leading (corded) competitor (1, 2)
3. A handheld design where all user feedback
is provided using only lights and tones on the
SP: How does its unique design allow for
more freedom of movement and better efficiency in the operating room?
Covidien: By offering clinicians a cordless
design, the Sonicision device can be passed
unencumbered between surgeon and nurses
across the sterile field without dealing with cord
logistics. In addition, the Sonicision jaws can
be rotated infinitely with no cord obstruction
before activating, which allows for easy and
precise tissue placement. Lastly, Sonicision
was designed to be assembled and ready for
use within 15 seconds, which means nurses
can focus on preparing other elements of the
SP: How does the device allow for faster dissection and improved visibility for surgeons?
Covidien: Sonicision was carefully designed
with a linear active blade and tapered tip. In
addition to being the only cordless device of its
kind, the Sonicision jaw design offers faster dissection and less plume than the leading corded
competitor. Faster dissection contributes to a
more efficient procedure, while a plume reduction of up to 5x can lead to better visibility for
the surgeon. (1, 2)
SP: How does the instrument contribute to
improved patient safety?
Covidien: Cords and cables are one of the
three most common tripping hazards in the
OR. Tripping in the OR has been tied to direct
patient injury, contributing to surgical errors,
and causing surgical delays. ( 3) By reducing up
to three cords in the OR, Sonicision contributes
to a safer OR experience.
1. When compared to the Harmonic ACE* on
maximum power through 10cm of porcine mesentery. Results show a statistically significant (P
< 0.0001) difference in mean dissection speed.
Tsirline VB, Lau KN, Swan RZ, Montero PN,
Sindram D, Martinie JB, Iannitti DA., Evaluation
of an Innovative, Cordless Ultrasonic Dissector.
Surg Innov, 2013.
2. Kim FJ, Sehrt D, Pompeo A, Molina WR.,
Comparison of surgical plume among laparoscopic ultrasonic dissectors using a real-time digital quantitative technology. Surg Endosc, 2012.
3. Brogmus G, Leone W, Butler L, Hernandez
E . Best practices in OR suite layout
and equipment choices to reduce slips, trips,
and falls. AORN (Association of PeriOperative
Registered Nurses) J 86:384–398.
THIRD PLACE, Best of Show,
Hands-Free Transfer Tray,
SP: Please explain how the Bard-Parker
Hands-Free Transfer Tray allows for the safe
and effective passing of sharps in the operating
Aspen Surgical: Use of the Bard-Parker
transfer tray allows sharp instruments to be
transferred from one person to the other using
a “neutral zone” rather than passing hand-to-hand. In this way, operating room personnel
can pick up sharp instruments from the tray
when they are ready and aware, so as to avoid
accidental cuts that could potentially happen if
the receiving personnel are fully not prepared to
accept the instrument.
The Bard-Parker transfer tray provides
easy visibility to the instrument so that
the person picking it up
can clearly see any
sharp ends. It is
to guide the
pick up the
middle rather than from
the sharp end,
In general, research performed
on the use of neutral zone rather than hand-to-
hand passing has shown effectiveness ranging
from 35 percent to 59 percent in reducing
sharps injuries in operations where blood loss
is greater than 100mL.
SP: Is this product meant to be used with other
sharps safety products and related practices?
Aspen Surgical: Use of a transfer tray or
neutral zone is one aspect of compliance with
the Federal OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens
Standard, as well as compliance with other recommended practices put forth by organizations
such as AORN. However, this is not the only
way to protect staff, particularly given that use
of the transfer tray only supports protection for
passing of instruments. With this in mind, our
tray was designed to be used in conjunction
with other safety-engineered instruments (such
as Bard-Parker Safety Scalpels). Use of both of
these products together provides better protection for staff during the loading and unloading
of blades, as well as passing of the instruments.
SP: What kind of material is the tray made
from? Is it durable?
Aspen Surgical: The Bard-Parker transfer
tray is made from a durable, yet lightweight,
plastic to provide easy handling. It also includes
many carrying points should the tray need to be
moved for any reason.
SP: Can you explain how the design of the tray
helps maximize patient and staff safety?
Aspen Surgical: Due to its ability to aid in
the safe passing of sharps instruments, the Bard-Parker transfer tray helps to support a safe work
environment for operating room personnel.
With a safe work environment, the hope is
that surgical staff is free of distraction and is
able to focus solely on the patient and the procedure at hand.