Basic Principles of Paediatric Fracture Management for Operating Room

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Basic Principles of Paediatric Fracture Management for Operating Room Course

Operating Room Personnel (ORP) are valuable members of the trauma team treating fractures in the operating theatres. It is essential therefore, to address the inadequacy of education for ORP in the country. This course provides fundamental knowledge in the operative treatment of fractures according to the AO Principles of fracture management. The course is in the form of didactic presentations, group discussions between participants and faculty and practical sessions. Two (2) ORP courses have been organized in Cape Coast and Tamale. The National Course Chair is Ms. Stella Minta of Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital. Enquiries about the course can be directed to her through sminta@rocketmail.com or 0244765412

 


 

Basic Principles of Paediatric Fracture Management

This is an operative course tailor-made for Surgeons. It provides fundamental knowledge in the operative treatment of paediatric fractures according to the AO principles. This course provides knowledge on techniques for managing common paediatric fractures. The content includes paediatric anatomy and physiology, fracture classification, understanding paediatric injuries and paediatric fracture healing. Practical sessions include nailing of forearm fractures, pinning of distal radius fractures and elastic nailing of femoral shaft fracture and retrograde and antegrade techniques. The first course took place in Cape Coast with 36 Residents and Surgeons in attendance. The National Course Chair, Dr. Michael Segbefia, was the main facilitator for this course.

 


 

Non-Operative Paediatric Fracture Treatment Course

This is an instructional course with the objective of providing doctors and other health care workers with guidelines for basic non-operative treatment of common paediatric fractures to enable them recognize those fractures that need operative treatment in specialist units. The course is in the form of presentations, practical exercises and group discussions. Some of the practical sessions include how to apply skin traction, lower circular cast, upper leg circular cast and hip spica. So far two (2) non-operative courses have been organized in Cape Coast and Sunyani respectively. For more information about the course, please get in touch with Dr. Peter Konadu (Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital), the National Course Chair via peterkonadu60@yahoo.de