Global News profiles how the Screw Cutter Team is making an impact half way around the world
On Monday May 25th Global News featured the Screw Cutter Team's contributions to operating rooms in Uganda.
UBC Engineers in Scrubs at the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility have invented a simple, ingenious solution to solve this very problem and to ensure there is an abundant supply of screws of every size in every operating room in every developing country.
Enter the Screw Cutter. At first glance it looks like a long arm stapler but its function has the potential to revolutionize orthopaedic surgeries all over the world.
The Screw Cutter turns a tray of randomly sized screws into the precise sized screw needed for the patients’ body. It finishes a screw with a tip that gives the screw traction, enabling it to be screwed into the bone easier, alleviating pain for the patient and making it easier for the surgeon to complete the surgery with accuracy and ease.
It doesn’t require electricity, it’s not labour intensive, it’s simple to use, it doesn’t required an intensive cleaning process, it doesn’t take up much valuable space in the operating room.