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Fracture prevention on elderly patients by multi-element fracture treatment and post-treatment

Fracture prevention multi-element strategy for treatment, and post-treatment prevention of fractures in elderly patient population

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What challenges or opportunities are you trying to address within the problem? (200 characters or less)

The idea is a multi-element treatment and post-treatment strategy for fracture prevention in elderly patient population after a fracture has appeared and patients are in treatment.

Multi-element strategy for fracture preventure in elderly patients

The idea is to adopt and adapt concepts that are already exist in dealing with fracture treatment and post-treatment prevention in elderly population

The process should start with a thorough and fast diagnostic of the nature of the fracture by means of fast 3D imaging.  Second, a device should be manufactured using 3D printing.  If there is the need of a cast, this should be replaced with a brace or exoskeleton customized for the patient and the nature of their fracture and rehabilitation.  If an implant is needed, then the bioresorbabe and drug eluting material part should be used.  For a complete medication schedule compliance, the device itself should elute medication or a transdermal drug delivery patch should be used.

Using this combination of technologies will allow for a fast, affordable, and comfortable recovery and ensure prevention of future fractures.

Who is your target end user and why will they be interested? (650 characters or less)

The target end user is patients in elderly populations that suffer fractures and require medical intervention. By improving the manufacturing of personalized and customized comfortable braces/exoskeleton and bioabsorbing and medication eluting implants. Patiens will have a more comfortable experience, comply with medication and nutrition scheduling and be more comfortable if compared what they go through with standard procedures with casts that take long to be made and are not easy to clean or if implants are used, they are made of steel and are extremely painful.

How is your idea scaleable? (650 characters or less)

The idea is to integrate technologies that already exist into a solution for fractures. First, fast 3D imaging to see the nature of the fracture and treatment. Second, 3D printing of devices that have an integrated drug delivery element that helps preventing future fractures on the same site. Third, making the recovery comfortable for the patient by having customized parts and ensuring ma medication/nutrition schedule is enforced without them worrying about taking medications or nutritional supplements. Scaling up the process will require fast imaging, fast 3D printing, careful material selection, drug delivery component design and manufacturing and in the end, this process seems better than what happens currently where there is a slow imaging, casting that takes several hours to make and dry and is not easy to clean and is uncomfortabe for patients and they must take medications.

What do/will you measure to know if your solution worked? (500 characters or less)

The measures of success should be: number of patients treated, time it takes to perform 3D imaging, printing of their devices, health care providers using those devices to treat patient fracture, making sure drug delivery elements work and deliver medication/nutrient schedule, keep track of capital and operating costs, and the most important one feedback from patients and health care providers. In the ideal case, imaging, printing, medication/nutrient solutions preparations and loadings onto devices should be automated and health care providers should find it easy to work with such devices and patients should be treated fast and the devices should not cause extreme discomfort. Healing takes a long time for fractures and the device themselves should not be a burden to patients as it happens with steel implants that have to be removed or casts that are not easy to clean and are not ventilated

What is the current stage of development of your idea?

  • Prototype: We have done some small tests or experiments with prospective users to continue developing the idea.

If you were to become a Top Idea, would you want to actively participate in piloting your idea?

  • I want my idea piloted, and I prefer to do my own piloting in collaboration with the health system and with assistance from the Challenge partner

Company / Organization Name, if applicable (140 characters or less)

Not a name at this time

Website (if applicable)


Tell us about yourself or your team (500 characters or less)

Team: author. Engineer with experience in processing of novel technologies and polymeric materials, medical devices and new technologies

Location (50 characters)

USA. Massachusetts.

What is your legal / organizational structure?

  • We are individuals

Innovator/Organizational Characteristics

  • Designer from US minority designation

How did you hear about the Challenge?

  • OpenIDEO announcement email

Why are you participating in this Challenge?

Got curious about this challenge. There is a need to treat fractures and current treatments are not as efficient as they could be because they are slow, do not take patient comfort into consideration, making casts and implanting steel screws for example is difficult, not easy to clean, uncomfortable for patient and in the case of steel implants requires a second surgery to remove them once the fracture has healed, leaving them in site causes discomfort and risks of infections.


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Hi Alden Contreras 
Thank you for being a part of the Ideas Phase of the Healthy Bones Challenge.
Your prototypes look interesting.
Please make any last minute tweaks you wish to, asap. Like adding images or changes in text.
The DEADLINE for idea submission is Wednesday July 3rd, 2019 5pm PST.

A CHECKLIST to guide you is here:
Please make sure your idea does the following:
1) Clearly define the problem
2) Connects to at least one opportunity area
3) States how & when user accesses the solution
4) Tells the story

Let me know if you need anything.
All the best for the next phase of the challenge.

OpenIDEO Challenge Team

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