Tools of the trade

Training orthopedic surgeons to repair fractured bones can take years and cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. A University of Iowa research team wants to improve the process with a sophisticated, but portable, orthopedic surgery simulator that uses small cameras and synthetic bones to mimic surgery and provide residents with immediate feedback.

Study asks: How well do physicians follow clinical practice guidelines

Using health insurance data involving more than 1 million cases nationally, UI Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation researchers found that many patients with knee osteoarthritis continued to receive either corticosteroid or hyaluronic acid injections for pain relief, even after published clinical practice guidelines cited evidence questioning those injections’ effectiveness.