KGMU developed app for orthopedic problem in children

A team of experts from King George’s Medical University (KGMU) in Lucknow has developed a mobile phone application which will solve all the problems related to orthopedics and trauma in children.

Bal Asthi Mitra App will be available for free download on Google Play Store.

The app, developed by the Department of Orthopedics, Team Medical, KGMU, is designed to answer questions regarding club foot, first aid methods, transporting children with orthopedic emergencies to hospital and other such difficulties.

The department has also organized a state level skill enhancement program in collaboration with Uttar Pradesh Orthopedic Association (UPOA) on the use, relevance and importance of Plaster’s Ponseti technique for clubfoot correction in children.

With over 80 participants, the program aims to train and educate doctors, nurses and paramedical staff on the technique that can reduce the need for surgical correction of clubfoot by more than 80 percent.

Professor Ajay Singh, Head of the Department of Pediatric Orthopedic, KGMU, said the technique was first used in Uganda in the 1980s. It has been in practice since then, but there is no technologically complete solution available in the hands of a specialist, especially in rural and peripheral areas, where the majority of clubfoot patients are reported.

“At KGMU, we do more than 25 such plasters in OPDs every day. If doctors and staff become well-versed in this cost-effective method, we can reduce both the need for surgery and the risk of recurrence. If the disease is detected very early, the child can be cured completely and even if it is detected late, it can reduce the risk of surgery by a large percentage.

KGMU is also disseminating its treatment protocols to a wider knowledge base.

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