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Aims and Learning Outcomes

You will gain:

  • a thorough theoretical and practical grounding in the science of external fixation of diaphyseal and metaphyseal fractures and deformity
  • 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 robust 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

Learn to
  • Demonstrate a thorough theoretical knowledge of the anatomy, biomechanics and pathophysiology of long bone fractures and externally fixed reconstructions
  • Demonstrate a thorough theoretical knowledge of the design and mechanics and of typical external fixation systems, including unilateral frames and fine wire ring fixators
  • 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 external fixation, 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 external fixation of common fractures on simulated bones
  • Demonstrate the ability to explain the techniques of external fixation 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