AO Skills Lab Overview

AOTrauma Skills Lab – Original version

For use in North America, and Brazil

Link to AOTrauma Skills Lab – Original version


AOTrauma Skills Lab – Updated version

For use in Asia-Pacific, Europe, Middle-East, Africa, and Latin America (except Brazil)

Link to AOTrauma Skills Lab – Updated version

The AO Skills Lab has been a core part of the AOTrauma Basic Principles of Fracture Management courses for almost 5 years. Feedback from faculty and participants has led to several improvements, while keeping the overall concept and number of stations unchanged.

The key changes are as follows:

  • The 'Techniques of reduction' has been distributed across two stations – E and F.
  • The new Station E is similar to the original Station F, but without the pelvic models, and with fewer instruments.
  • The new Station F is dedicated to distraction and utilizing ligamentotaxis to facilitate reduction. This station is equipped with three bone models:
  • A foam model of the femur to be used with the large femoral distractor
  • An ankle model with a Pilon fracture to be used with a medium femoral distractor
  • A calcaneal fracture to demonstrate the external fixator as reduction tool
  • The 'original' station E about fracture healing has been removed. A part of this station (mechanics of interfragmentary tissues) has been added to station J (Mechanics of plate fixation/Stiffness of composite beam systems).
  • Station J now addresses two concepts:
  • Fracture healing – mechanics of interfragmentary tissues (with an additional foam model to explain tolerance to deformation in different fracture patterns)
  • Mechanics of plate fixation – Stiffness of composite beam systems
  • Station H has received an update to the lever arm model to better demonstrate the concept of pull-out force.
  • In addition to content updates, stations A and C have been equipped with new tablets, which should have a positive impact on performance and stability.

Updated station names:

Station A – Torque measurement of bone screws

Station B – Soft-tissue penetration during drilling

Station C – Heat generation during drilling

Station D – Mechanics of bone fractures

Station E – Techniques of reduction, part 1

Station F – Techniques of reduction, part 2

Station G – Mechanics of intramedullary fixation

Station H – Mechanics of plate fixation

Station J – Fracture healing and plate fixation

Station K – Difficult implant removal