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Must-Have App for Orthopedics Cases

Castro, Harvey MD

doi: 10.1097/01.EEM.0000398185.57637.06
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In residency, orthopedic cases were one of my favorites, and I wish I had had this app then. The Ortho Traumapedia iPhone app is a musthave for emergency medicine residents, but all emergency physicians should consider purchasing it, too. The app compiles current standards of care based on extensive literature review quickly and concisely, and includes images to help visualize fractures and x-ray findings. The application is 11.7 MB, and runs on the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. It requires 4.0 or later.

The app was developed by orthopedic surgeons, and is organized into chapters by bone and joint. Each chapter has basic facts, images, classifications, and treatment recommendations. The format of the app is extremely easy to use. In the fractures section, you scroll down to the bone you want, and navigate between the four sections with the buttons on the bottom of the screen.

For navicular fractures, for instance, the Facts section discusses the epidemiology and common injury mechanisms. On the Images page, there are examples of x-rays showing the normal AP view, the normal oblique view, and the normal lateral foot. The Classify button reviews the anatomic description of each fracture, and the Treat section reviews therapies based on the type of fracture. The section on navicular fractures also discusses possible complications.

I was very impressed with the extensive list of fractures, and the overall user experience is excellent. The x-rays are well labeled, and look amazing on my iPhone 4. My only suggestion to the authors is to allow users to zoom in on the x-rays. They should also consider a lite version for users not ready to spend $9.99 for an app.

Dr. Castro is an emergency physician, the CEO of Deep Pocket Series (, and the creator of several iPhone apps, including FastERTX, IV MEDS, Stroke Scale, A Shockable Ringtone, Drug Seeker, and 1st Follow Up.

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