Single Use Surgical of Cardiff at MEDICA 2017 in Düsseldorf -- MEDICA Trade Fair

Single Use Surgical

Greypoint, Cardiff Business Park, CF14 5WF Cardiff
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Telephone +44 2920 767800
Fax +44 2920 767801

This company is co-exhibitor of
Welsh Government

Hall map

MEDICA 2017 hall map (Hall 16): stand F42

Fairground map

MEDICA 2017 fairground map: Hall 16

Our range of products

Product categories

  • 01  Electromedical equipment / Medical Technology
  • 01.02  Imaging proceedings
  • 01.02.06  Ultrasound diagnostic equipment

Ultrasound diagnostic equipment

  • 01  Electromedical equipment / Medical Technology
  • 01.02  Imaging proceedings
  • 01.02.06  Ultrasound diagnostic equipment
  •  Ultrasound equipment for gynaecological and obstetric use

Ultrasound equipment for gynaecological and obstetric use

  • 01  Electromedical equipment / Medical Technology
  • 01.08  Surgery and Endoscopy
  • 01.08.02  Surgical instruments and products

Surgical instruments and products

  • 01  Electromedical equipment / Medical Technology
  • 01.08  Surgery and Endoscopy
  • 01.08.02  Surgical instruments and products
  •  Dilatators


  • 01  Electromedical equipment / Medical Technology
  • 01.08  Surgery and Endoscopy
  • 01.08.02  Surgical instruments and products
  •  Vaginal specula

Vaginal specula

  • 01  Electromedical equipment / Medical Technology
  • 01.08  Surgery and Endoscopy
  • 01.08.04  Endoscopes and accessories

Endoscopes and accessories

  • 01  Electromedical equipment / Medical Technology
  • 01.08  Surgery and Endoscopy
  • 01.08.04  Endoscopes and accessories
  •  Proctoscopes, rectoscopes

Proctoscopes, rectoscopes

  • 05  Commodities and Consumer Goods
  • 05.08  Disposable articles for hospitals

Disposable articles for hospitals

  • 07  Medical Services and Publications
  • 07.07  Educational appliances

Educational appliances

  • 07  Medical Services and Publications
  • 07.07  Educational appliances
  • 07.07.03  Obstetric and gynaecological models and dummies

Obstetric and gynaecological models and dummies

Company news




Nov 15, 2017

The Hazards of Surgical Smoke

Surgical smoke is a health hazard that can often be overlooked in surgical theatre. In Denmark, legislation has been in place since 2001 to ensure surgical smoke prompts removal at the point of surgery (not just from the operating room), so can legislation in the UK and elsewhere be far behind? And what can be done in terms of minimising potential harm to patients and healthcare staff?

To understand the extent of the problem, it is useful to define exactly what is meant by ‘surgical smoke’. The term normally encompasses all the gaseous byproducts produced during electrocautery, laser surgery or the use of ultrasonic scalpels. Surgical smoke can be called by a variety of names, including cautery smoke, diathermy plume, plume, smoke plume, aerosols, bioaerosols, vapour and air contaminants. It can be notable in that it can be seen and smelled.

To understand what is meant by ‘surgical smoke’ is one thing; however, do we fully understand the concerns around substances contained within this smoke? How small are the particles and how far can the particles spread? What solutions provide adequate protection from inhaling the surgical smoke?

Surgical smoke is a comparatively recent problem, because the methods used to dissect tissue and stem blood flow during surgery have evolved as the associated technology has changed. As a result, perioperative professionals and patients are routinely exposed to surgical smoke, plumes and aerosols produced by instruments used to dissect tissue and provide haemostasis. Surgical devices that can produce surgical smoke as a byproduct include lasers, electrosurgical units, ultrasonic units, cautery units, and high-speed drills and burrs. In summary, anything that produces heat can produce smoke or aerosols, and smoke- and aerosol-generating procedures can in turn pose health risks.

Surgical smoke is now part of the patient-care environment wherever surgical and invasive procedures are undertaken. It has been described as part of the ‘chemical soup’ that is present during the care of perioperative patients. Consequently, the air quality in operating rooms around the world has been a concern for over three decades. In one study examining surgical smoke generated during plastic surgery procedures, it was found that the smoke produced in one day was equivalent to 27 to 30 cigarettes.

So what is it about surgical smoke that causes such concern? For one thing, a surgical smoke plume may contain hair particles, viable cells, bacteria, viruses, prions and other deleterious matter. Numerous toxic and carcinogenic gases can also be given off. Inhalation of the smoke plume can therefore adversely affect patients, as well as medical staff in the immediate vicinity of the operation.

The smoke contains many potential risks, including infection of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), hepatitis B and HPV (human papillomavirus). The smoke can also cause irritation to the lungs, leading to acute and chronic inflammatory changes. Cytotoxic, genotoxic and mutagenic effects have also been demonstrated.

A long list of chemicals present in surgical smoke have been identified. Two of the chemicals of concern were acrylonitrile and hydrogen cyanide. Acrylonitrile is a volatile, colourless chemical that can be absorbed through the skin and lungs. Acrylonitrile liberates hydrogen cyanide. Hydrogen cyanide is toxic, colourless and can be absorbed into the lungs, through the skin and via the gastrointestinal tract.

For healthcare professionals, chronic irritation caused by surgical smoke can lead to high rates of employee absence due to respiratory illness, regular headaches, nausea, mucous membrane irritations and skin irritations.

Given all this, and the risks posed to them as well as to the patients, healthcare staff involved in procedures resulting in smoke plumes should be educated on how the plumes are produced and how to reduce or eliminate exposure.

The use of standard surgical masks alone does not provide adequate protection from surgical smoke. While higher-quality filter masks and/or double masking may increase the filtration capability, a smoke evacuation device or filter placed near (2–5 cm) the electrocautery blade or on endoscope valves offers additional (and necessary) safety for operating personnel and patients. Pelican Feminine Healthcare can advise on as well as provide such devices.

Former AORN Journal Editor Brenda Gregory Dawes stated in 2000 that a ‘stop smoke campaign begins with you’: ‘Use available tools and knowledge to minimize exposure to surgical smoke. Until there are regulations that reduce the occupational hazard of surgical smoke become an expert in what can be done.’

Although the long-term effects for healthcare workers exposed to surgical smoke still remain unknown, it is evident that there needs to be proactive action taken to prevent any potential harm, regardless of the presence of external legislation. Engineering controls, revised procedures and personal protective equipment should be used to protect all staff and patients from exposure to smoke by-products. Understanding the environmental hazards related to surgical smoke and aerosols produced during all operative and invasive procedures is a critical first step in the implementation of adequate protective measures for both patients and perioperative personnel.

To find out more visit Single Use Surgical  hall 16, stand 16F42.

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Oct 25, 2017

Single-use Diathermy Abbey Needle with Suction launched at MEDICA 2017

A pioneering single-use Diathermy Abbey Needle with Suction which helps surgeons improve performance and outcomes during a range of procedures, will be unveiled at MEDICA 2017.

Developed by UK specialist Single Use Surgical, the device improves visibility at the surgical site during submucosal diathermy(SMD), turbinectomy and breast surgery. It offers a unique combination of precise cauterisation and targeted suction helping to remove surgically generated smoke and reduce the risks associated with reprocessing a reusable monopolar device.

Based in Cardiff, Single Use Surgical pride themselves on identifying difficult-to-clean surgical equipment and offering high quality, alternative single use solutions.

Their ethos is simple – to produce instruments that are sterile, efficient and manufactured to the highest standards, all carefully designed to put patients first and reduce the risk of cross contamination.

Single Use Surgical was established in 2001 as a direct response to UK hospitals’ concerns over the cleaning practices involving fine lumen instruments, and how it posed a high risk of cross contamination between patients.

Since then, they have developed the widest range of high quality and specialist single-use suctions capturing the same look, feel and functionality as the reusable equivalent. The suctions have been well received globally and the company’s customer base continues to grow rapidly in many markets around the world.

Unlike many other disposable instruments, Single Use Surgical manufacture their products with stainless steel tubes rather than aluminium; a factor that has helped them to become a leading single-use medical device specialists. Their range spans into many specialities including ENT, head and neck, gynaecology, laparoscopy, general and vascular surgery.

Export Manager, Michael Denver, said: “The launch of this pioneering device means there is no need for separate suction. This prevents crowding the surgical site in smaller, harder to reach areas. It also offers targeted and effective smoke extraction and being single-use, means it reduces the risks associated with cross contamination and unintentional patient burns from damaged insulation.”

MEDICA 2017 is taking place from 13th to 16th November. Throughout the show Single Use surgical will be located in hall 16 stand 16 F42.

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About us

Company details

The Problem
In 2001 we were established as a direct response to concerns over cleaning practices

Local hospitals identified that fine lumen suction tubes used in surgery posed a high risk of patient to patient cross infection due to being too difficult to clean

The Solution
In collaboration with clinicians Matthew Tulley, our founder, developed a range of single use suction tubes with the same look, feel and functionality as reusable instruments

The suction tubes were well received and our customer base grew rapidly

Supporting better operations through quality innovations

To be the number one in the UK for innovative single use medical products and to exploit this strength worldwide

  • Quality
  • Innovation
  • Integrity
  • Teamwork
  • Customer Service
  • Personal Development

Developing Our Range
As more hospitals chose to switch to single use, we were approached by other surgical departments to provide UK manufactured single use alternatives to difficult-to-clean multi-use instruments

Innovative solutions were developed for Gynaecology, Laparoscopy, General Surgery and Vascular Surgery. Many of these instruments provide improved ergonomics and functionality, as well as consistent quality and a safe alternative to reusables instruments

Each product is developed to ensure cost and efficiency savings

With many sterilisation services being off-site or outsourced by hospitals, our range is beneficial as it always available and acessible

In addition to our own manufacturing, we are dedicated UK and Republic of Ireland distributors for high quality German manufactured products, such as the MAQUET range of suction pumps and smoke evacuation machine and the PEREG selection of cleaning efficacy tests

We are always interested in expanding our product portfolio with high quality innovative devices. Are you looking for a UK and/or Republic of Ireland distributor for your medical device? Please contact Jon Blastland our Sales Director

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