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New biologic solution makes use of a patient’s own blood to assist the healing process

Smith & Nephew Orthopaedics : 05 March, 2008  (New Product)
Smith & Nephew's Orthopaedic Trauma & Clinical Therapies business has launched the Caption Disposable Platelet Concentration System to the US market.
The Caption system simplifies and speeds the collection of platelet rich concentrate (PRC) and eliminates cross-contamination risks.

Surgical staff can use the Caption system to concentrate the platelets from a sample of the patient’s blood. Platelets are round cell fragments in the blood that are responsible for initiation of the body’s natural healing process. When the concentrated platelets are applied to the surgical site, they may help jump-start the body’s natural healing response.

The Caption system creates a PRC of up to four times the original level and takes 40 percent less time than standard centrifugation. Furthermore, the disposable Caption system arrives sterile and all materials are disposed after use, eliminating the risk of cross-contamination. The PRC made by the Caption system consists of platelet cells suspended in a proprietary solution.

'Until now the preparation of platelet rich concentrate has been burdensome for my surgical staff,” said Dr Steven Moran from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Maine, USA. “Fortunately, the new Caption system allows for the simple and rapid collection of platelet rich concentrate, without the hassle of a centrifuge.'

Smith & Nephew scientists and innovation teams based at the company’s Research Centre in York, UK, and at the Orthopaedic Trauma & Clinical Therapies global business unit in Memphis, Tennessee, USA, have developed the Caption system.

“We are proud to be able to offer this new technology to our customers. The product application is universal because platelets naturally aid in the healing process of multiple tissue types,” said Mark Augusti, president of Smith & Nephew Orthopaedic Trauma & Clinical Therapies. “Caption is also a great example of what great things two cutting-edge teams can accomplish for the good of our customers and their patients.”

The Caption system joins the company’s biologic portfolio, which includes the Exogen 4000+ Ultrasound bone healing system and Supartz treatment the world’s number one joint fluid therapy for pain reduction of the knee.
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