We build orthopaedic capacity in developing countries by collaborating with the local surgeons to develop training and implants that support their efforts to provide effective orthopaedic surgery to the poor. We design and manufacture surgical implants and instruments that we donate, or provide on a cost reimbursement basis, to under-resourced hospitals for the surgeons’ use. We coordinate orthopaedic training of the surgeons in the use of our equipment and other orthopaedic procedures.
With our help, surgeons can treat more patients and hasten healing so patients can return to work and resume care and feeding of their families.
…and long-term hardships for the injured and their families. The majority of the accidents affect the working poor. These people have limited access to education, so they generally have jobs like farming, rickshaw driver, factory worker, or seamstress, all of which require fully functioning arms, hands and legs. With more than 50% of the world’s population sustaining on less than $2 per day, a disabled family member who cannot work may drag the entire family further into poverty for as many as 3 generations.
The SIGN IM Nail System is comprised of intramedullary nails (implants) which are held in place with interlocking screws. This treatment is the ‘gold standard’ for surgical intervention in developing nations. However, the SIGN IM Nail System is uniquely designed for use in facilities that do not have C-arms (real-time x-ray intra-operatively) or power equipment.
We provide surgeons in developing countries with the SIGN IM Nail System and the training in the technique required. We teach the SIGN technique through surgery and feedback given via review of the cases reported on the online surgical database.
We have responded immediately to the call for help for all of the major earthquakes since the 2004 tsunami. The Haiti earthquake was the most recent call. Within hours of the catastrophic earthquake that leveled Port au Prince, in 2010, a SIGN aid team was preparing to respond. We treated the victims with severe fractures, provided urgent medical assistance in a chaotic and unstable environment.