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A novel sideways fall simulator to study hip fractures ex vivo

A novel sideways fall simulator to study hip fractures ex vivo

Title: A novel sideways fall simulator to study hip fractures ex vivo
Author: Fleps, Ingmar
Vuille, Muriel
Melnyk, Angela
Ferguson, Stephen J.
Guy, Pierre
Helgason, Benedikt
Cripton, Peter A.
Date: 2018-07-24
Language: English
Scope: e0201096
University/Institute: Háskólinn í Reykjavík
Reykjavik University
School: Tækni- og verkfræðideild (HR)
School of Science and Engineering (RU)
Series: PLOS ONE;13(7)
ISSN: 1932-6203
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0201096
Subject: Soft tissues; Femur; Pelvis; Hip; Bone fracture; Stiffness; Joints (anatomy); Pendulums; Mjaðmagrind; Útlimir; Beinbrot; Vefjafræði; Liðamót; Pendúlar
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11815/1436

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Fleps I, Vuille M, Melnyk A, Ferguson SJ, Guy P, Helgason B, et al. (2018) A novel sideways fall simulator to study hip fractures ex vivo. PLoS ONE 13(7): e0201096. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0201096


Falls to the side are the leading cause of hip fractures in the elderly. The load that a person experiences during a fall cannot be measured with volunteers for ethical reasons. To evaluate injurious loads, while considering relevant energy input and body posture for a sideways fall, a subject-specific cadaveric impact experiment was developed. Full cadaveric femur-pelvis constructs (N = 2) were embedded in surrogate soft tissue material and attached to metallic surrogate lower limbs. The specimens were then subjected to an inverted pendulum motion, simulating a fall to the side with an impact to the greater trochanter. The load at the ground and the deformation of the pelvis were evaluated using a 6-axis force transducer and two high-speed cameras. Post-test, a trauma surgeon (PG) evaluated specimen injuries. Peak ground contact forces were 7132 N and 5641 N for the fractured and non-fractured specimen, respectively. We observed a cervical fracture of the femur in one specimen and no injuries in a second specimen, showing that the developed protocol can be used to differentiate between specimens at high and low fracture risk.


The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.


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