A pathway to provide affordable prosthetics

About the project

The Royal British Legion Centre for Blast Injury Studies (CBIS) at Imperial College London, with financial support from Find A Better Way, delivered a training course to 13 orthopaedic and trauma surgeons from landmine affected countries. Delegates were trained in the latest amputation and knee salvaging techniques, drawing on surgical advancements made during the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. Professor Bull, CBIS Director said: “The trauma sustained by patients with blast injuries are usually complex and often affect the skin, nervous system, muscle and bone. We now know so much more about how to rapidly treat patients including more extensive tissue salvage, and how to make the rehabilitation process more effective. This course is our way of transferring information to surgeons working in countries that are dealing with the legacy of conflict.”

Following their initial period of research and first concept development, the team from Imperial College London arrived in Phnom Penh on 17 September to begin a three week period of observation and development with the Cambodian School of Prosthetics and Orthotics (CSPO).

Researchers have visited patients in their own home to better understand their requirements, researched the building and assembly of the existing International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) prosthesis, and visited other centres outside of the main school in Phnom Penh to understand how conditions vary around the country. The trip has been a great learning curve and will provide some real focus for the direction of the project at Imperial College London.

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