With this move, public hospitals across the country India can now access the geko™ device to prevent life-threatening blood clots, treat complications related to swelling after orthopedic surgery, and heal chronic wounds (leg ulcers).
DARESBURY, England, April 6, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Sky Medical Technology Ltd (Sky), a UK-based medical device manufacturer and parent company of Firstkind Ltd, today announced the availability of its lead product, the geko™ device, on the government of India e-Marketplace (GeM) Procurement Portal, under Product ID 8778588-83575686384, Gem Catalog ID 5116877-12688567087
Launched in August 2016, the GeM Portal is an online marketplace platform to facilitate the procurement of goods and services by various government departments and agencies. It aims to improve the transparency, efficiency and speed of public procurement of goods and services.
The portable, clinically proven geko™ device – now listed on GeM – is a small, battery-powered disposable neuromuscular electrical stimulation therapy that is applied non-invasively to the skin over the common peroneal nerve on the side of the knee. Small electrical pulses gently stimulate the nerve, once per second, activating muscle pumps in the calf and foot, which leads to increased blood flow in the deep veins1 of the calf, at a pace equal to 60% of continuous walking2 without a patient having to move. Increased blood flow prevents venous thromboembolism3 (VTE – blood clots), reduces postoperative and traumatic swelling4.5 and promotes the healing of wounds (leg ulcers)6.
On the other side India, the incidence of VTE is comparable to that of Western countries. The risk is particularly high in hospitalized patients, in the majority of whom VTE is clinically silent and one of the most common causes of unplanned readmission and preventable death.7. Edema, the medical term for swelling, is also a silent burden with few tools to treat the complication, which can delay surgical fixation, prevent wound closure, decrease muscle strength and rehabilitation of stalls.8.9 However, perhaps the greatest burden, considered a silent epidemic, is the burden of chronic wounds. It is difficult to correctly assess the extent of the suffering caused by leg ulcers in a country of more than 1.2 billion inhabitants. One study, however, estimated the prevalence at 4.5 per 1000 in the populationten.
“We are delighted that government hospitals around the world India can now benefit from a streamlined supply of geko™ devices through GeM, to address these important medical challenges,” said Bernard Ross, Founder and CEO of Sky. “GeM’s listing marks the start of a very exciting journey for Sky. The online platform is a dynamic marketplace, offering transparency, efficiency and speed. It is comforting to know that thousands of patients who visit public hospitals can now benefit from the prescribed use of the geko™ device for better clinical outcomes and recovery.
About Sky Medical Technology Ltd
Sky Medical Technology, the parent company of Firstkind Ltd, is a UK-based medical device company. Through its innovative neuromuscular electrical stimulation mechanism, Sky has developed a revolutionary, non-invasive technology platform, OnPulse™, integrated into its industry-leading brand, the geko™ device. Sky’s products are suitable for different areas of medical application, sold through strategic partnerships or distributors in each area of clinical application. Clinical areas of interest include preventing life-threatening blood clots, complications related to swelling before and after general and orthopedic surgery, and vascular conditions related to wound healing (leg ulcers). The goal of each pathway is to partner with healthcare professionals for better patient outcomes and better patient care while saving healthcare system resources. www.skymedtech.com
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