Thursday, May 05, 2011

Knee Joint Models Q & A

Do knee joint models just show the bones, or are there other features that can be found on different model options?

As with all types of models there are options for different features in knee joint models. The basic knee will include the bones as well as the major tendons and ligaments that hold the knee joint and knee cap in place. These ligaments typically fasten to the knee joint exactly how they would in an actual knee. With this level of detail most patient consultations are much easier and clearer, especially with patients that may have limited understanding of human anatomy.

Deluxe Anatomical Knee ModelOther options in knee joint models include the muscled knee model. As the name implies this is a model that includes the major muscles that are responsible for the movement of the knee. These muscles are very clearly identified as such and are a realistic color and texture. The muscles are located exactly where they are in the actual human knee and are very helpful in addressing knee sprains, strains and fractures.

I work in the emergency room. How practical is it to have knee joint models available for patients to understand what I am saying about their injury?

The emergency unit is a very fast paced and rather hectic part of the hospital or clinic. However, taking the time to clearly explain injuries or trauma to a patient is still foremost in a physician's mind. Having the option to grab a lightweight, easy to move model when the situation calls for a detailed explanation can actually save time, energy and decrease frustration levels on everyone's part. These models are designed to be very durable, easy to maintain and clean and also very lightweight for easy mobility as needed.

Most knee models are going to be small, about three inches in width and depth and ten inches in height. They can easily be stored in a central supply closet or at the nurse's station. When needed they can simply be brought to the emergency treatment room and returned after the patient discussion has ended. Doctors, nurses and even emergency room social workers can access the models as needed.

What is the benefit of having a card behind knee joint models and other types of human anatomy models?

Not all people viewing knee joint models are medical professionals or anatomy experts. Having a simple, clear and easy to read card located behind the model will allow anyone to identify the various components of the knee or respective body part. These types of models are ideal in patient rooms, in classrooms and even in research facilities. Having the features of the model identified is one option for the cards, but they can also be used to provide additional information about a specific condition or feature of the model. A good example of this is a breast model that provides information on how to do a self breast exam, which is an important part of preventative medicine for women.

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