Trauma is a serious problem in the developing countries of the world.       
  • Millions of severe trauma traffic crashes occur annually in developing countries

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     (80% of all accidents that cause severe injuries worldwide).  The accidents result from roads with a chaotic mix of trucks, motor scooters, motorcycles, cars, bikes, animals and foot traffic.  Many of the victims are indigent and most are the main breadwinners or caregivers of young families.  Without treatment, impoverished families experience hardship and often the breakup of the family -- and more street kids can easily be next!
  • The severe trauma includes multiple fractures of the legs and arms that will not heal -- even with external casting for months – or even years -- in traction.
  • Fractures of the the body's long bones are often best treated with the insertion of an “intramedullary nail” into the central cavity of the bone to hold the bone segments in alignment while they heal. Except for the SIGN Fracture Care International "nail" (which is given free to indigent recipients) implants available in developed countries are very expensive and require the use of real-time imaging equipment that hospitals in developing countries rarely have.
  • Broken bones in the US are generally less severe and can be treated by cast or splint. But in the developing world, many fractures are broken into multiple pieces which require surgical intervention to heal properly. When these types of fractures occur in the US, patients generally receive immediate surgical treatment with an orthopaedic implant. However, traction and casting are often the only options in the developing world, leaving the patient at risk of a lifelong disability. 

Making things better.                                                                    
SIGN (The Surgical Implant Generation Network) Fracture Care International has addressed the problem by developing and manufacturing a high quality implant system (an intramedulary "nail" & screws to fix it rigidly in place in the central core of shattered long bones) that can be placed in a leg or arm fracture using SIGN Fracture Care International’s specially-designed mechanical instruments and tools.  SIGN Fracture Care International's innovative design requires no real-time imaging equipment -- a revolutionary procedure that has attracted the notice and praise of the world's most prestigious medical educators.  SIGN trains surgeons in developing countries and supplies the implants and tools free of charge as long as hospitals maintain acceptable infection control and report their results into SIGN 
Fracture Care International's (now world's largest) orthopaedic surgery database.

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