Title Osteosynthesis for Surgical Management of Fractures for Orthopedic Surgeons and Biomedical Engineers
Project Number 2013-1-BG1-LEO05-08711
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
The OSTEOform represents an e-learning platform with training courses specialized in the field of bone fractures and osteosynthesis, as well as permanent access to practical modules that allow trainees to improve their knowledge. This initiative is focused on long bones fracture, and their diagnosis and treatment, including implants used in their restoration. OSTEOform also supports a database of anonymous cases that is continously updated with presurgical and postsurgical patient information.
The training contents covers different thematic areas like biomechanics, biology and medicine. These contents explain important aspects of the fracture mechanisms, the healing process, and the surgical techniques used to treat fractures throughout osteosynthesis implants.
Osteoporosis is the most common cause of fractures, due to bone mass reduction and increased bone fragility. A significant increase of fracture cases is expected in the coming years as a result of population aging and increased life expectancy. The incidence of lower limb fractures in traffic accidents is 90000 cases a year, of which 75% require surgical treatment. In 2008 fixation devices were used in approximately 420000 surgeries in Europe, associated with costs of more than 4,8 billion euro. A significant portion of these costs depends on re-interventions that are necessary to address failures of surgical techniques, usually caused by errors in the diagnosis of the fracture, in the selection of implants or preoperative planning. The increasing demand coupled with the large number of failures of surgeries determines the needs of better trained professionals able to address the growing demand in the field.
To respond effectively to these increasingly stringent demands it is essential that surgeons, biomedical engineers and residents can count on one hand on the latest knowledge in the art of biomechanics and application of implants and on another hand to upgrade their education with the objective to refine and adapt surgical techniques.
- Identifying and analysing the needs of biomedical labour market, of biomedical engineers, orthopaedic surgeons, managers, residents in the sector.
- Selecting and analysing the e-learning innovative content to meet these needs and upgrade the content with the new developments in the sector.
- Adapting, upgrading and implementing the Osteoform e-learning materials to the legal framework, training system, and language in Bulgaria and Greece and to the needs of the target groups in all partner countries.
This project is aimed at adapting and integrating innovative training courses and results from previous Leonardo da Vinci project into continuing VET of medicine professionals (residents, surgeons) and
professionals involved in implants development and manufacturing to respond to the identified needs.
The new courses allow medical students and residents to update and expand their knowledge of the biomechanics of fractures and fixation techniques, and engineering students to acquire knowledge that will result in improved design implants.
Each country has its own regulations, training practices and certification rules and this project addresses the specific needs in the target country for the transfer of innovation. At the same time, the European collaboration helps to share experiences and best practices in osteosynthesis and can help the EU to harmonize the training of professionals and to progress towards some qualification standards.
Utilization and distribution of results
Open and distance learning
Human Health and Social Work Activities
material for open learning
open and distance learning
The OSTEOform system offers:
- Specialized training courses
- A database of anonymized clinical cases.
- A virtual community of skilled professionals (discussion boards, chats, faqs, blogs, etc).
- Usage of the simulation services with generic implants.
- A tool to practice bone fracture analysis