ETALO

Designing a surgical training model to develop skills to help drill bone and to place fixation pins to stabilize fractures

Team Lead: Dr. Moses Muhumuza Fisha

Lead Institution: CoRSU Rehabilitation Hospital

Team Countries: Uganda, United States, Jordan, Canada

Team ETALO (Education To Advance Limb-Saving Options for Open Fractures and Osteomyelitis) is designing a surgical training model for general surgeons, medical officers and other non-orthopedic practitioners to develop their skills to help drill bone and to place fixation pins to stabilize fractures. The Discovery Award will allow the team to develop a simulator designed to teach psychomotor skills for these procedures.

“Being able to drill bone is a critical skill that we find very useful in our setting, particularly with bone infections,” says Dr. Moses Muhumuza Fisha. “In Uganda, bone infections are an enormous problem. At our rehabilitation hospital we treat over 600 patients throughout the year with these kinds of infections; and this is only one hospital in Uganda. Throughout the world there are hundreds of thousands of people who need these procedures, but there are not enough trained practitioners.”