OBP Medical Announces SURE-SCOPE Regulatory Approval in Australia

Friday, Jun 16, 2017

OBP Medical, a leading global developer of single-use, self-contained, illuminating medical devices, today announced regulatory approval from the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) for SURE-SCOPE®. Designed to facilitate tracheal intubation during general anesthesia or cardiopulmonary resuscitation, SURE-SCOPE is a disposable, one-piece laryngoscope with integrated LED light source that reduces cost, increases efficiency, and eliminates infection risk caused by reusable laryngoscope blades and handles. SURE-SCOPE is available immediately through OBP Medical's distribution channels in Australia.

"Regulatory approval to market SURE-SCOPE in Australia is an exciting milestone for OBP Medical," said Jason Swift, CEO of OBP Medical. "Like many countries, Australia has made a concerted effort to curb healthcare-associated infections that cause undue suffering for patients and are costly to the health system. As a result, there is increasing demand for products that enable healthcare professionals to deliver high-quality patient care while reducing infection risk. We are committed to working with our partner, Defries Industries, to make SURE-SCOPE available throughout Australia as an affordable and effective intubation solution."

The modern-day laryngoscope consists of a handle with light source and interchangeable blades. While most organizations have made the switch to disposable blades, laryngoscope handles still are often reprocessed and reused. A growing body of evidence and numerous real-world examples demonstrate that even when healthcare professionals follow rigorous cleaning and disinfection proposals, the risk of cross contamination with certain viruses and bacteria—including Hepatitis B, HIV, Streptococcus and Staphylococcus aureus—can remain.

SURE-SCOPE's unique design delivers the highest level of functionality while eliminating the cross-contamination risks associated with reusable laryngoscope blades and handles. An all-in-one, entirely single-use laryngoscope, SURE-SCOPE comes out of the package sterile and ready to use—no additional parts or assembly required. Following a single patient use, the entire device—including the handle, blade and light source—is disposed of. SURE-SCOPE's one-piece construction offers healthcare professionals a safer and more reliable device. In addition, the technology delivers cost savings for healthcare organizations by eliminating the time and expense related to device maintenance and reprocessing.

"Defries Industries is proud to serve as OBP Medical's distribution partner for Australia and excited to bring another innovation from the company to these important markets," said Greg de Fries, managing director, Defries Industries. "OBP Medical has a strong portfolio and a reputation for developing quality products that meet the highest standards for infection control and prevention while delivering clinical ease of use, high performance and cost savings. We look forward to helping make SURE-SCOPE a success here as it is in other parts of the world."

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