Fracture Classification & Management:
One of the many issues affecting orthopedic surgeons is the sheer number of classification systems used to describe a range of fractures. These are often confusing and unclear hence it is useful to have access to a reference guide on the go. This will allow junior trainees to describe fractures and ensure clearer communication. Certain apps like Ortho Traumapedia supplement this information with relevant management and diagnosis including operative fixation treatment.
Orthoclass is a free app that contains a wealth of information related to different fracture classification systems based on anatomical region. Users can select Adult Trauma or Child Trauma or alternatively, search for various types of classifications. The user interface is simple and straightforward despite the app not being updated for the retina iPhone screen. Each classification page contains the definitions of each type of fracture and useful images highlighting the different systems along with accompanying references.
Ortho Traumapedia contains a range of chapters related to adult orthopedic trauma including fractures and dislocations. Each chapter includes Facts, Imaging, Classification and Treatment, including common complications and classification systems. Information presented in each of these tabs is often written very succinctly in bullet point format with only relevant information being contained. Despite the lack of clear cited evidence for the treatment decisions discussed, this app is useful as a starting point. The section on imaging is useful as it contains a number of suggested imaging options for each type of fracture. There is also information related to the various classification systems for each anatomical region along with relevant diagrams. The treatment sections contains a range of recommended treatments based on the severity of the injury, type of fracture as well as possible complications.