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28 January, 2021 - 16:25 By Tony Quested

Medovate and Konica Minolta in US promote best practice in anaesthesia

Cambridge MedTech innovator Medovate has teamed up with Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas, Inc. to promote best practice within regional anaesthesia across the US and Middle East. 

The partnership is designed to highlight the provision of Ultrasound Guided Regional Anaesthesia’ and how the revolutionary SAFIRA® (SAFer Injection for Regional Anaesthesia) can be used in conjunction with Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas’ Inc. range of pioneering ultrasound solutions.  

SAFIRA® is a Class II medical device set to transform regional anaesthesia around the world by making it a one-person procedure. 

It puts control of the injection in the hands of the anaesthetist freeing up their assistants to carry out other tasks. The device also helps to improve patient safety by reducing the risk of nerve damage as it helps to prevent injection above 20psi.  

The introduction of ultrasound guidance in regional anaesthesia was first explored by anaesthetists in the mid-1990s and since then technology advancements have led to an increase in ultrasound by anaesthetists. 

Ultrasound guidance offers a range of important practical advantages for nerve blockade such as visualisation of the anatomy and more informed guidance for the needle pathway avoiding structures that might be damaged by the needle.

It also reduces the likelihood of inadvertent needle trauma to unintended structures and ensures the continued visualisation of the local anaesthetic solution. 

Together the two technologies present a best practice solution in delivering regional anaesthesia. 

Chris Rogers, sales and marketing director at Medovate, said: “We are excited to be partnering with Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas, a world leader in ultrasound technology. 

“The company has a strong focus on creating value through innovation – an ethos that fits with Medovate’s core focus on realising the benefits of clinician-led innovation. We are looking forward to raising awareness of ultrasound guided techniques for regional anaesthesia.” 

Eric Sumner, executive VP for ultrasound sales at Konica Minolta added: “Our companies have a shared vision to promote safer solutions that deliver clinical efficiency, simplify use and advance better outcomes for patients.”

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