Project Lead(s): Marianne Black, Lawrence Buchan
The 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) 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 project 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.
In Vancouver, scientists are turning power drills into sterile surgical tools, in Montreal they’re transforming disaster response, meanwhile in Saskatoon, researchers are using plants to stave off cavities. Read More