Lucknow, October 11
A team of experts from King George’s Medical University (KGMU) in Lucknow has developed a mobile phone app that will answer all questions related to orthopedic and traumatic issues in children.
Named “Bal Asthi Mitra”, the application will be available for free download from the Google Play Store.
The app, developed by KGMU’s pediatric orthopedics department, is designed to answer questions about clubfoot, first aid methods, transporting children to hospital with orthopedic emergencies and other difficulties in this guy.
The department, in collaboration with the Orthopedic Association of Uttar Pradesh (UPOA), also organized a state-level skills improvement program on the use, relevance and importance of the ‘technique Ponseti ‘plaster for the correction of clubfoot in children.
With more than 80 participants, the program aimed to train and educate doctors, nurses and paramedics on the technique that can reduce the need for surgical clubfoot correction by more than 80 percent.
“The technique was first used in Uganda in the 1980s and has been practiced ever since, but few expert hands are available to tackle the technicality to perfection, especially in the rural and peripheral areas, where most clubfoot patients, ”said Professor Ajai Singh, head of the pediatric orthopedics department at KGMU.
“At KGMU every day, we do over 25 such casts in the OPD. And if doctors and their staff understand this cost-effective method, we can reduce both the need for surgery and the risk. The success rate is very high with the technique, so if given very early it can cure the child completely and even if it is introduced late it can reduce the risk of surgery to a large percentage. “, he added.
To fill the void of having the right skills to use the Ponseti technique, KGMU is also disseminating its treatment protocol to for a wider knowledge base. IANS