May-Jun 2016

Timesco leads the way with its reusable and single-use laryngoscopes

England-based Timesco Healthcare Ltd has been at the forefront of laryngoscope design, manufacture and innovative development in intubation for more than five decades.

Timesco manufactures the world’s number one single-use disposable fibre optic laryngoscope system called “Callisto”, which is complemented with Callisto single-use and Optima reusable LED handles.

The company provides complete ranges of single-use, “Callisto”, “Europa” and reusable “Optima” and “Sirius” laryngoscopes systems for all requirements -- from neonate to adult intubation. Also available are specialist, Robert Shaw, Seward, and difficult intubation “Eclipse” tilting tip blades.

The Timesco laryngoscope programme is also available with a new rechargeable sys-tem. Timesco has introduced innovative, award winning, energy savings systems for extended battery life, EES and ION.

The Timesco Laryngoscope programme is part of the Timesco product ranges, which cover all disciplines of surgery. Timesco surgical and medical ranges cover premium OR quality surgical instruments, dental, electro surgery, diagnostic, EMS, etc.

Timesco has been established since 1964 and is one of the largest privately owned quality surgical and medical companies in the UK. Timesco is an approved supplier to many ministries of health around the world, including the NHS in the UK.

Timesco has a regional distribution operation in the Middle East and has an office in Dubai.

Contact the Dubai office manager Mr Misbah Jabbar.
Phone: 00971 508 451019.

Timesco is an ISO, FDA, CE and SFDA registered company.

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Revolutionary lightweight x-ray machines in production

Making x-ray machines smaller and lighter with carbon nanotube technology is being used to revolutionise the market in the medical devices industry.

Micro-X has established its headquarters in Adelaide, the capital of South Australia, in preparation for the production of its lightweight machines.

Managing Director Peter Rowland said Micro-X had successfully produced a 75kg mobile x-ray machine – just a fraction of the size and weight of the 600kg machines traditionally used in hospitals.

He said Micro-X had the rights to apply technology from a company in the United States that was commercializing the carbon nanotubes as the electron emitter within an x-ray machine.

“In one of these 600kg monsters, the x-ray tube itself weighs about 26kg and if you think about holding that over a bed safely you need a vertical and horizontal support arm that’s quite strong and a cart that’s quite strong.”

“By comparison, our tube is one kilogram and is about the size of a large grapefruit. Our task has been to reduce the size of the overall cart in the same ratio.”

Rowland said the portable x-ray ma-chines, which are due to be released towards the end of the year, would address a real market need.

“A lot of medical devices are very clever but if they require a change to the way medicine is practiced – if it’s a disruptive product – then sales are going to come very slowly because you not only have to sell the technology in the product but you also have to sell a whole new way of doing things,” he said.

“That’s not the kind of path to revenueyou need for a start-up company so our first product is simply a better mousetrap.

“That smallness and lightness translates to simplicity and simplicity translates to a lot cheaper. So we’ve got what we believe is a real game-changing first launch product.

“There’s a clear market interest in a unit that’s smaller, can get into tighter spaces, is easy to manoeuvre with less effort for radiographers and we’re coming in at half the price.”

Rowland said mobile units could be stationed in radiography departments and easily wheeled to where they were needed within a hospital or they could be kept in areas such as intensive care or thoracic wards where they were needed regularly.

He said there was also an opportunity for aged care facilities or visiting radiologists to easily transport the units to where they were needed and then email x-rays to treating physicians to help keep patients out of hospitals and medical clinics.

Micro-X was given a one-year $3 million loan by the South Australian Government to launch production and expects to build about 150 saleable units by the end of the year.

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Date of upload: 11th May 2016

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