These surveys have been approved by the POSNA Evidence Based Practice Committee

New surveys are added after the approval process in January, April, and September.

As a member of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, we invite you to participate in the following survey(s):

Trends in Surgical Treatment of Syndesmotic Ankle Injuries
Author: Collin May, MD, MPH

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Unstable injuries of the ankle syndesmosis are commonly treated with surgery. Historically, these injuries have largely been treated with static screw fixation across the fibula into the tibia. Recent literature on operative adult syndesmotic injury management has suggested improved functional outcomes and reduced complications with dynamic fixation using suture-button implants, however this has yet to be confirmed in a pediatric population. The aim of this survey is to evaluate trends in syndesmotic injury management and identify factors influencing surgeon choice of implant for pediatric and adolescent syndesmotic injuries.

POSNA Diversity and Inclusion
Author: Selina Poon, MD

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It is increasingly clear that diversity and inclusion provide multiple benefits to professional organizations such as POSNA. To that end, the POSNA diversity committee would like to gain insight regarding the diversity within our organization and promote the inclusion of all of our members. This is a short anonymous survey to help us start the process and work to create a more respectful and supportive organization.

Paralytic Agent Use in Type III Supracondylar Humerus Fractures
Author: John A. Schlechter, DO

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The aim of this study is to understand the prevalence of paralytic agent(s) use by Orthopaedic Surgeons when treating Type III Supracondylar Humerus Fractures in children. This study has been approved by Children’s Hospital of Orange County's (CHOC) Institutional Review Board. All responses are anonymous and confidential. Preliminary results of the survey will be available.

Achilles Rupture after Previous Achilles Tenotomy
Author: Alexander Aretakis, MD

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Achilles tenotomy is considered as both standard of care for treatment of clubfoot and as a very safe procedure with a low complication rate. We are looking to estimate if the incidence of Achilles tendon rupture after tenotomy, and in the pediatric/adolescent (<18 years old) population at large, is more common than previously reported. Additionally, we are gathering information on general treatment protocols for these patients.
Please think back to the patients you have seen/treated. For the purposes of this study, please only report on patients who were under 18 years old at the time of the injury. If needed, we also encourage you to review the medical record for any relevant patients.

Management of Pediatric Forearm Fractures
Author: Alex Lopyan, MD, MS

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In the context of the global pandemic, with patients more likely to avoid Emergency Departments, as well as these areas becoming overwhelmed, this study endeavors to determine the common practice of Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeons when evaluating pediatric patients with forearm and wrist fractures that require reduction. Specifically, when a reduction is required under procedural sedation, we hope to clarify what location (Emergency Department, trauma bay, procedure room, Operating Room) is commonly selected. Further, in these patients who present directly to the office, we similarly hope to clarify the location (ED, office, procedure room, OR) that is commonly selected to provide the most appropriate care.

Nighttime compared to full-time bracing in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis: Evaluating Clinical Equipoise and Feasibility for a Multi-center Clinical Trial
Author: Walter Truong, MD

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We are interested in learning more about provider preferences with respect to scoliosis bracing in the treatment of idiopathic scoliosis. This survey explores potential factors in decision making and case scenarios for consideration. Information from this survey will inform future research that may include random assignment to treatment with nighttime or full-time bracing.