Treating natural disaster victims is dealing with shortages: An orthopaedics perspective.

Punto Dewo, Rahadyan Magetsari, Henk J. Busscher, Jim R. van Horn, Gijsbertus Jacob Verkerke

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During natural disasters such as earthquakes or tsunamis, most of the casualties are known to suffer from musculoskeletal injuries. This leads to an enormous need of orthopaedic (surgical) implants such as osteosynthesis plates, which are difficult to provide in developing countries that rely on imported ones. One of the alternatives is utilization of local resources, but only after they have been proven safe to use, and meet the international standards set. Through this paper we would like to urge the international community to include locally produced biomedical products, like osteosynthesis plates in their scientific evaluations and communications. When the quality of local products is proven, the reluctance to use local products also by surgeons from developing countries will disappear and larger scale production can be initiated. This in its turn solves many problems that come after natural disasters and stimulates the national economy in an efficient and effective way.
Original languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)255-259
Number of pages5
JournalTechnology and health care
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2008


  • IR-97436
  • METIS-249918

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