Almost 30 years ago Rigmor Texhammer and Chris Colton wrote the book AO/ASIF Instruments and Implants. This book, a technical manual for ORP, became the standard work for ORP describing AO techniques of operative fracture surgery. Most of the principles set out in that book have remained unchanged but the techniques and implants used to apply them have changed dramatically in the intervening years revolutionizing the care given to patients.
This completely new book, Techniques and Principles for Operating Room, is a valuable tool for the operating room personnel and for residents starting their careers in orthopaedic trauma care. The book is divided into three sections: (1) operating room principles which cover the different aspects of operating room management for ORP; (2) the AO Principles of fracture management; and (3) a detailed guide to performing certain common procedures with an emphasis on the use of the surgical instruments.
The classic and well established techniques are stressed but the most recent advances in operative fracture care are highlighted. These include the increasing importance of relative stability, biological fixation, minimal invasive techniques, and the correct use of locking head screws and the locking compression plate. Section 3—anatomical applications—describes the use of different fixation techniques in common fractures. Each procedure is described in a step-by-step way designed to assist ORP and junior residents while assisting surgery.
I am convinced that all staff working in the operating room will make use of this well written and well illustrated book to the benefit of the patient.
1 Operating room principles
2 Principles of trauma care
3 Anatomical applications