AAOS Now, August 2009
AAOS releases first pediatric clinical practice guidelines
Recommendations focus on treating pediatric diaphyseal femur fractures Pediatric diaphyseal femur fractures account for 1.4 percent to 1.7 percent of all pediatric fractures. Of every 100,000 children who sustain a fracture annually, approximately 19 will have femoral shaft fractures. Many different options for treating femoral shaft fractures exist, and treatment is dictated by patient age, fracture characteristics, and the social situation.
AAOS adopts ‘off-label’ statement
Supports use in “the best interest of patients,” advises counseling and reporting The orthopaedic community faces many complex challenges in navigating and reconciling changing regulatory requirements and technological and scientific developments. One area of regulatory focus and ambiguity is the intersection of the practice of medicine and a physician’s legal use of products that may be unapproved for certain indications or “off-label” when in the best interest of the patient.