Browsing articles in "Pediatrics"

OrthoGuidelines

App for reviewing the AAOS Guidelines and Appropriate Use Criteria for specific diagnoses.

Overall: 5
Functionality: 4+
Coolness: 3

I applaud the AAOS for creating a very useful and intuitive app for reviewing and consulting the AAOS Guidelines and Appropriate Use Criteria for specific diagnoses.  As most orthopaedic surgeons and trainees are aware, the AAOS has committed a significant effort to developing useful guidelines and tools to help surgeons make the appropriate surgical decisions when treating a number of common conditions.  Until now, the guidelines could only be accessed in their PDF form.  This app allows anyone to review the published guidelines in a very useful format.  The app currently includes 17 guidelines (CPG) and 4 appropriate use criteria (AUC) modules.  The guidelines can be sorted by strength and stage of care.

Overall, the app is well made and a great step forward in improving access to these important tools.  I recommend the app to both trainees (for both education and testing purposes) as well as surgeons (for treatment purposes).

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OrthoBullets: Bullets*

OrthoBullets’ stand-alone and companion app with study material, images, questions, and quizzes

Overall: 5+
Functionality: 5+
Coolness: 5

OrthoBullets has scored a home run with their new Bullets* app available from the iTunes store.  This app is can be used as a companion app to the existing OrthoBullets website, but also functions extraordinarily well as a stand-alone resource.  The app consists of 5 sections: Topics, QBank, Cases, Evidence and PASS.  The topics section includes all information on the OrthoBullets site, separated in the same familiar lists and easily searched by keyword.  I found the search and browsing to be very fast and intuitive.  Importantly, each topic includes the same figures, diagrams, and questions associated with the web version to help learn concepts through the VEPTR technique.

The QBank also integrates with your existing online login and automatically transfers over your existing TestMaster scores and personal tests.  It also allows you to create new tests which can be defined by test style, topics, number of questions, etc.  The format will be very familiar to existing OrthoBullets users.

The cases will be familiar to any OrthoBullets user, and includes a presentation, images, and the valuable comments and discussion that ensures.  One of the newest features includes the ability to select “Evidence” to support an answer to a question, greatly enhancing the validity and value of this service.  The evidence can also be searched independently, and by specialty.  All of this is seamlessly integrated into the mobile format.

Lastly, the PASS section is available to residents who already use the PASS system in their residency program.  While I could not test this section entirely, it appears to function similar to the website equivalent.

Overall, the Bullets* app is a full-featured educational tool for any orthopaedic student, resident, fellow, or attending.  With quick and easy access to the entire OrthoBullets database combined with cases, quiz access and a versatile interface – I highly recommend this free app to everyone.

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AAOS Access

Complete video content from the AAOS

Overall: 4+
Functionality: 5
Coolness: 4

The American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) has now created a mobile app portal for access to an entire library of AAOS video content.  The AAOS Access app includes the ability to view, download, and save videos from the Orthopaedic Video Theater, previously only found on the AAOS website.  The user interface is easy to navigate, with a navigation tab on the left providing shortcuts to featured videos, special collections, or specific topics.  Videos can be downloaded for viewing, or streamed directly on the device.  Video and audio content is very good, and can be watched in full screen mode.   The current collection (March 2015) includes 414 videos, an impressive collection, and certainly more will be added in the future.  Additional features include a search function as well as a bookmark tool for easily accessing favorites.

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Insights Orthopedics

Orthopaedic journal and news aggregator with personalized information.

Overall: 5
Functionality: 5+
Coolness: 5

 

Insights Orthopedics is a comprehensive and visually stunning news and research aggregator for orthopedics.  With a recent redesign in October 2014, their interface has become even more streamlined and visually appealing. Using their specialized search engine, the app collects orthopaedic journals, videos, full-text articles, news, podcasts, images, clinical trials, and association information and presents it in a clear and functional format.  The app looks and feels like the “flipboard for orthopaedic surgery.” The initial landing page presents the various modules, including journal clubs from various institutions, leading journal articles, videos, upcoming events, bookmarks, and industry.  A simple swipe of the keyboard quickly scrolls through the various articles and videos permitting continued browsing of abstracts.  With the new features, thousands of institutional library subscriptions have been adding, permitting full access to the article for users.  The intuitive user interface includes the ability to bookmark resources for off-line browsing or share links via Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, email, and SMS.  One of the apps most versatile features is the Aggregator function, which works as a search and includes many pre-populated key terms as well as the ability to type in your own words.

Overall, this app has the look and feel of a “top app” with a number of useful features for any orthopaedic surgeon or trainee.

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Bone Ninja

Jul 7, 2014   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, iPad Apps, Lower, Pediatrics, Residents, Top, Under $10, Upper, Utilities  // 

Sophisticated app for pre-operative planning of osteotomies and limb correction.

Overall: 5
Functionality: 5+
Coolness: 4

Although it has a catchy name and cute icon, Bone Ninja is neither a toy nor a game. This is a sophisticated and serious app created by the International Center for Limb Lengthening to teach planning for limb lengthening and alignment surgery. The app was primarily used as a tool for the deformity course that they host, and I advise that anyone interested in the app either take the course or watch one of the introductory lectures.

The app itself includes a library of images for practicing and learning. This includes both frontal and saggital plane views of limbs with various angular deformities. The user can also upload their own image. Once an image is selected, you enter the editing mode. The features are impressive, and include calibration and enhanced editing tools such as various select functions, linking options, the ability to free-cut the image, angular and length measurement tools and rulers, and more. It even has “hardware” icons that can be added to the images.

As stated above, this app is not for amateurs and includes lessons and resources for learning, including links to YouTube videos (Part 1, Part 2, Demo).

App website: http://www.lifebridgehealth.org/RIAO/BoneNinjaAppforiPad.aspx

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Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics – British

Aug 31, 2013   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, General Ortho, iPad Apps, Journals/Books, Pediatrics, Residents, Subscription  // 

Mobile access to the Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics (British)

Overall: 4
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 3

The Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics (British) is part of a series of digital journal conversions by Wolters Kluwer.  This simple, intuitive, and sleek app allows users to download complete issues of the journal and browse full articles.  The app is organized into the “library” – which shows all journal issues – and the “viewer” – where journals can be read.  The journal is presented in entirety, including the table of contents and advertisements.  The key feature, however, is the integration of links among the table of contents, emailing links, posting to twitter and facebook, and hopefully the future integration of digital media.  Currently, the app and journals are offered for free, however a subscription will likely be required in the future. For now, though, download the app and benefit from this fantastic resource.

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Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics – American

Aug 31, 2013   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, iPad Apps, Journals/Books, Pediatrics, Residents, Subscription  // 

Mobile access to the Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics (American)

Overall: 4
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 3

The Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics (American) is part of a series of digital journal conversions by Wolters Kluwer.  This simple, intuitive, and sleek app allows users to download complete issues of the journal and browse full articles.  The app is organized into the “library” – which shows all journal issues – and the “viewer” – where journals can be read.  The journal is presented in entirety, including the table of contents and advertisements.  The key feature, however, is the integration of links among the table of contents, emailing links, posting to twitter and facebook, and hopefully the future integration of digital media.  Currently, the app and journals are offered for free, however a subscription will likely be required in the future. For now, though, download the app and benefit from this fantastic resource.

 

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iSplint

Dec 26, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, General Ortho, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Lower, Pediatrics, Reference, Residents, Students, Trauma, Upper  // 

A light-weight splinting reference designed for emergency department physicians.

Overall: 4-
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 3

iSplint has features not present in other splinting apps, including fully native videos demonstrating splint application.  The app was created by an emergency medicine physician at George Washington University, giving it credibility.  Unfortunately, the selection of splints is limited to thumb spica, triple S, radial gutter, dorsal hand, sugar tong (upper extremity), posterior ankle, and sugar tong (lower extremity).  Aside from non-traditional orthopaedic terminology for some of these splints, the application of splints are all demonstrated using fiberglass with minimal padding.  This is somewhat of a deviation from traditional orthopaedic splint application.  In addition to the video demonstration, there is a “discussion” for each splint which links to a table that offers an image of the applied splint, application tips, and provides very brief indications.  Overall, this app is focused more towards emergency department staff, as advertised.  However, orthopaedic providers should be aware of this application and consider recommending it to colleague for simple splint applications.

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Top Ortho “App”

Download the www.TopOrthoApps.com iPhone app!  You’re already on the website, why not have on-the-go access direct from your iPhone?  This app has all of the best Top Ortho App lists that you’re used to: Top Apps, Free Apps, iPad Apps, Journals, Sports Apps, and much more!  Full reviews and screenshots are all available for free.

Overall: 5
Functionality: 5
Coolness: 5

This app has all of the best Top Ortho App lists that you’re used to: Top Apps, Free Apps, iPad Apps, Journals, Sports Apps, and much more!  Full reviews and screenshots are all available for free.

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Septic Hip

Feb 20, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Lower, Pediatrics, Residents, Students, Under $1, Utilities  // 
Overall: 4
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 4

This quick-reference app is designed to use a popular clinical algorithm to assist with the diagnostic distinction between transient synovitis and septic arthritis of the hip.  The app is based on 5 clinical predictors: fever, weight-bearing, ESR, WBC (published by Kocher et al. in 1999) and CRP (added by Caird et al. in 2006).  The interface is simple and intuitive by allowing the user to select the predictors that apply to a particular patient.  By touching “next,” the user is then presented with the probability of septic arthritis as calculated by each study individually (validated), and the overall probability of septic arthritis (average of the two).  Overall, this is a simple app that offers a convenient way to utilize an existing and popular clinical diagnostic algorithm.

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RealWorld Orthopaedics

Overall: 4+
Functionality: 4+
Coolness: 3+

Created by physicians and medical students at the Universite de Sherbrooke, this is one of the best musculoskeletal radiology apps available. The app is organized into subheadings: Medical, Technical, and Chapters.  Although not intuitively named, each section contains an abundance of information medical and radiology information.  For example, the Medical section includes a listing of about 150 radiographic fractures and dislocations, with each topic including 1-2 different patient cases.  Selecting a patient includes high-resolution images of the named pathology.  The most valuable and impressive part of the app, however, is the “eye” icon which overlays colorful highlighting directly over the radiograph with associated annotations (“glasses” icon) to explain the important radiographic findings.  This feature, alone, is impressive.  An information icon also links directly to reading material found in the Chapter section.  The Technical and Chapter sections include the same library of patients and images, but organized in a different way.  The most notable feature this app lacks is a “search” function that can quickly search for a fracture or dislocation of choice.  Overall, a very well-made and impressive app that would be useful to any medical student, intern, or junior resident that needs to learn about musculoskeletal radiology.

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eSplint

Jan 15, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, General Ortho, iPhone Apps, Lower, Pediatrics, Reference, Residents, Students, Top, Trauma, Under $1, Under $10, Under $5, Upper  // 
Overall: 4+
Functionality: 4+
Coolness: 3

 

This app is clearly a must-have guide for any primary care, urgent care, or emergency care provider by providing simple step-by-step instructions for splint application.  In addition, junior residents in musculoskeletal medicine fields, such as orthopaedic surgery or podiatry, may also find this to be a useful refresher for the application of splints.  The app is very simply organized into headings such as Splint Technique, Coaptation, Sugar Tong, etc. and provides a text and image guide for the application of each splint type.  The guide briefly lists a few indications for that particular splints, includes a text description with associated images, provides a very good brief video demonstrating application of the splint, and even includes patient education instructions for splint care!  Overall, this application is very useful to a variety of practitioners.  At such a great price, I cannot think of a reason why anyone who might need to apply a splint would not download this very simple and useful reference tool.

 

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OrthoClass

Dec 29, 2011   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, General Ortho, iPhone Apps, Pediatrics, Residents, Trauma  // 
Overall: 4
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 3+

 

A fracture classification reference, this app has an intuitively simple interface with the potential for great utility when describing/classifying fractures.  The apps is divided into 2 main sections: adult and pediatric trauma.  Sub-classifications include various joints and bones with matching thumbnail images to orient the user.  Once selecting a specific region (i.e. distal radius), the app then presents multiple classification systems for that region (i.e. Frykman, AO, Fernandez, Melone, Universal, etc.) as well as their accompanying images (typically taken directly from the primary source), and references.  Having such a well-organized reference list is worth the download in itself.  It is worth noting that the summaries for each fracture are brief, and presented only in table format.  Thus, this app is clearly designed for physicians/trainees who already have a basic knowledge of the fracture pattern and involved structures. Lastly, the app has a useful “search” function which worked very well.  Overall, a good reference app for trainees and surgeons needing to classify many fracture patterns.

 

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Paley Growth

Dec 27, 2011   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Lower, Pediatrics, Residents, Spine, Trauma, Upper  // 
Overall: 3+
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 3

 

This app is a useful utility for any orthopaedic surgeon or physician who treats limb-length discrepencies or needs a limb-length, trunk-height, or total height prediction tool.  Based on the publications and equations developed by Dr. Paley, and produced by Dr. Paley himself, the app is organized into 6 sections: discrepancy, bone length, fetal, height, sitting height, achondroplasia, and “other charts” which includes supporting tables, charts, and diagrams.  Each main section is organized into sub-categories to help a provider identify the appropriate equation.  Once the proper function as been selected, the app is as easy as entering the patients age, gender, and relevant values (limb length, current height, discrepancy, etc.).  Overall, the app provides  a free and invaluable tool for physicians who use the multiplier method in their clinical practice.

 

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Scoligauge

Nov 1, 2011   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, iPhone Apps, Pediatrics, Residents, Spine, Under $1, Under $10, Under $5  // 
Overall: 4
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 3

Part of the goniometer series developed by Ockendon.net, scoligauge uses the iPhone’s internal accelerometer to mimic a scoliometer.  The user first calibrates the device on a level surface, and then chooses to measure the angle based on the device’s position on an object or based on the camera image. The app shows a very realistic scoliometer model during the measurement.   Overall, the app relies on the accuracy of your iPhone’s internal accelerometer, but the app does what it says and allows for precise and objective measurements when a standard scoliometer is unavailable.

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Multiplier

Sep 26, 2011   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Android Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Lower, Pediatrics, Reference, Residents, Trauma  // 

Calculator for predicting height and bone length in children.

Overall: 4
Functionality: 4+
Coolness: 3+

Designed to help surgeons predict leg-length discrepancies at maturity, this app has expanded the use of Paley’s Multiplier tables to allow for the prediction of height, upper extremity length, and timing of epiphysiodesis.  The app itself is published by Sinai Hospital of Baltimore and includes a variety of references from their institution.  In addition to an intuitive user interface, there are useful resources including a complete multiplier table as well as the Elbow Scoring System to determine skeletal age.  The app also includes additional information such as AP and lateral foot measurements, as well as diagrams for measuring limb alignment. Overall, the app is certainly a requirement for any medical student, resident, fellow, or attending working with pediatric orthopaedic patients.

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OrthoEvent

Sep 24, 2011   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Arthroplasty, Clinicians, Free, General Ortho, iPhone Apps, Lower, Pediatrics, Reference, Residents, Spine, Sports, Top, Trauma, Upper  // 

Overall: 3+
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 3+

This free app is useful for any orthopaedic practitioner who attends or is planning to attend any orthopaedic-related conference. The app is designed to compile information regarding nearly all professional orthopaedic conferences worldwide, as well as organize conferences according to specialty. Once a conference is selected, the app provides dates, locations, abstract deadlines, and links to meeting websites. The app is limited by the fact that information is inconsistent, and that the majority of the app text is in French with no other languages available. Overall, the application is a creative and very helpful way to search for conferences that you might not otherwise be aware of.

Cost: Free
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