Today 5 billion people around the world do not have access to safe surgery. Common surgical pathologies account for over 30% of worldwide mortality, and the world is already facing a global shortage of millions of surgical healthcare providers. Healthcare systems everywhere are under severe pressure to produce a highly trained surgical workforce to provide high-quality care for an ever-expanding population.
Facts on global surgery
- 313 million operations are carried out worldwide each year.
- Just one in 20 operations occurs in the poorest countries, where over a third of the world’s population lives.
- There is a global shortfall of at least 143 million surgical procedures every year.
Numbers of trained surgical specialists per 100,000 people
- UK: 35
- US: 36
- Brazil 35
- Japan 17
- South Africa: 7
- Bangladesh 1.7
- Sierra Leone (before Ebola): 0.1
Perhaps it’s more than an economic problem. When you’re a child you already take on a subconscious expectation of what you might become when you get older. The idea of becoming a surgeon can seem very farfetched when in all reality it’s very realistic. Touch Surgery see the problem lie in the lack of exposure to the OR, therefore, have made it their mission to build a platform that empowers & connects the global surgical community.
How we are helping
Using a proprietary data analytics engine, Touch Surgery is now working together with leading medical institutions from around the world to improve surgical training and dissemination of best surgical practice. Full endorsement from bodies including the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh further supports the company vision to change surgery for the better. Recently Touch Surgery has reported results from the first series of research studies, showing the academic validity of the platform for training, and demonstrating the transfer of cognitive skills from a digital platform to an operative environment.
Working together with surgical training institutions, Touch Surgery provides a fully mobile surgical training platform complete with cognitive surgical simulations, that provides state-of-the-art analytics to hospitals, allowing for personalized and real-time feedback to surgeons.
Calling all Surgeons!
You should feel a great sense of responsibility in sharing your story on a large platform so best surgical practice can be discussed informing countries with less surgical resources and the next generation (allowing for better decision making). Let’s produce more surgeons than ever before and equality in global surgical expertise. Wealth in knowledge, there needs to be no hidden information, let’s share our knowledge as surgeons and put a stop to the millions of people dying from treatable conditions.