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Aim: To determine whether operator’s experience and time of operation (MUA) affects the outcome of fractures in paediatric age group as measured by re-MUA rate.

Method: Retrospective analysis of 918 children with fractures requiring MUA over a period of eight years was carried out.

Results: Re-MUA rate for those 910 children was 9.8%(90). There was a significant difference in these fractures requiring re-MUA depending upon the operator’s experience and time. Amongst all (90) who required re-MUA 7(7.7%) had index surgery by consultants and 83(93.3%) had MUA by trainee surgeons. 23(17.4%) patients were operated between 9 to 1700 hours and rest of them had MUA after 1700 hours (82.6%). At repeat procedure 4(4.4%) required some sort of fixation. (K wiring or ORIF)

Conclusion: The current overall re-MUA rate is higher than data published from the specialised centres and surgeons, but is probably more representative of norm, when performed in a general setting. Exact fracture personality should be evaluated carefully to reduce re-MUA rate. Re-MUA rate for trainee needs to be improved.

Correspondence should be addressed to Ms Larissa Welti, Scientific Secretary, EFORT Central Office, Technoparkstrasse 1, CH-8005 Zürich, Switzerland