AO Skills Lab Overview
AOTrauma Skills Lab – Original version
For use in North America, and Brazil
AOTrauma Skills Lab – Updated version
For use in Asia-Pacific, Europe, Middle-East, Africa, and Latin America (except Brazil)
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