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Cite as Citation reference for the source document. Bow JK, Gallup N, Sadat SA, Pearce JM. Open source surgical fracture table for digitally distributed manufacturing. PLoS ONE 17(7): e0270328 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0270328 open access
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Location London, ON
Status Designed
Verified by MOST
Uses 3D Printing
Links https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0270328
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Hardware license CERN-OHL-S
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Roughly a third of the surgical procedures the World Bank is prioritizing as essential and cost-effective are orthopedic procedures. Yet in much of the developing world, prohibitive costs are a substantial barrier to universal access. One area where this is clear is surgical fracture tables, which generally cost >US$200,000 new. With the advent of 3-D printing, a new way to reduce medical equipment costs is to use open source hardware licensed designs to fabricate digitally-distributed manufactured medical hardware. That approach is applied here to make surgical tables more accessible. This study describes the design and manufacture of an open source surgical fracture table that uses materials that are widely available worldwide with specialty components being 3-D printed. The bill of materials and assembly instructions are detailed and the fracture table is validated to perform mechanically to specifications. Using an open source desktop RepRap-class 3-D printer, the components can be printed in a little over a week of continuous printing. Including the 3-D printed parts, the open source fracture table can be constructed for under US$3,000 in material costs, representing a 98.5% savings for commercial systems, radically increasing accessibility. The open source table can be adjusted 90–116 cm in height, tilted from +/-15 degrees, the leg height ranges from 31 to 117 cm, the arm supports and foot holder both have a 180-degree range, the foot position has a 54 cm range, and the legs can be adjusted from 55 to 120 degrees. It is mechanically adjusted so does not require electricity, however, surgical staff need to be trained on how to perform needed adjustments during surgery. The open source surgical table has verified performance for mechanical loading over 130 kg, geometric flexibility to allow for wide array of common surgeries, is radiolucent in surgical zones, and is modular and upgradeable.

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Keywords distributed manufacturing, additive manufacturing, 3d printing, economics, open-source, health, osat, medical devices, orthopedics, surgery, medical technology
SDG SDG03 Good health and well-being, SDG09 Industry innovation and infrastructure
Authors J. K. Bow, N. Gallup, S. A. Sadat, J. M. Pearce User:J.M.Pearce
License CC-BY-SA-4.0
Organizations FAST, MOST, MTU, Western
Language English (en)
Related 0 subpages, 23 pages link here
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Created July 15, 2022 by Joshua M. Pearce
Modified February 28, 2024 by Felipe Schenone
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