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 opioid consumption.

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 initial placement.

The new stimulating catheters directly complement Smiths Medical’s existing line of peripheral nerve block products, including insulated needles and nerve block trays.

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