Features | Partner Sites | Information | LinkXpress
Sign In
Advantech Europe
Schiller
Ampronix

Duraplasty Graft Seals Cerebrospinal Fluid Leaks

By HospiMedica International staff writers
Posted on 17 Mar 2014
Image: The Biodesign Duraplasty Graft in situ (Photo courtesy of Cook Medical).
Image: The Biodesign Duraplasty Graft in situ (Photo courtesy of Cook Medical).
A new treatment option is now available for the repair the dura mater following cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leaks at the base of the skull. 

The Biodesign Duraplasty Graft is a non-dermis, non-cross-linked biologic graft that is designed for repairs of the dura mater, the thick membrane that is the outermost of the three layers of the meninges that surround the brain and spinal cord, and is responsible for keeping in the CSF; it is derived from mesoderm. The Biodesign graft itself is derived from a natural material that is easy to manipulate, does not swell with hydration, and does not fold onto itself. Once in place, the body completely remodels the graft into strong, well-vascularized tissue. 

The graft can be placed with or without sutures and it can achieve a strong seal, so that it provides a well-balanced treatment option. It can also be used to treat existing CSF leaks, such as those resulting from trauma or sinus surgery at the skull base. Another benefit of Biodesign graft is that it reduces the need to harvest tissue from other parts of the body for use in the repair. The Biodesign Duraplasty Graft is a product of Cook Medical (Bloomington, IN, USA), and has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

“Biodesign’s proven tissue repair technology works in different grafting procedures,” said Thomas Cherry, RN, OHNS global leader of the Cook Medical Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery (OHNS) clinical division. “We’re excited to introduce the device to otolaryngologists and expand OHNS’s Biodesign line. Because of Biodesign’s excellent handling characteristics, physicians can secure the Biodesign graft during skull-base dura mater reconstruction with or without suturing.”

“I started using Biodesign because I found it easier to handle during the endoscopic repair than competing products,” said Bradford Woodworth, MD, director of otolaryngology research at the University of Alabama (Birmingham, USA). “Although not directly measured, I feel it contributes to faster graft placement and increased operative speed.”

Related Links:

Cook Medical
University of Alabama 
 


Anetic Aid
Cincinnati Sub-Zero
ECR

Channels

Critical Care

view channel

Identification System Reduces Neonatal ICU Errors

A unique naming system reduces confusion and miscommunication in the neonatal intensive care unit (nICU), according to a new study. Developed by researchers at Montefiore Medical Center (New York, NY, USA), the naming system helps reduce near miss wrong-patient orders in the electronic medical record (EMR) by more clearly... Read more

Women's Health

view channel
Image: The Koala Toco disposable tocodynamometer (Photo courtesy of Clinical Innovations).

Disposable Dynamometer Measures Uterine Contractions

An innovative tocodynamometer utilizes air-charged technology to accurately measure uterine contractions. The Koala Toco is a single-use disposable tocodynamometer with no electronic components, making... Read more

Health IT

view channel

Doctors Claim EHRs Do Not Save Money or Time

A recent survey claims that 75% of physicians in the United States who use electronic health records (EHRs) say they are not cost- or time-effective, but do have value in terms of providing data. The Deloitte (New York, NY, USA) 2014 Survey examined US physicians’ current use and overall views of mobile health (mHealth)... Read more

Hospital News

view channel
Image: Aerial view of Fiona Stanley Hospital (Photo courtesy of the Government of Western Australia).

Fiona Stanley Hospital Opens in Southern Perth

Western Australia (WA) has officially opened its newest health care facility, the state's first new-build tertiary hospital project in more than 50 years. Fiona Stanley Hospital (FSH; Murdoch, Australia)... Read more

Business

view channel

Steris to Buy British Sterilization Services Provider Synergy Health

Steris (Mentor, OH, USA) will also shift is headquarters to a new, UK-based company, thus joining a growing list of companies that are trying to cut taxes by shifting their corporate domicile from the United States. Steris said the combined company, to be called Steris, will be incorporated in the United Kingdom, but... Read more
 
Copyright © 2000-2014 Globetech Media. All rights reserved.