Pediatric Orthopedic Surgical Emergencies

Overview

Care of pediatric orthopedic surgical emergencies is often provided by on-call orthopedic surgeons who primarily treat adults. This book is designed to impart essential information that enables doctors to safely evaluate and treat the most common emergencies in pediatric orthopedic surgery. Each emergency scenario includes the keys to patient evaluation, operative considerations, and expected complications. Filled with technical pearls and tips based on clinical experience in this area, the editors and ...

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Overview

Care of pediatric orthopedic surgical emergencies is often provided by on-call orthopedic surgeons who primarily treat adults. This book is designed to impart essential information that enables doctors to safely evaluate and treat the most common emergencies in pediatric orthopedic surgery. Each emergency scenario includes the keys to patient evaluation, operative considerations, and expected complications. Filled with technical pearls and tips based on clinical experience in this area, the editors and contributors to Pediatric Orthopedic Surgical Emergencies have created a single source for treatments and best practices in this area. Topics covered run the gamut from trauma (including the mangled extremity and compartment syndrome) to individual body regions (the spine, the upper and lower extremities) to infections and other conditions. Pediatric Orthopedic Surgical Emergencies is a convenient illustrated text for any physician seeking guidance for challenging, but not uncommon, pediatric emergencies.

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Reviewer: Robert M Arensman, MD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This is a compact, quick reference on some of the more common orthopedic emergencies children experience. Most of the chapters describe situations that would be encountered in the emergency department, but a few deal with matters that would require admission to a children's service and, hence, are a little remote to be classified as surgical emergencies.
Purpose: In his foreword, Dr. James McCarthy states "This textbook is a single source designed to provide updated information on the current treatment and best practices needed to care for patients with pediatric orthopedic surgical emergencies." Thus, "the primary purpose of this textbook is to assist the orthopedic surgeon whose on-call responsibilities require him or her to treat" children, generally in the emergency department. To that end, the book is reasonably successful, although far from comprehensive in either the extent of conditions covered or depth of information provided.
Audience: The book is written primarily for individuals with some degree of orthopedic background. It will be most valuable to orthopedic surgeons and residents, but also has value for students doing orthopedic or emergency rotations. The book may well inform emergency department personnel how to get started on the care of an orthopedically injured child. The two editors are members of pediatric orthopedic services with large pediatric trauma services at the University of Maryland and St. Christopher's Children's Hospital in Philadelphia. They have enlisted 22 writers from well-known and respected pediatric orthopedic centers throughout North America.
Features: Part I of the book's six parts contains three chapters, the first of which is a much shortened version of Advanced Trauma Life Support (a basic introduction to trauma that all surgeons should have completed if they are involved in any form of trauma care). The other two chapters discuss decision making for children with mangled limbs and compartment syndrome. In the next four parts, the editors proceed anatomically through spine (cervical injuries then thoracic and lumbar), upper extremity (of course, the supracondylar humeral fracture), lower extremity, and infections. Each section is limited to just 2 to 3 chapters, but they contain good, up-to-date information on current diagnosis and care. The last part contains a single chapter on slipped capital femoral epiphysis, which proves to be an interesting, informative, and current chapter, but how this qualifies as an orthopedic emergency is a little unclear.
Assessment: This is a short, solid, well-presented book on the most common pediatric orthopedic surgical emergencies. It will prove to be a good primer in the emergency department library or for aspiring or early training-level orthopedic residents.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441980045
  • Publisher: Springer New York
  • Publication date: 5/4/2012
  • Edition description: 2012
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Joshua M. Abzug,is anAssistant Professor of Orthopedics at the University of MarylandSchoolof Medicine.Martin J. Herman, MD is currently an attending physician at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. He is an Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Drexel University College of Medicine.

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Table of Contents

Polytrauma in the pediatric patient.- The mangled extremity in children.- Compartment syndrome.- Cervical spine injuries in children. Thoracic and lumbar spine injuries.- Supracondylar humerus fractures.- Upper extremity replantation in children.- Pediatric hip fractures and dislocations.- Pediatric proximal tibia fractures with vascular compromise.- Open tibia fractures in children and adolescents.- Septic hip.- Necrotizing fasciitis.- Slipped capital femoral epiphysis.

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