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Knee Dislocations: Evaluation and Management


By John Polousky, MD , Division Director, Orthopedic Sports Medicine, Akron Children's Hospital, Akron, OH


More about John Polousky, MD

Objectives (Educational Content) :

1. To understand the pathology associated with knee dislocations. 2. To understand the appropriate emergent work up of knee dislocations. 3. To understand the emergent and chronic treatment of knee dislocations.

Target Audience:

General pediatricians, family physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, social workers, psychologists, and nurses.

Identified Gap:

The American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma requires a structured effort by trauma programs to demonstrate a continuous process for improving care for injured patients and states that an evidence-based rather than an empiric approach presents more meaningful criteria against which trauma care can be measured. A standardized approach to recurring care issues minimizes unnecessary variation, allow better outcome assessment, and makes changes in care easier to implement and more uniform. They further recommend that all members of the trauma team are knowledgeable about current practices in trauma care, that multidisciplinary education should be ongoing in all trauma centers, and that performance improvement programs should be an important part of educational activities.

Estimated Time to Complete the Educational Activity:

1 hour(s)

Expiration Date for CE/CME Credit:


Method of Participation in the Learning Process:

The learner will view the presentation, successfully complete a post-test and complete an activity evaluation.

Evaluation Methods:

All learners must successfully complete a post-test, as well as an activity evaluation, to claim CE/CME credit.


Dr. Polousky has indicated that he has a relevant financial interest in Allosource/JRF – Consultant. The commercial/financial relationship listed for this individual has been mitigated.

Accreditation Statement:

Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Akron is accredited by the Ohio State Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CHMCA designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit TM.  Physicians should only claim the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2015 Sep;23(9):571-80. doi: 10.5435/JAAOS-D-14-00242. Epub 2015 Aug 13.PMID: 26271758 Review.

J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2015 Dec;23(12):761-8. doi: 10.5435/JAAOS-D-14-00349. Epub 2015 Oct 22.PMID: 26493970 Review.

Clin Sports Med. 2000 Jul;19(3):457-77. doi: 10.1016/s0278-5919(05)70218-0.PMID: 10918960 Review.

Nicandri GT, Chamberlain AM, Wahl CJ. Practical management of knee dislocations: a selective angiography protocol to detect limb-threatening vascular injuries. Clin J Sport Med. 2009 Mar;19(2):125-9. doi: 10.1097/JSM.0b013e31819cd37a. PMID: 19451767.

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