Surgeries are costly and time consuming for everyone involved. Hospitals are under pressure to cut costs where ever possible. Surgeons try to reduce time for procedures to cut down on risk to the patients, and patients want to save both time and money. It is the job of a medical device company to research, develop, and manufacture tools and apparatus that improve surgical methods, increase safety of procedures, and cut down costs and time. Innovations and advancements in technology help to facilitate those goals. Recent innovations in medical device distribution include positioners that provide a stable and consistent work surface for surgeries.

A stable work surface is important, especially for orthopedic surgeries that often require placement of plates, screws, pins, and total joint replacement. Angles need to be maintained throughout the procedure, and the limp has to stay in place while devices are implanted. Orthopedic surgeons have five to seven years of extra training after medical school, and often specialize in an area. Specialties like spine surgery, total joint replacement, sports medicine, and orthopedic trauma can involve long and complicated surgical procedures where precision is crucial.

Prior to the development of bone foam, limps were propped up and positioned with sterile towels during surgery. The issues with that method included the risk of altering the position during the procedure, the costs associated with laundering all those towels, and the time it took to get the positioning accurate for surgery. Bone foam is a line of positioners that provide accurate and stable positioning quickly and comfortably. Time is saved because there are several angles and positions available for different surgeries. Upper extremity positioners include distal radius, arm blocks, and wedges. Lower extremity options include leg cradles, knee bolsters, ramps, and leg tunnels. Extremity holders, cylinders, lateral wedges, and axillary cradles are also available. Post-operative options are a zero degree knee positioner, and a ERLE (edema reduction leg elevator) positioning device.

The devices are coated with a sprayed on vinyl. That makes them water impermeable, fire retardant, and radiolucent for C-arm imaging. They are not sterile, so a sterile bag or drape is needed for each procedure. Those are available by the medical device company, and fit most positioners exactly. They are latex free and have no weight limits. If the coating is scratched, torn or breech-ed in any way, the device must be replaced to avoid cross contamination. The Gully splash guard system is also available. It is a fluid containment system that supports unstable fractures, controls the collection of fluids, and reduces the cost of washing and re-sterilizing towels and pans.