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GPAS Partners at UBC awarded Grand Challenges Grant

Posted at December 8, 2014 | By : | Categories : Uncategorized | Comments Off on GPAS Partners at UBC awarded Grand Challenges Grant

Screen Shot 2014-09-08 at 1.29.05 PMThe World Health Organization estimates that 20 to 50 million people each year are injured in traffic accidents. About 90% occur in low- and middle-income countries, where resources for treatment are insufficient.

Commercial power tools are widely available but expensive ($30,000 or more) but surgical equipment is often  unavailable, while donated surgical drills fail in low-resource settings because technical support and replacement parts are unavailable. The end result: permanent disability for many.

This initiative by GPAS partners at the University of British Columbia offers a potential solution in the form of low-cost sterilizable cover that enables the use of widely available commercial power drills for orthopaedic trauma surgery in low-resource settings.

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