MUNDELEIN, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–EcomedSolutions, the developer and manufacturer of innovative healthcaresolutions, today unveiled the Sureglide™Cesarean scalpel at the Societyfor Maternal-Fetal Medicine’s 37th Annual PregnancyMeeting in Las Vegas. The scalpel, designed by ob-gyns for ob-gyns,reduces the riskof fetal injury from nicks, cuts or lacerations during cesareandeliveries and protects doctors, nurses and other personnel from sharpsinjury.
In the U.S., more than 30percent of births are by C-section, up from 23percent in 2000. As these numbers rise, so does the risk of fetalinjuries, which according to the NationalInstitutes of Health (NIH), occur in at least three percent of allpregnancies. Most often, the face, cheek and ear of the fetus is in theline of the hysterotomy incision. According to TheAmerican Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics, these types of birthinjuries can cause long-term and sometimes permanent health issues.
“The most stressful aspect of a delivery for every doctor is getting thebaby out safely,” explained Dr. AndreaWolfe, a top rated ob-gyn practitioner based in Grand Rapids,Michigan and medical consultant for Sureglide. “Just like the mother andfather, we invest 9 months in preparing for the most precious moment ofa family’s life. With Sureglide, a doctor is assured that every risk ismanaged right up to the last moment in pregnancy.”
As the number of C-sections increase, so do the potential dangers tosurgical staff. Sharpsinjuries can happen before, during and after procedures arecompleted. They even occur after disposal. Whether the injury is to theinfant or staff, these types of injuries result in both direct andindirect costs associated with reporting, treatment, benefits costs, notto mention emotional distress and future health repercussions. The Centersfor Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that about385,000 sharps-related injuries occur annually among health care workersin hospitals.
Unlike typical surgical scalpels that offer no protection to surgicalteams and babies, Sureglide’s design and movement eliminates any fetalexposure to the blade during a hysterotomy regardless of uterine wallthickness or number of passes. The scalpel, developed with input fromsurgeons using it, incorporates safety features that prevent sharps andfetal injury and captures optimal feel and elegance including:
Protected blade designed to cut up and away from fetus and eliminatesexposure to blade by surgical staff
Ergonomically designed handle similar to traditional scalpel withgreater control, familiar feel and line of sight to incision
Raised ribs for better grip
“From the moment the pregnancy test comes back as positive, parents planfor just about everything from prenatal care to the outfit the baby willleave the hospital in,” said David Yurek, CEO of Ecomed Solutions. “If acesarean delivery is part of the plan, parents and physicians now havean option to make sure the baby is protected during the delivery. Scarsshould be left for memories of learning to ride a bike, not childbirth.”
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About Ecomed Solutions
Ecomed Solutions, headquartered in Mundelein, Illinois, is thehealthcare industry’s complete outsource partner for contractmanufacturing, new product development and product sourcing. We workwith global consumer and leading pharmaceutical, medical device anddiagnostics companies to develop and cost effectively bring innovativesolutions to market. Our unique process, expansive network andcapabilities enable our clients to achieve a one-stop solution whileensuring product function, quality and cost. For more information, visit www.ecomed-solutions.comor www.sureglide.info.
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