Browsing articles from "June, 2012"

OrthoRef Lite

Jun 8, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, General Ortho, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Lower, Reference, Residents, Trauma, Upper  // 

A free version of a list-based reference of orthopaedic classification systems from the creator of NeuroMind, one of the top Neurosurgery apps.  This version only includes 60 scores for free.

Overall: 3+
Functionality: 3+
Coolness: 3

From the creator of top-app NeuroMind, this app attempts to provide a comprehensive list of orthopaedic classification systems and decision support for orthopaedic surgeons and trainees.  The lite version only includes 60 scores for free, but the remaining 40 require the full version.  The app is organized into 3 sections: scores, decision support, and “other.”  Currently the app is in its infancy and is limited by the number of scores available, as well as a lack of images.  In total, this app currently contains over 100 scoring and classification systems.  The list is organized by body part, and for the most part, many of the most common systems are included.  Unfortunately, the app is limited by the fact that there are no images provided to assist with fracture descriptions, which are relatively succinct and difficult to understand if not already familiar with a particular injury scoring system.  The decision support tab provides assistive scoring tools for 9 different injuries, including SLIC, TLICS, and stroke risk in AF.  These are definitely helpful.  The “other” section includes links to a safe surgery checklist as well as the TEDx talk given by the app’s creator, Pieter Kubben.  Overall, this app is most appropriate for surgeons already familiar with a particular classification system and who need a reminder about the details.

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OrthoRef

Jun 8, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, General Ortho, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Lower, Reference, Residents, Spine, Trauma, Under $5, Upper  // 

A list-based reference of orthopaedic classification systems from the creator of NeuroMind, one of the top Neurosurgery apps.

Overall: 3+
Functionality: 3+
Coolness: 3

From the creator of top-app NeuroMind, this app attempts to provide a comprehensive list of orthopaedic classification systems and decision support for orthopaedic surgeons and trainees.  The app is organized into 3 sections: scores, decision support, and “other.”  Currently the app is in its infancy and is limited by the number of scores available, as well as a lack of images.  In total, this app currently contains over 100 scoring and classification systems.  The list is organized by body part, and for the most part, many of the most common systems are included.  Unfortunately, the app is limited by the fact that there are no images provided to assist with fracture descriptions, which are relatively succinct and difficult to understand if not already familiar with a particular injury scoring system.  The decision support tab provides assistive scoring tools for 9 different injuries, including SLIC, TLICS, and stroke risk in AF.  These are definitely helpful.  The “other” section includes links to a safe surgery checklist as well as the TEDx talk given by the app’s creator, Pieter Kubben.  Overall, this app is most appropriate for surgeons already familiar with a particular classification system and who need a reminder about the details.

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EBSS.live

Jun 8, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, iPhone Apps, Journals/Books, Reference, Residents, Spine, Trauma, Tumor  // 

An orthopaedic spine trauma literature search tool for finding articles about spine surgery, full abstracts, and levels of evidence.

Overall: 4+
Functionality: 5
Coolness: 4

AO Foundation has created a unique and useful tool that is a great resource for residents, students,  and orthopaedic surgeons alike who perform spine surgery.  The app is organized by subtopic: Trauma, Tumor, Deformity, Degeneration, Infection, and Metabolic/Inflammatory/Genetic spine diseases.  In total, the app includes over 3800 peer-reviewed clinical articles applicable to spine surgery.  The user can also search by key word, and can presumably find relevant articles related to very specific topics.  The search algorithm appears to apply to the title, as well as the abstract.  In addition, the app easily identifies the level of evidence for each article, provides the full abstract, and links to the Pubmed abstract.  Overall, while smart phones are typically not the platform of choice to browse the literature, this app is certainly worth a look.

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Traumaline

Jun 8, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, General Ortho, iPhone Apps, Journals/Books, Lower, Reference, Residents, Top, Trauma, Upper  // 

An orthopaedic trauma literature search tool organized by body part and published by the AO foundation to organize peer-review articles and evaluate levels of evidence.

Overall: 4+
Functionality: 5
Coolness: 4

AO Foundation has created a unique and useful tool that is a great resource for residents, students,  and orthopaedic surgeons alike.  Organized by body part (with a familiar appearance to those who use the AO Surgery app), this app has classified over 5500 peer-reviewed articles applicable to the treatment of orthopaedic fractures.  The user can search by body part as well as key word, and can presumably find relevant articles related to specific trauma topics.  The search algorithm appears to apply to the title, as well as the abstract.  In addition, the app easily identifies the level of evidence for each article, provides the full abstract, and links to the Pubmed abstract.  Overall, while smart phones are typically not the platform of choice to browse the literature, this app is certainly worth a look.

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Ombro e Cotovelo

Jun 8, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, iPhone Apps, Non-English, Patients, Reference, Upper  // 

A Portuguese-language iPhone app for orthopaedic shoulder and elbow pathology.

Overall: NR
Functionality: NR
Coolness: NR

Unfortunately, I do not speak Portuguese and cannot evaluate this app based on its merits.  However, from playing around with the menus, this app appears to offer a significant amount of general information about shoulder and elbow pathology… in Portuguese.

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OrtoClass

Jun 8, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, iPhone Apps, Lower, Non-English, Reference, Residents, Trauma, Upper  // 

A Portuguese-language iPhone app for orthopaedic trauma classification systems.

Overall: NR
Functionality: NR
Coolness: NR

Unfortunately, I do not speak Portuguese and cannot evaluate this app based on its merits.  However, from playing around with the menus, this app appears to closely mimic the English-language “OrthoClass” app that received very high reviews.  The only difference is that this one is in Portuguese.

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TumorOsseo

Jun 8, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, iPhone Apps, Non-English, Reference, Residents, Tumor  // 

A Portuguese-language iPhone app for musculoskeletal tumors.

Overall: NR
Functionality: NR
Coolness: NR

Unfortunately, I do not speak Portuguese and cannot evaluate this app based on its merits.  However, from playing around with the menus, this appears to be a very functional tool that includes a plethora of information about musculoskeletal tumors.  …and it’s in Portuguese.

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