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Any powered surgical or non-surgical (hardware) drill that is compatible with 4.5 or 5.0 mm diameter self-drilling Schanz screws can be used for this skills training module.

The Arbutus Medical HEX Drill Kit is best suited for driving of short K-wires, Steinmann pins or external fixator pins and contains:

  • Chuck Key
  • 3-Jaw Chuck Adapter
  • 2 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Batteries
  • Battery Charger
  • Modified DeWalt Drill
  • DrillCover Hex Linen
  • Storage Bag (not shown)[1]

Arbutus Medical is committed to simplifying orthopedic surgery to enable safe surgery for all by providing simple orthopedic tools that reduce the cost of surgery for hospitals and patients. Using patented DrillCover technology, Arbutus Medical provides safe, reliable, high-quality, and affordable surgical tools. To date, the company has shipped products capable of safely treating over 53,000 human patients and 38,000 animal patients across 36+ countries worldwide.[2]

The Arbutus Medical DrillCover technology saves money without compromising on safety or performance. The hardware drill used in the system was carefully selected to match the speed, torque, and ergonomics of a conventional surgical drill, while the cover provides a fully sealed liquid and pathogen-proof sterile barrier.

Conventional orthopedic drills are expensive, and one drill is not enough as it takes time to clean and sterilize instruments between cases. Multiple DrillCovers allow a busy hospital to perform back-to-back surgeries with a single drill simply by replacing the battery with a fully charged one and loading the drill into a new sterile cover.

For hospitals/clinics performing 2+ orthopedic cases / day, Arbutus Medical recommends additional DrillCover Hex linens and 3-Jaw Chuck Adapters. This allows you to perform multiple back-to-back surgeries with a single drill, simply by replacing the linen and 3-Jaw Chuck between patients.

Acknowledgements[edit | edit source]

This work is funded by a grant from the Intuitive Foundation. Any research, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this work are those of the author(s), and not of the Intuitive Foundation.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Arbutus Medical. Hex Drill Kit - Orthopedic Surgical Drill [Internet]. Arbutus Medical. Arbutus Medical; 2021 [cited 2021 Nov 28]. Available from: https://arbutusmedical.com/drillcover-hex/.
  2. Arbutus Medical. Our Vision: “Safe Surgery For Every Patient.” [Internet]. Arbutus Medical. Arbutus Medical; 2021 [cited 2021 Nov 28]. Available from: https://f.hubspotusercontent10.net/hubfs/6426110/July%202021%20Impact%20Report.pdf.
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