• Pre- and post-operative times cut by 80%

  • 100% availability: logistics incidents eliminated thanks to immediate availability

Eragny-sur-Oise, France, October 20, 2016
Safe Orthopaedics
(FR0012452746 – SAFOR), a company offering innovative ranges of sterile implants combined with their single-use instruments for back surgery, is today announcing the presentation of a randomised study confirming the benefits of its single-use instruments for spine surgery.

This 1:1 randomized study of 40 surgeries was conducted by teams at CHU Bicêtre, one of France’s leading teaching hospitals. It was led jointly by Dr. Sylvie Raspaud, who oversaw the pharmaceutical aspects, and Prof. Charles Court, orthopedic surgeon and Head of the Orthopedics service.

The study ran from April 2014 to May 2015 following CHU Bicêtre’s adoption of Safe Orthopaedics’ products and compared the operative and logistics times (pre- and post-operative) for traditional renewable instruments and Safe Orthopaedics’ single-use instruments in lumbar spine fusion surgeries (lumbar arthrodesis).

Pre-and post-operative times cut by 80%

This study showed a spectacular reduction of 81% in average logistics times from 176 to 33 minutes on average by switching over to single-use instruments since the hospital and its staff no longer had to perform various procedural steps (transport, labor, sterilisation).

100% availability: logistics incidents eliminated thanks to immediate availability

At the same time, no logistical incidents were observed with Safe Orthopaedics’ instruments. With reusable instruments, an incident rate of 15% was recorded (unavailability of instruments set, lack of screws and sterilisation problems).

Strictly defined operative times would have also been shortened by 14 minutes (from 190 to 176 minutes on average), even though the CHU Bicêtre surgeons were novice users who had received guidance from a Safe Orthopaedics trainer only during their first surgery.

Prof. Charles Court, orthopedic surgeon and Head of the CHU Bicêtre Orthopedics service, said:

“Our study brought to light the major savings achieved by using Safe Orthopaedics’ products for scheduled vertebral fusion surgeries. I am tremendously proud of the work that our teams did.”