Columbus, Ohio-based Minimally Invasive Devices, Inc. has announced CE marking of its FloShield device, which keeps laparoscope lenses clean during procedures. Typically, the surgeon’s view is frequently obstructed by fog and debris buildup on the laparoscope lens, but the FloShield uses a constant stream of air across the lens to prevent this obstruction from occurring.
The disposable device received FDA 510(k) approval three years ago, and is compatible with all 0, 30, and 45 degree 5 and 10mm laparoscopes.
From the press release:
The FloShield system provides for an uninterrupted clear view during laparoscopic procedures. FloShield uses airflow from the insufflator to defog and deflect debris from the lens of the laparoscope without removing the scope from the abdominal cavity for cleaning. Surgeons have to interrupt surgery as often as ten times per hour to remove the scope and manually clean it. FloShield dramatically reduces, and often eliminates, interruptions to clean the lens. FloShield is the only medical device that prevents optics from becoming obscured.
Here’s a quick demo of the FloShield keeping debris off the lens:
Product page: FloShield…