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Basics of Open Fractures

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October 8, 2024

Congress for European Surgery

Provided by Congress for European Surgery

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Basics of Open Fractures Course

A practical course that teaches universal treatment principles of open fractures​
The global burden of disease caused by injury is greater than that of malaria, TB and HIV combined. (Open) Fractures are most often caused by road traffic accidents, accounting for a large number of injury related deaths and disabilities. Unfortunately access to safe and affordable surgical fracture care is lacking in the places where people need it most.
''We will teach and train towards: One world, One standard of Open Fracture Care''
For who

A Basics of Open Fractures course for healthcare workers

Medical doctors and specialists (in training) but, depending on the setting the course can be adapted for specialized nurses or clinical officers that need to treat open fractures. Open fracture care requires teamwork and a focus on both bones and soft tissues. The aim is to exchange knowledge and to encourage participants to share the knowledge in their own hospitals.
What you will learn

Learn the basics of open fracture treatment

This course looks at open fracture care from a global perspective – the basics of the treatment of open fractures are the same, wherever you are. The course provides various treatment options based on the resource setting that you are in. All options result in the same global standard of care.
Epidemiology & cultural impact of open fractures
Principles of bone healing & Initial management of open fractures
Conservative fracture management
Skills lab POP
Surgical fracture management
Skills lab external fixator
Soft tissue management
Fracture related infections & osteomyelitis
Interactive case discussions throughout the course
This course features more than 30 case examples, including patient stories from Tanzania, the Netherlands, Sierra Leone and Bangladesh.
Your teachers

Learn from specialists in open fractures

Open fracture care experts from around the world – including medical doctors, plastic-, trauma- and orthopaedic surgeons, from both high and low resource settings, collaboratively developed this course.

The course instructor team consist of a similar group of local and international experts. Emphasis is placed on the empowerment of the local team, thereby making this course sustainable. All instructors are selected by local authorities or organizations.

To make sure the Basics of Open Fractures Course meets your needs, we tested the course material in various local settings around the world:
Haydom Lutheran Hospital, Haydom, Tanzania
Kiruddu Hospital, Kampala, Uganda
Shirati KMT Hospital, Shirati, Tanzania
Masanga Hospital, Masanga, Sierra Leone
Amsterdam Skills Centre, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Practical information

Course details

The course is held locally and includes presentations, skills labs, interactive case discussions, exams and an evaluation, all supported by an online learning platform
For hospitals and health care workers seeking to improve open fracture care
A 2-day program
In English (please contact us for translations)
Best suited for a group of 15-30 participants
We can customize the course to fit your local setting and resources


The cost of the course will be adapted to different settings in collaboration with the local course providers. Please contact us at info@globalsurgeryamsterdam.com for more information.

A sustainable and customizable training model

We collaborate with organizations, such as Interplast, Doctors of the World, Friendship, and CapaCare  to move from the short-term surgical mission model to a more sustainable model focused on knowledge exchange. This saves money, human resources, and reduces the carbon footprint.

Local organizations such as Haydom Lutheran Hospotal, Kiruddu Hospital, and Masanga Hospital can be empowered to take ownership in providing high quality trainings for healthcare workers in their cachement areas.

National surgical societies worldwide can embed the course in new and existing training programs and provide an effective and inexpensive element for Continuous Medical Education (the ATLS course is an example of this).

One world one standard of care

Our courses provide a standardized way to teach health care workers the basics of surgical care, applicable in every setting.

We focus on the basics because the more experienced you become in your career, the better you will understand that those who correctly apply the basic treatment principles are the best surgeons.

If you are interested to collaborate with us and to explore options to organise a course in you own setting, please contact us at: