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Granny’s Hip

Length: 1 Hour or Less

Discipline: Biological Sciences

Level: Intermediate (majors and non-majors)

Author: Tallitsch, Robert

“You stop over to visit your grandmother for your weekly visit to set out her medications for the coming week. As you enter her apartment, you find her lying on her back in severe pain. She is confused and does not recognize you when you enter the room. In addition, she is unable to tell you how she came to be lying on the floor.
You try to help her up off of the floor, but she immediately complains of significant pain in the groin area. You dial 911 and an ambulance arrives.
The students are walked through a 2-part problem that investigates the anatomy of the hip joint complex, the vasculature of the femur, and possible surgical interventions for repair of a fractured or dislocated hip.”

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