New Fracture System to Treat Soldiers with Battlefield Injuries

23 November 2009 (Last Updated November 23rd, 2009 18:30)

Smith & Nephew Orthopedics Division said it will develop a fracture fixation system in collaboration with the US Department of Defense (DoD) to treat limbs of soldiers who sustain battlefield injuries. Smith & Nephew will create and develop 'fracture putty', a new material that

Smith & Nephew Orthopedics Division said it will develop a fracture fixation system in collaboration with the US Department of Defense (DoD) to treat limbs of soldiers who sustain battlefield injuries.

Smith & Nephew will create and develop 'fracture putty', a new material that is expected to enhance the healing of soldiers that suffer traumatic wounds on the battlefield.

The fracture putty system is intended to provide substantial support to the injured limb early in the body's natural healing process, reducing the risk of further complications.

The putty will then dissolve over time, leaving natural healthy bone in its place.

The DoD's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) programme manager Mitchell Zakin said that if all technical challenges are met, this innovative technology would provide superior clinical outcomes for patients.

"Fracture putty represents the ultimate convergence of orthopaedic material science and mechanics, and has the potential to revolutionise the way patients are treated," he said.

The company is expecting to apply this technology to the treatment of other kinds of bone fractures in both military and civilian trauma care.