Safe Neurmonitoring Needle Electrode
SUNY Upstate Medical University researchers have developed a safety feature to protect medical technicians from needle sticks during surgeries requiring neuromonitoring. The novel safety flap can be attached to bare needles or combined with safety chambers (into which needles are retracted after use). When interoperative neuromonitoring probes are placed in the patient, the safety flap is positioned against the patient’s skin over the tip of the needle electrode. If the needle should shift during the surgical procedure and re-emerge through the skin, such as when the patient is being repositioned, the pierce-resistant safety flap will block the needle tip and prevent injury to the medical technician. Patented 9,968,271 More...