s (p ≤ 0.0001). Forty-four participants (88%) agreed or strongly agreed that the SAM Pelvic Sling™ II was easy to use compared to 84% (n = 42) for the T-POD®. Thirty-nine participants (78%) reported that they preferred and, given the choice in the future, would select the T-POD® over the SAM Pelvic Sling™ II (n = 11, 22%).


The results of this study indicate that both PCCDs are easy and acceptable to use and, once learned, can be applied easily and rapidly. Participants applied both devices correctly 100% of the time, with successful application taking, on average, less than 60 s.


Pelvic trauma Fracture ATLS Circumferential compression Pelvic binders 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Emergency DepartmentLeicester Royal InfirmaryLeicesterUK
  2. 2.CT2 Trauma and Orthopaedics, Leicester Royal InfirmaryLeicesterUK
  3. 3.Department of Trauma and OrthopaedicsUniversity Hospitals of Leicester, Leicester Royal InfirmaryLeicesterUK
  4. 4.Emergency DepartmentLincoln County HospitalLincolnUK
  5. 5.Emergency DepartmentCambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Addenbrooke’s HospitalCambridgeUK

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