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Shoulder dislocation and the Oxford Chair
  1. Philip Hormbrey,
  2. Simon Smith
  1. Emergency Department, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Philip Hormbrey, Emergency Department, John Radcliffe Hospital, Headley Way, Headington, Oxford OX3 9DU, UK; Phil.Hormbrey{at}

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We were pleased to see the article by Chung et al 1 in the October 2013 issue of EMJ, supporting the use of the Oxford Chair. The chair was initially designed by Dr Hormbrey as a way to facilitate early shoulder reduction, recognising that rapid reduction reduces patient discomfort.

The chair evolved after Dr Hormbrey witnessed colleagues at Wexham Park Hospital, Slough, using a standard chair with a back to reduce shoulder dislocations, with the patient sitting astride the chair, as if on a horse, and using the back of the chair as a fulcrum for the reduction. This is …

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  • Contributors This letter was authored jointly by PH and SS. PH wrote the original letter which was modified by SS and then finally adjusted by PH. Manuscript changes advised by the editor were authored by PH and reviewed by SS.

  • Competing interests None.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.