Fracture classification systems are often confusing at best with multiple subtypes depending on the specific anatomy. There are a range of different treatment options for various fractures which is often dependent on the classification and type of fracture.
Orthoclass is a mobile application designed for orthopaedic surgeons which allows them to quickly and easily access a range of fracture classification systems for a wide range of anatomical locations. Users can select Adult Trauma, Child Trauma, or Search for various types of classifications. The user interface is simple and straightforward to use with a series of taps and simple touch gestures to navigate through the menu system.
Selecting an anatomical region often presents numerous classification systems for that region. Furthermore, there are often accompanying images to illustrate the various subtypes and a link to the original source. One potential way this app could be improved is by linking these articles directly to PubMed. However, this is only a minor contention and does not take away from the overall utility of this app. It would also be beneficial if there was an option to zoom in on the images.
The only major frustration is the lack of support for the larger iPhone 5 screen and complete omission of an Android version.
Each fracture classification system is described in brief suggesting this app is more of an aide mémoire than a formal learning resource. The inbuilt search function allows users to quickly identify specific classification systems or anatomical regions.
In summary, this free app offers users a range of benefits:
- Wide range of fracture classifications
- Useful diagrams to illustrate specific classification systems
- Citations of original article
- Includes adult and paediatric trauma
- Multiple classifications for each anatomical location
- Search functionality
Orthoclass is a classic medical reference app which contains a wide range of useful evidence-based information which is accessible at the point of care without the need for an internet connection. Despite a number of minor drawbacks, this app is sure to be of use to a range of surgeons from junior to senior.
Mr Tom Lewis