ECA Medical Instruments to Showcase Single-Procedure Surgical Instruments & Kits at American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

Orthopaedic firms and hospitals can save over $1B per year with adoption of new disposable torque-limiting instruments, fixed drivers and procedural kits to secure medical device implants

AAOS 2014

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif.--()--ECA Medical Instruments, the leading designer and manufacturer of single-procedure torque-limiting and fixed-driver surgical instruments and kits for the medical industry and surgeons worldwide, will be showcasing its novel orthopaedic instruments and kits at the prestigious American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) in New Orleans from March 12 – 14. Founded in 1933, AAOS provides education and practice management services for over 36,000 member orthopaedic surgeons and allied health professionals worldwide.

ECA’s patented single-procedure or disposable instruments and sterile packed kits are designed to secure the full range of delicate to demanding procedures and implants including trauma, cranio-maxillofacial, small bone and extremity, spine and general reconstruction of hips and knees.

The industry is embracing single procedure or disposable instruments to solve lingering clinical and business problems as orthopaedic implant manufacturers move to cut costs and gain market share both in traditional and emerging markets. Disposables eliminate massive life cycle support costs to maintain legacy reusable instruments, which are now cost centers to both the ortho implant maker and hospital. In contrast, packaged in sterile kits ECA’s instruments help eliminate surgical site infection, curb cleaning and re-sterilization costs and provide guaranteed torque accuracy for every procedure.

Estimates show annual savings of greater than $400 per procedure with conversion to disposable instruments for every orthopaedic implant procedure requiring torque or more than 1.7 million surgeries. If complete procedural kits are used over $1B per year is saved by the implant firms and hospitals in the US and EU markets alone.

“ECA’s products are the way of the future for healthcare, mitigating risk and providing unprecedented competitive advantage to our customers,” said John Nino, ECA’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “The Academy (AAOS) is a great venue for us to showcase to implant makers and surgeons alike the inherent and sustained benefits of adopting single-procedure instruments and kits for their implants and patients. Our disposable instruments have the familiar feel and robust operation without the hefty price tag and life cycle costs of traditional solutions.”

Located at AAOS Booth #6955 in Hall I of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, the company will be displaying its complete line of instruments and new spinal, trauma and small bone procedural kits. ECA’s products come both sterile-ready and sterile-packed making them easy to inventory and ready to use. On display at AAOS will be:

  • Precision torque-limiting instruments and kits for precise implant fixation
  • Torque-Fast family of instruments. Plug and play precision torque-limiting handles that fit with millions of legacy AO and ¼ inch square instrument shafts and blades used in operating rooms worldwide.
  • ECA Model 225 In-Line adapter. This industry first disposable torque-limiting instrument can be attached to all popular variable speed surgical drills providing the surgeon both added safety for securing connectors and screws but also speeding implant procedures.
  • ECA’s family of fixed driver instruments using Wick Away® technology for assured grip and operation in demanding applications
  • Model 900 series of spinal fusion, general reconstruction and small bone & trauma procedural kits

About ECA Medical Instruments

ECA Medical Instruments, an American Capital company, was founded in 1979 and located in Thousand Oaks, CA. ECA is the industry leader in single-procedure torque-limiting instruments and surgical kits. The company has manufactured and delivered over 25 million precision torque instruments to the world’s leading producers of CRM, neuromodulation, cardiovascular and orthopaedic implants resulting in over 500 million precision surgical actuations. Every 22 seconds of every day an ECA torque instrument is used to secure a medical implant—one patient at a time. ECA is an ISO 13485, CE Mark certified and FDA registered company and was named Business of the Year 2012 by the Pacific Coast Business Times. Find out more at our web site at www.ecamedical.com

Contacts

ECA Medical Instruments
James B. Schultz, Executive Vice President
+1 805-376-2509 x213
jschultz@ecamedical.com

ECA's disposable torque-limiting instruments and procedural kits provide surgeons precise torque for orthopaedic implants, reduce the chance of infection and drive out over $1B in costs to implant makers, hospitals and surgical centers. ECA will present its novel single procedure surgical instruments at American Academy of Orthopaedics Surgeons (AAOS) conference March 11-15 in New Orleans.

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$1B savings to US orthopaedic market achievable with adoption of single procedure torque-limiting instrument and procedural kits from ECA Medical Instruments

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Contacts

ECA Medical Instruments
James B. Schultz, Executive Vice President
+1 805-376-2509 x213
jschultz@ecamedical.com