Infant Hip Examination Trainer
Developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH) occurs in approximately 1 or 2 babies in 1,000. The Limbs & Things Infant Hip Exam Trainer has been designed to meet the specific requirements of healthcare professionals training to identify and diagnose DDH.
Working with Dr Joseph O. Lopreiato, a pediatrician and Associate Dean for Simulation Education at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD, Limbs & Things developed this infant hip simulation model.
This infant hip trainer comes with 2 interchangeable lower leg modules that allow trainees to identify the differences between normal and abnormal hip pathologies. The Lower Abnormal hip module’s range of motion gives trainees a realistic representation of the following:
- Dislocating a hip that is lax in the socket
- Relocating a hip that is dislocated from the socket, feeling the “clunk” as the procedure is completed
- Using the Galeazzi sign to identify the visual signs of DDH
- Using both the Ortolani Test and Barlow Maneuver on both hip pathologies
An infant torso module was included in the trainer to provide a weighted model that has greater stability when in use. It also increases realism over a simple lower leg module.
What maneuvers can the Infant Examination Trainer demonstrate?
With both lax and dislocated hips represented in the model, and a strong range of movement, trainees are able to relocate and dislocate both hips with the Ortolani Test or the Barlow Maneuver.
What is the benefit of using the Limbs & Things multiple module infant hip trainer?
Our full body trainer is weighted and sized for a 1 month old female, this means that trainees can get comfortable conducting a hip exam with a realistic model. The interchangeable lower modules are easily fitted in under a minute, meaning that there is little disruption during training scenarios.
The model’s durability also means that trainees can repeatedly practice the procedures, helping them build confidence and develop muscle memory for the techniques involved, before performing the exam on a patient.
Why is this model only available in a light skin tone, 1 month old female infant model?
After consultation, it was determined that the prevalence of developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH) displays more prominently in white infant females, this was used for the basis of our design.