New surgical products instrumental to enhancing OR experience

by Valerie J. Dimond

s long as the demand for more com- plex surgical procedures continues to grow alongside emerging research, medical device manufacturers will continue to develop the products that surgeons need to perform them.


“New products and innovations are being developed all the time and facilities and their healthcare workers have a responsibility to as- sess these new technologies and techniques,” said Pam Werner, MBA, BSN, RN, CNOR, Sr. Clinical Consultant, Ansell. “They need to ask suppliers what is new and how it will be of value in their facility.” Traditional devices are also get-

ting redesigned or upgraded to satisfy surgery’s changing needs. Surgeons can expect to find en- hanced safety features, improved ergonomics, better precision, computer-assisted features, visual technology, robotic aides and more. Here’s a brief roundup of some of the latest products surgeons of vari- ous specialties are using in the OR.

Cutting edge blades Marilyn Norrie, Ansell’s Senior Specialist for Brand/Product Mar- keting, says Ansell’s SANDEL branded prod- ucts offer clinicians a variety of sharps safety devices that are designed to improve compli- ance among end-users. “Many healthcare facilities have embraced innovations in sharps safety and seen reductions in sharps injuries as a result,” said Norrie. “Facilities with high levels of engagement in sharps safety across the healthcare team tend to see improvements in sharps injury rates.” Werner described one of the products: ”CHANGE-A-BLADE Safety Scalpel Handle is a disposable safety scalpel handle designed to accept any manufacturer’s stainless steel or carbon blades. The blade can be changed at any time during the procedure. CHANGE- A-BLADE is weighted to mimic a traditional scalpel. It offers full visibility for the surgeon to

MYCO Medical’s new

Technocut Brand Premium Surgical Blade Line

see what is being cut and is available in different sizes.”

MYCO Medical’s new Technocut Brand Premium Surgical Blade Line, launched in September, is de- signed to give surgeons what they want: super-sharp, durable blades with lasting edges, smooth tissue in- cision capability and reduced drag. “The Technocut Brand Premium

Surgical Blade line is produced using a premium grade of steel and

Millenium Surgical’s lumbar and cervical spine sets

the cutting edge undergoes a proprietary process that reduces friction,” said Sam Kumar, President, CEO. “This may result in fewer blades being required dur- ing a procedure, which may reduce the risk asso- ciated with blade change- outs during a procedure.” Kumar added that the blades are “typically 25 percent to 35 percent lower [in cost] than the leading national brand, making them a tremendous value.”

CHANGE-A-BLADE Safety Scalpel from Ansell Sandel

Tapped for spinal surgery Millennium Surgical’s new lumbar and cervi- cal spine sets were launched late last year and serve as a cost-effective alter- native to replacing parts or purchasing new sets. “Replacing existing Shadow-Line and TrimLine sets and individual parts is cost-prohibitive for many facilities,” said Mil- lennium President Robert Edelstein. “We offer complete and scaled-down sets, along with blades and components that are compatible with both systems at hundreds of dollars less. And we can help facilities further reduce costs by accepting existing sets as trade-in.” Unlike traditional blades, Edelstein said Millennium blades are manufactured with aircraft-grade 60/61 aluminum, with align- ment grooves in the blade posts to support proper locking of the retractor frames and handles and lessen the chance of accidental blade release. “Some traditional frames feature a locking button on the top of the retractor arm, which can easily be bumped by Kerrisons or other instruments. The Quick Release Handles feature a thumb release, eliminating torque-


ing when unscrewing a blade,” Edelstein explained, adding that traditional replacement parts and handles are still available for those who prefer them.

Marilyn M. Burns RN, BS, CNOR, Director of Clinical Affairs and Medical Education, Symmetry Surgical, shared information about the company’s single-use Kerrison product, which was introduced in 2014 and developed based on surgeons’ desire to have consistently sharp tips during procedures. “The Symmetry Sharp Kerrison is a first-of-its-kind, patented Kerrison that provides a new tip every time — with 21 possible handle and tip configura- tions,” explained Burns. “A sharp Kerrison tip provides precise cutting of bony tissue of the spine and reduces surgeon hand fatigue, which potentially leads to safer and more pre- cise neurospine procedures.”

Based on user feedback, Symmetry added a new thin footplate tip last year to give surgeons better access to tight cervical spaces. “Symmetry Sharp Kerrisons com-

Single-use Sharp Kerrison by Symmetry Surgical

bine the value of a reusable instrument with the precision of a sharp cutting edge whenever it’s needed,” said Burns. “Repair costs for sharpening or replacing traditional Kerrison instruments with dull tips are alleviated by the single-use Symmetry Sharp Kerrison tips.”

Inside track on laproscopes Ryan Mancini, Senior Product Manager, Aesculap, Inc., says the company expects a February launch of its new laparoscopic handles which are designed to work with Aesculap’s four piece, take-apart laparoscopic

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