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3D Printing and Bio-Based Materials in Global Health

An Interventional Approach to the Global Burden of Surgical Disease in Low-and Middle-Income Countries

Authors: Bhatia, Sujata K., Ramadurai, Krish

  • Examines the novel use of locally sourced, sustainable, bio-based plastic materials and 3D printing platforms to fabricate low-cost medical devices
    Explains the impacts of 3D printers and medical devices in enhancing social, economic, and public health dynamics in developing countries
    Provides a novel, feasible, comprehensive, and translational approach to addressing healthcare disparities in developing countries

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About this book

This book examines the potential to deploy low-cost, three-dimensional printers known as RepRaps in developing countries to fabricate surgical instruments and medical supplies to combat the “global surgical burden of disease.” Approximately two billion people in developing countries around the world lack access to essential surgical services, resulting in the avoidable deaths of millions of individuals each year. A fundamental barrier that inhibits access to surgical care in these locations is the lack of basic surgical instruments and supplies in healthcare facilities. RepRap printers are highly versatile 3D printers assembled from basic, domestically sourced materials that can fabricate low-cost surgical instruments on-site, ultimately enhancing the interventional capacity of healthcare facilities to treat patients.
Rather than focusing on one specific field of interest, this book takes an integrative approach that incorporates topics and methods from multiple disciplines ranging from global health and development economics to materials science and applied engineering. These topics include the feasibility of using bio-based plastics to fabricate surgical instruments via 3D printing sustainably, the application of "frugal innovation and engineering” in resource-poor settings, and analyses related to the social returns on investment, barriers to entry, and current and future medical device supply-chain paradigms. In taking a multi-disciplinary approach, the reader can gain a holistic understanding of the multiple facets related to implementing medical device innovations in developing countries.

Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • The Current Global Surgical Care Paradigm: An Introduction

    Bhatia, Sujata K. (et al.)

    Pages 1-20

  • 3-Dimensional Printing and Rapid Device Prototyping

    Bhatia, Sujata K. (et al.)

    Pages 21-38

  • 3-Dimensional Device Fabrication: A Bio-Based Materials Approach

    Bhatia, Sujata K. (et al.)

    Pages 39-61

  • 3-Dimensional Printing of Medical Devices and Supplies

    Bhatia, Sujata K. (et al.)

    Pages 63-93

  • 3-Dimensional Printing: Interventional Capacities in the Global Health Arena

    Bhatia, Sujata K. (et al.)

    Pages 95-115

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eBook $39.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-58277-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $54.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-58276-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
3D Printing and Bio-Based Materials in Global Health
Book Subtitle
An Interventional Approach to the Global Burden of Surgical Disease in Low-and Middle-Income Countries
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Materials
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-58277-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-58277-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-58276-4
Series ISSN
2192-1091
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 115
Number of Illustrations and Tables
9 b/w illustrations, 75 illustrations in colour
Topics