World’s First Surgical Vending Machine

Xenco Medical, a company that makes disposable spinal tools and implants, is unveiling a vending machine for tracking and dispensing these devices. Clinicians have a huge touchscreen display to choose what they’d like to retrieve out of the machine. The same display can be used to get some specs on the various devices and watch tutorials on how to use them.

The machine spits out pre-packaged sterile devices that are ready to ago as soon as they’re properly opened in the OR. The company believes that in addition to avoiding any potential for infection, the instruments will save time, clinical space normally devoted to autoclaving, and money, by using its composite polymer devices.

Some details about Xenco’s devices, according to the company:

Leveraging advanced materials science, the composite polymer spinal systems by Xenco Medical include the company’s SETx Cervical Interbody and Plate System, Pedicle Screw System, Posterior Cervical System, and Lumbar Interbody system. Unlike traditional, metal instruments that are reused in hundreds of patients until a mechanical failure, Xenco Medical’s single-use systems are perfectly calibrated and sterile-packaged for patient-specific use. Made from a highly reinforced composite polymer, Xenco Medical’s single-use spinal systems have previously made news for outperforming metal in maintaining structural integrity.

Link: Xenco Medical home page…