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During total knee arthroplasty, there is a need to reduce the amount of time spent changing the battery of the saw used to cut the femur and tibia.

  • Year 2012
  • Location China
  • Themes Instrument FunctionalityMinimally Invasive SurgeryProcedural Improvement

In the operating rooms, there is a need to reduce the interference of the overhead lights with surgeon and nurse mobility.

  • Year 2012
  • Location China
  • Themes Ergonomics and SafetyGeneral Surgery

During the laparoscopic gastrectomies, there is a need for a better method of controlling the end of the gastric tube so that it can be inserted into the esophagus with fewer attempts.

  • Year 2012
  • Location China
  • Themes Instrument FunctionalityMinimally Invasive SurgeryPatient ComfortProcedural Improvement

For some complicated surgeries, there is a need to keep all surgical instruments within an easily reachable distance of the scrub nurse at his/her side table.

  • Year 2012
  • Location China
  • Themes Ergonomics and SafetyGeneral SurgeryProcedural Improvement

During repair of tibia fracture with an IM nail, there is a need for better way to ream out the tibial diaphysis that does not require the surgeon to strain by reaching up high.

  • Year 2012
  • Location China
  • Themes Ergonomics and SafetyMinimally Invasive SurgeryProcedural Improvement

There is a need for a fabric that absorbs blood and is able to be cut into smaller pieces without fraying and leaving pieces inside of the body or wound..

  • Year 2012
  • Location China
  • Themes GeneralInstrument FunctionalityPatient Outcome

During VATS, there is a need to reduce the visual obstruction of the surgical site caused by holding instruments in the line of sight.

  • Year 2012
  • Location China
  • Themes Minimally Invasive SurgeryOperation VisibilityProcedural Improvement

During laparoscopic procedures, there is a need for the surgeon to more easily distinguish between the location of the tools and the internal tissue in order to increase his awareness of the tool’s position.

  • Year 2012
  • Location China
  • Themes Minimally Invasive SurgeryOperation VisibilityProcedural Improvement

During open abdominal and thoracic surgeries, there is a need for a better method of sealing and attaching internal tissues that does not require the surgeon to stick their hand down into the abdominal cavity.

  • Year 2012
  • Location China
  • Themes General SurgeryProcedural Improvement

There is a need to reduce the electric interference to the monitoring equipment when using electrocauteries in order to maintain accurate monitoring of patient vitals.

  • Year 2012
  • Location China
  • Themes General SurgeryInstrument FunctionalityProcedural Improvement

During long surgeries, there is a need to improve the surgeons’ alertness in order to reduce human error during operation.

  • Year 2012
  • Location China
  • Themes Ergonomics and SafetyGeneral SurgeryProcedural Improvement

During the lumbar posterior decompression and internal fixation surgery, there is a need to help the surgeons align screws more accurately.

  • Year 2012
  • Location China
  • Themes Minimally Invasive SurgeryPatient OutcomeProcedural Improvement

Being able to live and work alongside Kenyans was an opportunity that words can’t even begin to describe.

Neil Gupta, 2016 GHDI Academic Program Participant in Kenya

What to Know About The Global Health Design Initiative

Program History

Program History

GHDI has been working with stakeholders for more than eight years to identify and address global health design challenges. Learn more about our history and core values.

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Project Outcomes

Since inception, we have worked on projects in maternal health, family planning, minimally invasive surgery, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and more. Explore our past and current projects.

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