Journal Article
Multicenter Study
Add like
Add dislike
Add to saved papers

Amputation and the assessment of limb viability: perceptions of two hundred and thirty two orthopaedic trainees.

INTRODUCTION: The management of complex extremity injury, which may require assessment of limb viability and performance of amputation, is a challenge to those involved in its emergent and definitive care. Concern exists regarding the exposure of orthopaedic trainees to such cases due both to changes in training and centralisation of trauma services.

SUBJECTS AND METHODS: This is a web-based observational study by survey, investigating the confidence and perceived adequacy of training of UK orthopaedic specialist trainees in the assessment of limb viability and amputation surgery. 222 responses from 888 trainees were required to achieve a < 5% error rate with 90% confidence; 232 surveys were completed.

RESULTS: Trainee confidence in dealing with the assessment of limb viability is high despite infrequent exposure to cases. The majority of trainees perceive their training in limb viability assessment as adequate. For performance of amputation, exposure is minimal, confidence is lower and 36% of trainees regard their training as inadequate.

CONCLUSIONS: Limb viability assessment is an area in which trainees feel confident and well trained. There is, however, a perceived training inadequacy in amputation surgery and a corresponding lack of confidence for many trainees, irrespective of training year. This is the first study to offer an insight into specific training experiences of junior orthopaedic surgeons at a national level and it should drive the development of opportunities for trainees to develop skills in amputation surgery.

Full text links

We have located links that may give you full text access.
Can't access the paper?
Try logging in through your university/institutional subscription. For a smoother one-click institutional access experience, please use our mobile app.

Related Resources

For the best experience, use the Read mobile app

Mobile app image

Get seemless 1-tap access through your institution/university

For the best experience, use the Read mobile app

All material on this website is protected by copyright, Copyright © 1994-2024 by WebMD LLC.
This website also contains material copyrighted by 3rd parties.

By using this service, you agree to our terms of use and privacy policy.

Your Privacy Choices Toggle icon

You can now claim free CME credits for this literature searchClaim now

Get seemless 1-tap access through your institution/university

For the best experience, use the Read mobile app