Version One Prototype Ships to Uganda

The Engineers in Scrubs screw cutter team sent their first prototype to Mulago Hospital, Uganda last May with the Uganda Sustainable Trauma Orthopaedic(USTOP) trip. The device was sent for a preliminary assessment with our preliminary stakeholders. Many of the staff deemed it to be a “good piece of engineering” and immediately understood its tremendous value. However, they requested that it be:

Smaller to allow easier portability

Lighter so it could be carried over a large distance

Ability to cut more screws of different diameters

The feedback received has been incorporated into the next version of the screw cutter. We hope to share it with you soon!

About The Screw Cutter Project

Our device can help surgeons create custom screws to treat injuries when vital surgical screws are unavailable. An NSERC-funded initiative, the Screw Cutter Project is a collaborative effort between UBC biomedical engineering and a team of orthopaedic trauma surgeons at Vancouver General Hospital.