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Reducing cast-saw injuries through simple simulation

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Casting is a fundamental technique within orthopedics that is used to fix fractures, help patients with deformities, and immobilize a limb after surgery. For a physician, it’s imperative to not only know how to apply the cast appropriately, but also how to remove it safely.

During cast removal, a cast saw can heat up to the point where it injures the patient by burning their skin. This often results in further, expensive clinical care. But more importantly, it is a painful and avoidable injury to the patient.

Donald S. Bae, MD, an orthopedic surgeon in Boston Children’s Orthopedic Center, is the lead author on an article published in The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery that details how a simple simulation program dramatically reduced cast-saw injuries. …Read More

Expert’s Corner: Three tricky hand and upper extremity injuries

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Accurately diagnosing and treating hand and upper extremity injuries can be tricky. Several injuries are commonly misperceived in the referring physician community, says Andrea Bauer, MD, a hand and upper extremity specialist and orthopedic surgeon who recently joined Boston Children’s Hospital’s Orthopedic Center.

Bauer highlights several of these injuries and reviews how treatment paradigms for some have evolved. …Read More

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