The use of 3D technology makes it possible for the best experts to remotely design upper limb prostheses and compression orthoses using digital impressions of face and neck burns of patients treated by MSF in Jordan, Haiti, and Gaza. The 3D program provides access to this quality care and to allows for prolonged monitoring to ensure that it is well adapted and well accepted.
Status of the project
- Problem analysis
The identified Gap
In the areas of MSF interventions, in contexts where there are many amputations and serious burns due to conflicts and precarious living conditions, equipment is rare or even non-existent. This follow-up care requires technical support and is very different from first aid care. It remains very scarce even though it is essential in the recovery of patients. Indeed, in the continuity of medical care, it is essential to reduce the disability and to tackle post-traumatic complications (pain, loss of mobility, aesthetic sequelae), to allow patients to regain autonomy, the functionality of their members, a role in society or even to return to work.
Problem analysis and the MSF Foundation’s response
The MSF Foundation uses 3D technology to try to overcome the problem of access to equipment in the field. It now makes it possible to equip patients with upper limb prostheses and compression orthoses for face and neck burns in countries where this was not possible until now.
Since 2016, The MSF Foundation has used 3D technology on MSF sites to try, first of all, to overcome the problem of access to prostheses in our fields of intervention. This is a major issue for amputees to regain their physical integrity and autonomy.
The Amman project team in Jordan has proven since June 2017 that 3D printing of prostheses is a tool that can be deployed in the field. It is accessible and adaptable to the individual needs of patients and inexpensive compared to the conventional manufacturing method. Building on this success, the project then extended to the design of compressive face masks for severe burn victims, in Amman since 2018 but also in Haiti in 2019 and in 2020 in Gaza. Facial burns can lead, months after the accident, to very serious sequelae if they are not treated with compression masks and extensive monitoring of the patient. Here again, 3D technology, the scanner in particular, allows us to overcome the main barrier to access: a lack of rehabilitation professionals qualified for the masks’ complex realization.
This method allows us early and more comfortable care than the conventional method. Taking digital impressions allows for precise and remote modeling on computer thanks to telemedicine. The MSF Foundation has also been called upon as part of this program by the MSF Emergency Unit to support the care of burn patients during conflicts (Armenia in 2021), natural disasters (Haiti in 2021), and accidental explosions (Haiti in 2021).
Armenia : taking care of burn victims
How does it work?
3D programm in pictures
What were the main stages of the program?
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