Stryker Medical's Trio Mobile Surgery Platform allows you to keep patients on one platform from pre-op to the OR to recovery. This may be especially useful when caring for elderly patients, and it eliminates the chance that your staff will experience back strain from lifting patients from one platform to another. The company developed the table by expanding on its cataract surgery mobile platform; it's now appropriate for all types of surgeries, including orthopedic, OB/GYN, and urology cases. The table is fully adjustable and has a weight-bearing capacity of 500 pounds. For more information, call (800) 669-4968, ext. 6649, visit www.strykermedical.com or circle 131.
A Single-Use Microkeratome
If you'd rather not spend time cleaning, sterilizing, and assembling your microkeratome for each new refractive surgery case, you might wish to try the Barron Microkeratome from Katena Products. The entire unit, including the vacuum ring, motor and blade, is completely disposable. It arrives assembled and ready to use-just plug it into the control console and it's ready to go. Unlike other disposable microkeratomes, this one is made of stainless steel, which ensures cutting accuracy, the company says. The cost is $6,000 for a console and up to four microkeratomes. The unit might be particularly cost-effective if your facility does a low volume of cases and cannot justify the investment of a reusable version. It may also serve as a good back-up if your surgeons are doing a high volume of cases and want to minimize downtime while a reusable unit is being sterilized.
The Barron Microkeratome features a 1-mm-wide applanation bar to minimize friction when gliding across cornea. The blade is calibrated to the applanation bar for cutting a lamellar section, and there's a front stop that ensures a hinged flap. The standard unit has a 19-mm-diameter vacuum ring to produce a 9.5-mm/160-?m depth flap. A smaller one has a 17-mm diameter vacuum ring to make a 8.5-mm/160-?m depth flap to accommodate small eyes. For more information, call (973) 989-1600, visit www.katena.com or circle 132.
A Clear View
Spectrum Surgical Instruments' Flexible Rake Retractors feature flexible springs in the handles that allow a surgeon to move the handles out of the way for unobstructed visualization. With other retractors, if the surgeon wants to change the position of the handle, he or she has to move the entire retractor, possibly disturbing the surgical site. With this device, however, the surgeon can angle the handles in any direction while maintaining the retractor position. The six-inch stainless steel retractors come with two, three, or four prongs. The company says they are ideal for plastic surgery and general surgery procedures. Cost is $34. For more information, call (800) 444-5644, visit www.spectrumsurgical.com or circle 133.
Check Out the Rhein Line
Rhein Medical wants you to know that its 2001 Instrument Catalog is now available in hard or soft cover. The snappy new publication has descriptions and illustrations of more than 1,000 products. Best of all, it's free. Contact Rhein at (800) 637-4346, visit www.rheinmedical.com or circle 134.
A New Way to Open Stenotic Puncta
Chapel Hill, N.C., surgeon Frank Christensen, M.D., has developed a new punch to open a stenotic punctum faster and with less tissue trauma. In the past, a physician had to use scissors and make multiple cuts. The Christensen Punctum Punch does the job in one "bite."
The device, from Katena Products, has a thin, tapered tip that is inserted into the punctum to excise a 1-mm-wide section of tissue in a single action. A surgeon can use it in the office or during DCR procedures, the company says. For more information, call (973) 989-1600, visit www.katena.com or circle 135.