SickKids Paediatric Orthopaedic Pathways
The SickKids Paediatric Orthopaedic Pathways (SKPOPs) are user-friendly clinical pathways that are systematically developed, and where possible, evidence-based. These pathways have been developed in collaboration with the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia. The SKPOPs aim to assist primary-care physicians, emergency room physicians and orthopaedic surgeons in making decisions about appropriate and effective care for their patients.
The Trauma and Infection Pathways have been developed to help primary-care physicians, emergency room physicians and orthopaedic surgeons manage acute paediatric orthopaedic musculoskeletal injuries and infections. Pathways have been developed for the emergency department, outpatient/fracture clinic management and operating room management.
The Elective Pathways have been developed to help primary-care physicians and community orthopaedic surgeons manage common reasons for referral to paediatric orthopaedic surgeons that may not require surgical intervention at the time of diagnosis. The Elective Pathways provide information on necessary investigations for diagnosis, indications for referral to a paediatric orthopaedic surgeon, and information to provide to parents.