Ortho Traumapedia is a succinct orthopedic injury reference app

Purpose of App Review

To explore the use of Ortho Traumapedia in treating orthopedic injuries

Introduction

Treatment of orthopedic injuries can be both simple in principle but complex in its details.

Ortho Traumapedia aims to provide quick access to the most pertinent details of injuries seen in orthopedic surgery.

User Interface

Ortho Traumapedia is an iPhone app designed with simple navigation and quick browsing in mind.

The first screen immediately lays out all its content, with multiple joints and bones classified under dislocations or fractures.

Selecting an injury will direct the user to a section with in-depth information about the injury. Information here is presented in note form, not unlike those seen in PowerPoint lectures.

Users can quickly jump between facts, images, classification, or treatment information for each injury. Despite only listing the most pertinent information, the amount of text can sometimes becoming a bit cumbersome.

I found the images section to be useful because it lists a number of suggested imaging views that should be ordered for each injury. A few images are shown for each injury with labeling to remind trainees of the anatomy. Disappointingly though, many of the images shown are of normal anatomy, rather than an example of the injury in question.

The classification section lists a number of common schemes to classify each injury along with relevant diagrams.

Lastly, the text-heavy treatment section provides a very quick overview of recommended treatments based on the severity of the injury, and possible complications. Because the details of treatment can often be quite complicated, the information listed here seemed to be more useful for decision-making than actually performing the treatment.

Overall, Ortho Traumapedia  succeeds in quickly obtaining pertinent information to aid the decision-making process when dealing with orthopedic trauma. It does not have many bells or whistles, but it manages to cover the most important material briefly in note format. I would’ve liked more radiological images of actual pathology, but the app is otherwise a solid choice for trainees.

Price

  • $9.99

Likes

  • Quick access to information on common orthopedic injuries
  • The most pertinent information is covered briefly, ideal for use in a clinical setting

Dislikes

  • Not enough images of actual pathology

Healthcare providers that would benefit from the app

  • Orthopedic surgeons/residents, emergency medicine physicians/residents, family medicine physicians/residents, medical students, nurses

Conclusion

  • Ortho Traumapedia is a bare bones app that covers essential orthopedic injuries, but stands to benefit from additional multimedia.

iMedicalApps recommended?

  • Yes

iTunes Link

Rating: (1 to 5 stars) 3 stars

  • User Interface: 3
  • Multimedia usage: 2
  • Price: 2
  • Real world applicability: 5

 

Disclaimer:
This post does not establish, nor is it intended to establish, a patient physician relationship with anyone. It does not substitute for professional advice, and does not substitute for an in-person evaluation with your health care provider. It does not provide the definitive statement on the subject addressed. Before using these apps please consult with your own physician or health care provider as to the apps validity and accuracy as this post is not intended to affirm the validity or accuracy of the apps in question. The app(s) mentioned in this post should not be used without discussing the app first with your health care provider.

 

Author:

Darwin Wan

2 Responses to Ortho Traumapedia is a succinct orthopedic injury reference app

  1. Rohit November 1, 2012 at 12:00 am #

    Thanks for this review. This is an app I would not have otherwise known about and could be useful to me. I’m curious to know how rating of the price is determined? Is it based upon what the app itself offers, compared to other similar apps, or compared to an actual Ortho Trauma review text?
    Unlike a physical textbook, which you can peruse before purchasing, it would be nice if the App Store had a trial feature, allowing one to use the app for a few days before making a decision to purchase it.

  2. Tom Lewis November 1, 2012 at 11:40 am #

    I completely agree about the trial period. I think it is amazing that Apple can get away with their current practices. Similarly the fact they don’t offer refunds is mad! I like the Android system where you can get fully functional apps for 48 hours which you then need to purchase if you want to keep using. A really good incentive and way to trial apps out

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