Article: PDF OnlyHarvey Carol V. MSN RN CS ONCCritical Care Nursing Quarterly: August 1998 - p 1-13 Buy Abstract Traction can sometimes seem like an overwhelming challenge in the critical care setting not only to the patient and family, but also to the nurse. Critical care nurses must know the principles, purposes, methods, and patient care considerations necessary to be able to provide appropriate care and teaching for the patient in traction. This article describes these principles and then illustrates them through a case study. The case describes a patient who experiences multiple trauma and focuses on the nurse's role in the care of this patient in traction. © Williams & Wilkins 1998. All Rights Reserved.