Carefully assess and document the preprocedural neurologic (median, radial, and ulnar nerves) and vascular (brachial, radial, and ulnar arteries) status of the extremity. Splint and/or sling the affected extremity until radiographs are obtained and a closed reduction can be performed. Obtain anteroposterior and lateral radiographs to confirm the diagnosis of an elbow dislocation. Oblique views may be helpful to further define the relationship between the distal humerus, radius, and ulna. The only case for which a preprocedure radiograph is not indicated is when neurologic or vascular compromise exists in the distal extremity and an expeditious reduction is required.