08/18/2005

Single Use Surgical Ltd

The New Disposable Spackman Cannula

Clear End in Sight
Europe-wide, up to 10% of hospitalised patients and as many as 30% of critically ill patients acquires an infection. Infections developed during surgical procedures can occur because of a lack of cleanliness of the medical devices. A growing number of hospitals are switching to single-use instruments to eliminate the risk of infection from equipment.

There are sometimes concerns that single-use instruments don’t perform as well as traditional instruments. But using up-to-the-minute technology and production methods, Single Use Surgical developed a disposable Spackman cannula (uterine manipulator or Cohen cannula) at the request of hospitals determined to reduce hospital acquired infections.

Concerns centred around the closed end and fine holes in a Spackman cannula which are notoriously difficult to clean. Debris loosened by autoclaving can be carried into the uterus and fallopian tubes during injection of dye. With an emphasis on surgeon acceptance, the traditional clamp with a screw requiring 2 hands has been replaced with a self locking clamp. Hospitals wanting to continue using the Spackman Cannula rather than the more expensive balloon-based uterine manipulators, but who also want to overcome the cleaning risks with the reusable device, now have choice.

Single Use Surgical’s Managing Director, Matthew Tulley, spoke at the international launch of the new line. Mr Tulley said: “The disposable Spackman cannula has enjoyed wide circulation in the UK and every day more and more hospitals are making the change to single use instruments. Releasing this safe, user-friendly instrument onto the international market reflects the success in the UK.

Single Use Surgical produces more than 35 different instruments with a quality recognised by the healthcare profession. The majority of neurosurgery departments and many ENT, MaxFax, gynaecological and orthopaedic departments in the UK have put patient health first by making the change to single-use instruments.