Handheld Suturing Devices (Medical & Veterinary)

The Sutrue handheld suturing devices successfully produce automated sutures in a row, in hard-to-access sites, and can tie a knot. They consist of two components: a single-use disposable “head” and a reusable rechargeable “handle”. The “head”, that contains the cartridge, is replaced for each patient. The cartridge contains the needle and thread and can be changed multiple times during the procedure before being disposed of safely. The reusable “handle” incorporates the motor and controls. It is multifunctional, able to drive heads of various. 

The benefits of the Sutrue devices over traditional suturing by hand include:

– Safer, quicker and more accurate than suturing by hand
– Accessible for use by inexperienced practitioners and laypeople
– Reduces needle stick injuries and therefore cases of HIV and Hepatitis B within healthcare practitioners. 

The Sutrue devices are compliant with safety legislations that have been implemented in the UK, EU and US to protect healthcare workers from needlestick injury. In 2000, The Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act was signed into US law and requires employers to “evaluate, select, and use engineering controls (e.g., sharps with engineered sharps injury protections …”

Directive 2010/32/EU necessitates the provision of “medical devices incorporating safety-engineered protection mechanisms”. UK Health and Safety Regulations 2013 Guidance for employers and employees: “The employer must substitute traditional, unprotected medical sharps with a ‘safer sharp’ where it is reasonably practicable to do so”.

Sutrue devices enable compliance with these international regulations by reducing the risk of needlestick injury through the enclosed nature of the needle.

The video below shows the steps involved in producing a row of interrupted sutures using a Sutrue handheld device.

Here’s Professor Pepper and Mr Richard Trimlett comparing using a Sutrue handheld device to traditional suturing by hand.

Professor Pepper and Mr Richard Trimlett demonstrating a Sutrue handheld device working to create automated sutures.

Professor Pepper and Mr Richard Trimlett discussing the applications for a Sutrue handheld device.