Ahoy, mateys! The captain has a healthcare lesson,
Outliers sees that the Annals of Emergency Medicine is contributing something just in time for international Talk Like A Pirate Day on Sept. 19 with the publication of a new hip-dislocation-adjustment method called the “Captain Morgan technique.”
Using this technique, ER physicians can treat a dislocated hip by placing one foot atop the patient’s gurney, striking a pose similar to the mustachioed corporate logo for a certain brand of distilled-sugar liquor commonly mixed with cola. It was described in one news release as, “the classic Captain Morgan pose, substituting a gurney for the keg of rum.” (And who wouldn’t trade a gurney for a keg of rum?)
The method involves the doctor putting his or her knee behind the patient’s leg and then pulling up on the leg while rotating the hip joint back into place.
Sounds painful, but for doctors it represents a key innovation because they can reset a hip joint while standing, instead of having to climb atop the patient’s gurney.
The Annals published a study of the technique that found a near-perfect success rate using it, with the only exception being a roller-skating accident victim who had a “fracture-dislocation” of the hip that required surgical repair. (Again, ouch!)
Avast, ye doctors!