Action Products’ Long
Recent release garners reader attention online
by Rebecca Rudolph, editor
For each issue, Surgical Products
relies on its readers to share what
innovations and technology they’re
interested in. The last couple
months have been full of developments and exploration in the surgical industry, and readers were curious to know more about one product in particular – Action Products’
Long Positioning Strap.
This strap was launched a few
months ago and added to the line
of positioning equipment Action
Products offers. This Akton® polymer strap minimizes
patient movement while they’re on the operating room table,
but is not meant to retrain the patient. A unique feature of
this strap is its infection control components, which include:
microbe-resistant fabric, fully-welded seams and a no-stitch
hook-and-loop attachment. Janet Kaplan, director of marketing at Action Products, connected with Surgical Products to
answer a few questions.
SP: When the positioning strap was being
developed, what are some key factors the
research and development team took into
Kaplan: There were multiple factors our developers took
into account, but a few big ones included:
• Skin integrity: No other positioning strap had a pro-
tective polymer layer against the skin. Many nurses
would just tape patients to the table or use a harsh
• Adjustability: Over the past 20 years, patients have
out-grown the size of the original strap. It is perfect
for the small to medium size patient, but not for large
to obese. For those who need it, a polymer gel lines
the strap that touches the patient.
• Environmental sustainability: It is reusable, cutting
SP: This positioning strap can be used in various
down on red bag waste.
settings. Why is versatility such an important
aspect for patient positioning products?
Kaplan: Tables are a fixed width, but patients vary in size.
In order to keep extra folds of skin on the table in varying
positions, it is necessary to hold the body on the table, with a
SP: What are some features that set this product
apart from others on the market?
Kaplan: There are so many great features, but some of the
SP: What types of patients and in what settings
big ones include:
• A polymer that lines the strap touching the patient
• Infection control design
• Easy cleaning
• Environmentally friendly
• Adjusts to 90”
would this strap best be used?
Kaplan: The Long Positioning Strap filled an unmet need
for large to bariatric-sized patients. Our other positioning
strap is good for pediatric to adult size patients.
For more information about this positioning tool or other
Action Products equipment, visit: www.actionproducts.com