Team ETALO members


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Locations Uganda
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Part of Global Surgical Training Challenge
Authors ETALO
Published 2021
License CC BY-SA 4.0
Language English (en)
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Team ETALO 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.

ETALO, in a local Ugandan language, means bone infection. It is also an acronym for Education To Advance Limb-Saving Options for Open Fractures and Osteomyelitis.

Chronic osteomyelitis[1] and open fractures are very common in LMICs. These conditions require early intervention to debride and stabilize bone to avoid complications that would result in poor limb function, need for multiple surgeries, and possibly amputation.

The surgical skill sets required to treat both conditions are related and center around the psychomotor skill of drilling bone - whether that be to drain pus from the intramedullary canal for infection or to place pins to stabilize a bone to allow for healing in the setting of fracture or infection.

The skillset of drilling bone is part of routine orthopaedic training, but not taught in non-orthopaedic programs. This is a problem because in order for patients to have timely care, they will often be cared for by a physician that is not an orthopaedic surgeon.

Our model will contribute to improvement in outcomes for treatment of open fracture and osteomyelitis. There will be a decrease in morbidity, time to definitive care and overall cost of care.

Team ETALO members:

  1. Dr. Moses Fisha Muhumuza - Orthopaedic Surgeon, Uganda
  2. Dr. Coleen Sabatini - Orthopaedic Surgeon, USA
  3. Dr. Qusai Hammouri - Orthopaedic Surgeon, USA & Jordan
  4. Dr. Norgrove Penny - Orthopaedic Surgeon, Canada
  5. Tayla Colton - Education Consultant, USA
  6. Isaac Oluk - Engineer, Uganda
  7. Julius Mugaga - Biomedical Engineer, Uganda
  8. Daniella Akellot - Research Coordinator, Uganda
  9. Zainab Choudhery - Biomedical Engineering Student, USA
  10. Jimmy Togura - Biomedical Engineering Student, Uganda


  1. Panteli M, Giannoudis PV. Chronic osteomyelitis: what the surgeon needs to know. EFORT Open Rev. 2017;1(5):128-135. Published 2017 Mar 13. doi:10.1302/2058-5241.1.000017