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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 48-52

Improvisation of surgical equipment in the surgical services of a developing country

1 Department of Surgery, Federal Medical Centre, Keffi, Nigeria
2 Department of Surgery, Jos University Teaching Hospital, Jos, Nigeria

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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/1595-1103.194217

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Background: The perennial scarcity of surgical equipment in Nigeria has given room for improvisation of such items using locally available materials. Aim: This publication aims to appraise the ingenious methods employed by surgeons to overcome their challenges in clinical practice. Methods: An in-depth research into relevant literature about the functionality of various surgical devices was carried out using selected texts and relevant articles. Results: Many surgeons have come up with various techniques to make do with local resources in overcoming the limitations imposed by scarcity of certain equipment/device. Conclusion: Surgical practitioners in resource-limited regions have been able to surmount the challenges of scarcity of required items using different methods and materials from the local environment.

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