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Medtronic announces US launch of Spine Essentials

By Surgical Tribune
May 30, 2016

DALLAS, USA/DUBLIN, Ireland: Global medical company Medtronic announced the U.S. launch of Spine Essentials, a new platform of spinal implants and instruments designed to make the preparation work for the most common cervical spinal fusion procedures more efficient and help hospital systems manage costs while maintaining quality. The platform was developed in collaboration with leading surgeons and administrators and launched on May 19 at the annual meeting of the Ambulatory Surgical Center Association in Dallas.

Spine Essentials aims to help surgeons and their staff streamline preparation work for the most common spinal fusions, by providing the exact tools in the right quantities needed to perform one- and two-level cervical spinal fusions while reducing the costs and time required for instrument sterilization, case setup and inventory management.

“As a surgeon who routinely performs these types of surgeries, it’s helpful to optimize the implants and tools, so we’re being as efficient as possible to provide the best care possible to our patients,” said Dr. Richard N.W. Wohns, a neurosurgeon at neoSpine in Puyallup, Washington, and one of the physicians who collaborated with Medtronic to develop the platform.

The company also collaborated with various health care systems across the U.S. to evaluate unmet needs and identify efficiencies. Spine Essentials implant sets include the most commonly used implant sizes for one- and two-level fusions of the neck (anterior cervical discectomy and fusions) and are sterile-packaged with smaller instrument sets, thereby reducing the amount of inventory a hospital needs to sterilize, set up and store.

According to Medtronic, the platform will reduce sterilization costs associated with a cervical spinal fusion procedure, as there are 44 percent fewer instruments to sterilize compared with full-sized configurations. Moreover, compared with complete instrument and implant sets, there are 91 percent fewer items and 67 percent fewer cases to sterilize.

“Healthcare systems are under intense economic challenges, and Spine Essentials is an example of how Medtronic can bring value to spine surgery by optimizing costs and efficiency,” said Douglas J. King, senior vice president and president of Medtronic Spinal, which is part of the Restorative Therapies Group at Medtronic. “We’re committed to delivering successful patient outcomes more efficiently, but we can’t do it alone which is why Spine Essentials was developed with the input of physicians and hospitals.”

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