Medical Areas at a glance
The medical device industry has developed a vast array of medical appliances that enhance the quality of life of millions of people all over the world. Broadly defined, medical devices comprise any kind of instrument, material or item that the manufacturer intended to use for prevention, diagnosis or treatment of a disease. In line with their purpose and to match most patients’ needs, medical devices are available in a wide range of sizes and designs. BENION has specialised in medical devices in the following areas:
Wound care devices include disposable products applicable for use on either acute or chronic wounds. Different kinds of dressings both with or without topical antimicrobial agents are available. In particular, chronic wounds usually manifest symptoms of underlying conditions that require an integrated treatment approach. Modern wound care products are categorized into different groups in many countries, which is of relevance for reimbursement systems, too.
Orthopaedics focuses on the diagnosis and treatment, including surgery, of the musculoskeletal system. Relevant medical devices are designed to treat degenerative conditions, sports injuries, tumours, and congenital dysfunctions, to enable joint reconstruction, and provide trauma fixation devices.
Surgery represents a generic area of practice that covers e.g. orthopaedic, urological, and dermatological surgery where medical devices and associated consumables may be used.
Dermatology & Biologicals
Medical devices within the area of dermatology comprise products for both medical and cosmetic pur-poses. An array of lotions, sprays and ointments as well as electronic devices such as phototherapy lamps, der-matology lasers, cryosurgery units, and skin biopsy punches are included.
Antimicrobials can be divided into disinfectants, an-tiseptics and antibiotics. Antimicrobials are available in the form of, creams, sprays, foams, gels, rinses, oint-ments, pads, sheets and powders. Antimicrobial wound dressings can be impregnated with a range of agents, including silver, polyhexamethylene biguanide (PHMB) and other agents. Regulatory approval may prove to be a challenge in several countries.
Rehabilitation appliances seem to represent the most visible group of medical devices. These can be categorised into: mobility equipment (e.g. wheelchairs and walking as-sist devices), exercise equipment (for lower and upper body), body support devices (e.g. medical lifting slings) and daily living aids (e.g. bathroom and toilet assist devices).
Vascular medicine is concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and surgery of the vascular system, which in-cludes everything involving veins and arteries. Cardiovas-cular medical devices, for instance, include artificial heart valves, coronary stents, and endovascular grafts.
Urology represents the branch of medicine that specialises in diseases of the male and female urinary tract, and of the reproductive tract of males. Urologists often collaborate with oncologists and colorectal sur-geons, so the range of medical devices also covers pro-ducts required for minimally invasive robotic and lapa-roscopic surgery, laser-assisted surgery, and other scope-guided procedures.
Medical devices within the area of radiology com-prise all kinds of materials, consumables, implements and machines that are concerned with the application of radiant energy (such as X-rays) or radioactive material in the diagnosis and treatment of different diseases.
Consumables describe regularly used medical de-vices that are either to be disposed of after one applica-tion (e.g. surgical gloves, compresses), or that can be re-used after cleansing (e.g. doctor’s coat) or sterilisation (e.g. surgical instruments).