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Aims and Learning Outcomes

This module aims to give students:

  • a thorough theoretical and practical grounding in the science of intramedullary nailing of diaphyseal and metaphyseal fractures
  • a critical understanding of when and how to use this technique
  • an evidence-based appreciation of the risks and likely benefits of this compared with other treatment options.

This will contribute to the broader aim to influence clinicians to use a critical and scientifically supported approach to planning patient care. Students will have on-going access to other professionals during the period of the module in order to facilitate their learning.

Learning outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • demonstrate a thorough theoretical knowledge of the anatomy, pathophysiology, and biomechanics of long bone fractures and bone-nail constructions
  • demonstrate a thorough theoretical knowledge of the design, mechanics and metallurgy of typical intramedullary nailing systems
  • be able to describe, with reference to clinical evidence, the relative merits of different treatment modalities for common long bone fractures
  • demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the risks of intramedullary nailing, and an ability to assess those risks with respect to likely benefit
  • demonstrate working knowledge of clinical protocols that are supported by evidence
  • demonstrate the ability to perform intramedullary nailing of common fractures on simulated bones
  • demonstrate the ability to explain the techniques of intramedullary nailing and subsequent care
  • demonstrate the ability to communicate with other health care professionals to facilitate interdisciplinary teamworking
  • demonstrate the ability to use critical appraisal skills
  • demonstrate the ability to evaluate and use different sources of evidence appropriately