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New orthopaedic power equipment for hospital

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MidCentral DHB has purchased a new fleet of orthopaedic power tools for hip, knee, trauma and other surgery.

Phillip Prujean, Charge Nurse Orthopaedics, Urology & Acute Theatres, said: “This delivery is so important for us – we are all very happy, from surgeons to those involved in the sterilising process. This is top of the line technology and will be used every day, starting this Monday. It should see us through another five to eight years or more.”

Included in the shipment from REM Systems Ltd, an Auckland-based supplier, are power drills, oscillating saws and micro power tools.  Also purchased are a perforator and burs for life saving emergency cranial surgery performed by General Surgery. While the cost of the shipment remains confidential, Prujean said it was significant capital expenditure.

Prujean said: “These instruments were manufactured in the United States and represent a real advance in medical technology. We will get a quicker turnaround through the daily use process as well as better durability. They are designed to be far more manageable in terms of space taken up on the scrub nurses’ trolleys and are better able to withstand sterilising.”

The process to buy the new fleet took over a year. Prujean said: “It was a real team effort. I want to thank the DHB for funding the purchase, our contracts department especially for the robust, transparent and fair process to make this happen. Also the Orthopaedic Surgeons, Sterilising Department and nurses who were engaged in the trial.  Examination of the various tenders by the staff involved was time-consuming but in the end we are confident we have selected the best option.”

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