Smiths Medical to distribute Life-Tech’s nerve-stimulating catheters
28 February 2008
Smiths Medical, part of Smiths Group, has announced that it will
distribute Life-Tech’s ContiStim Stimulating Catheter, as an addition to
their current line of peripheral nerve-block products.
Stimulating catheters can conduct electrical current and stimulate motor
nerves when used in conjunction with a nerve stimulator. Clinicians who
prefer a stimulating catheter believe they obtain an increased nerve block
success rate due to better catheter placement, resulting in improved patient
outcomes and pain relief.
Stimulating catheters have become a valuable tool in continuous
peripheral nerve blocks commonly performed in orthopaedic procedures to the
shoulder and knee. Optimizing placement of nerve catheters can lead to
improved clinical outcomes, such as reductions in patients’ pain scores and
ContiStim stimulating catheters feature an atraumatic ball tip that
protects against tissue damage while providing a uniform 360-degree stimulus
pattern. They allow stimulation during placement as well as after the
The new stimulating catheters directly complement Smiths Medical’s
existing line of peripheral nerve block products, including insulated
needles and nerve block trays.