Handheld Suturing Devices

The Sutrue handheld devices (veterinary and medical) are faster, more accurate and less traumatic to tissue than traditional techniques. The devices also protect the operator and ancillary staff from the sharp needle which in traditional suturing leads to so many needlestick injuries. (Please see our needle safety page for more information on this distressing and costly issue.)

A comfortable and ergonomic rechargeable handle mounts a single-use disposable head and cartridge. The cartridge snaps into the head and contains a suture needle and thread. The cartridge can be changed multiple times during a procedure, each being disposed of safely. If needles of different sizes are required within a procedure the head can be simply interchanged. The reusable handle incorporates the motor and controls. It is multi-functional, able to drive heads of various sizes to accommodate differing sizes of needle. (The image below shows the range of different sized needles used in traditional suturing, all of which can be used in the Sutrue devices).

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

– Protects against needle stick injuries and consequently the risk of exposure to blood born viruses such as HIV and Hepatitis being transmitted to carers, eliminating the need for post exposure medication
– Reduces the overall cost of surgery, being quicker and more accurate than suturing by hand and simplifying clear up procedures (needle counting) and disposal
– Simple to use, enabling less experienced practitioners to suture well
– Uses standard suture needles that practitioners prefer
– Reduces tissue trauma because the needle path is repeatable, quick and smooth as it is controlled by the device

SAFETY LEGISLATION

In addition to these benefits, the Sutrue devices also complies with safety legislation 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 IN ACTION
As you can see in the videos below, at the press of a button the Sutrue device drives the needle to perform an automated suture.

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

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

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