(2013 ESP Award Nominee) The Sonicision cordless ultrasonic dissection device from Covidien is a hand-held, battery-powered surgical instrument. The unique cordless design and simplified set-up of the Sonicision system allow for more freedom of movement and better efficiency in the operating room.
Scientists have developed an "intelligent knife" that can tell surgeons immediately whether the tissue they are cutting is cancerous or not. In the first study to test the invention in the operating theatre, the "iKnife" diagnosed tissue samples from 91 patients with 100 percent accuracy, instantly providing information that normally takes up to half an hour to reveal using laboratory tests.
(2013 ESP Award Nominee) Medline Industries, Inc. introduces The Switch Safety Scalpel. Previous safety scalpels couldn’t match the feel and usability of the traditional #3. But The Switch is designed to feel, weigh, and act like your regular #3. It’s reusable, like the #3, weighs within 2 grams of the #3, and fits any standard scalpel blade in the market.
According to a recent survey, the average annual surgical spend at the facility of a Surgical Products reader will be about $175,000 this year. About 19 percent of respondents stated that their facility spends in excess of $250,000, and almost half (46 percent) indicated their facility will spend about the same amount as they have previously on instrumentation over the next 12 to 18 months.
Symmetry Medical Inc. has launched twelve new line enhancements to the BOOKWALTER Retractor System through its hospital direct surgical instrumentation division, Symmetry Surgical. These product enhancements reduce the overall tray weight of a complete BOOKWALTER table mounted retractor system while providing increased usability.
Aesculap offers over 100 patterns of monopolar enabled handheld laparoscopic instruments. The Sovereign monopolar line of reusable scissors, forceps, graspers, and dissectors are designed to meet both the high performance expectations of surgeons and today’s rigorous reprocessing environment.
CareFusion introduced a 3mm version of its Snowden-Pencer pretzel-shaped laparoscopic retractors. The 3mm shaft enables even smaller incisions and is designed to promote faster recovery time, minimize scarring through smaller incisions, and reduce post-operative pain and trauma for the patient.
The REVIVE SE device is a self-expanding nitinol basket that is designed to ease navigation through small and tortuous blood vessels and arteries in the cerebral vasculature, and enable rapid restoration of blood flow to the brain during an acute ischemic stroke.
All surgeons do that move: keeping an instrument in half a hand while doing something else, then regaining full use of it. Still, mundane as it is, that “third eye” part of my brain notices and likes that I can do it. It’s part of that little voice that constantly reminds me, whispers in amazement, that I’m here doing this stuff.
(2013 ESP Award Nominee) Adjustable Stringers from Healthmark Industries save time and improve overall efficiency during instrument reprocessing. When adjusted to its maximum open position, the Adjustable Stringer exposes instruments to optimal cleaning in the instrument washer, and then can be adjusted to the width suitable for placement in a sterilization tray.
(2013 ESP Award Nominee) EndoChoice’s Fuse endoscope system is a proprietary arrangement of three small cameras on a flexible GI endoscope. By using three cameras, the Fuse system allows doctors to see nearly twice as much surface area as they can with traditional endoscopes that only use one camera.
Reduce costs in laparoscopic appendectomies with Aesculap’s DS Ligation Clip System. The DS Ligation Clip provides a cost-effective solution, without compromising on security, for laparoscopic appendectomies. This is made possible by providing up to a 75 percent per procedure cost savings compared to endomechanical staplers and an innovative “double clip” design that acts like a fenestrated grasper for a firm hold on tissue.
Aspen Surgical announces the launch of its Bard-Parker Hands-Free Transfer Tray. The transfer tray provides surgeons and operating room staff with a method for organizing and passing surgical instruments safely and effectively.
Healthmark Industries announces the Valvesafe, a new product to help keep endoscope valves and other detachable parts with the proper endoscope throughout reprocessing. The Valvesafe locks onto the endoscope without concealing any part of the scope and is able to hold a maximum of four valves at once.
Olympus announced the commercial availability of its 510(k) cleared BF-190 bronchoscopes. The new BF-190 bronchoscopes offer unparalleled maneuverability and flexibility through the combination of their unique Rotary Function and wider tip angulation, which will potentially allow physicians to access areas of the lung that may not be easily reached with current generation bronchoscopes.
Aesculap, Inc. is pleased to announce the availability of the MINOP Invent, which pushes the boundaries of neurosurgical techniques in offering a solution for bi-manual resection of solid tumors and cysts. MINOP InVent is designed to offer more for patients through less invasive techniques.
Packing unprecedented versatility into a single endoscopic video system, Richard Wolf Medical Instruments Corp. introduces the Endocam Logic HD, equipped with three interchangeable, high-definition camera heads that plug in to a single control unit to perform a multitude of procedures.
Healthmark Industries announces an instrument tray specially designed for long rigid scopes and other delicate instruments. Manufactured of lightweight by durable polypropylene, this tray is compatible with steam, EO, and gasplasma sterilization.
Advanced Medical Innovations offers its line of Mayo and Metzenbaum Miracle Scissors. A cam mechanism has been incorporated to make sure the scissors’ jaws are always together and will cut consistently every time without splaying.
By using swarms of untethered grippers, each as small as a speck of dust, Johns Hopkins engineers and physicians say they have devised a new way to perform biopsies that could provide a more effective way to access narrow conduits in the body as well as find early signs of cancer or other diseases.
The Olympus Articulating HD 3D Laparoscopic Surgical Video System delivers value to surgeons and patients by reducing surgical errors and improving the speed, accuracy, and precision of surgical tasks such as dissection, grasping and suturing when compared with traditional 2D surgical systems.
Microline Surgical, Inc. launched an enhanced version of its MiSeal Reposable Thermal Ligating System. MiSeal is the first and only reposable device that simultaneously seals and divides soft tissue using direct thermal energy, offering surgeons the ability to achieve exceptional patient outcomes at a considerable cost advantage.
Brasseler USA Surgical Power & Accessories introduces its new universal large bone saw blade design that allows current customers who have Stryker System 7, 6, 5, 4 and 2000 to stock one inventory of compatible replacement saw blades at factory direct prices, without sacrificing quality.
Buffalo Filter’s PlumePen electrosurgical pencil features a sleek compact design that combines precision surgical smoke plume management with electrosurgery in one device. Featuring Flexible Plume Capture (FPC) TechnologyTM, the extendable/retractable capture port lets surgeons customize the placement of the smoke evacuation inlet for optimum visibility.
Millennium Surgical has announced an extensive offering of US and German made retractors for use in spine surgery. Cloward-style blade retractors for use in cervical procedures are offered in three styles, with long angled lip, short angled lip, and without lip.