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Int Orthop. 2012 Aug;36(8):1543-7. doi: 10.1007/s00264-012-1527-4. Epub 2012 Mar 17.

Smartphones in orthopaedics.

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Lister General Hospital, Lister, Stevenage, UK. nawfal@yahoo.com

Abstract

With the introduction of the European Working Time Directive, surgical trainees are facing limited training opportunities and doctors are required to maximise their training opportunities. Smartphone sales have been rapidly increasing over the last five years and can be used as a training tool for the orthopaedic trainee and surgeon. Common uses include applications (AO, eLogbook and PubMed), Ebooks, online Logbooks, Guidelines and surgical techniques. In addition, smartphones can be used to immediately complete work-based assessments, in the absence of computers, hopefully increasing completion rates and reliability. Some journals now provide podcasts and video tutorials which may be accessed on smartphones, which is useful for higher examinations. Smartphones can also be used in the clinical setting to take photographs of wounds. Smartphones are enjoying increased uptake and application in the workplace and we review their use for orthopaedic surgeons and trainees to allow them to make the most out of their training opportunities.

PMID:
22426935
PMCID:
PMC3535034
DOI:
10.1007/s00264-012-1527-4
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