BiPAD® OPPORTUNITY

Sometimes a small change can have
a transformative impact on usability.
 
And when this happens,
opportunity presents itself.

BiPAD® Opportunity

BiPAD® invented and patented the first practical hand switch for bipolar forceps electrocautery - an instrument used to stop bleeding in tens of millions of surgeries every year.

The Secret

The BiPAD® hand switch is built into the consumable cord used to connect the forceps to the electrocautery generator. Every open surgery that uses bipolar forceps electrocautery also uses a sterile cord to connect the forceps to the generator, see the blue cord in the images, below left.​

Click here if you would like an explanation of electrocautery:   What is electrocautery?

The critical design decision required to create a practical forceps hand switch is the integration of the switch into the cord used in every surgery that employs bipolar forceps (shown in blue, see left).

BiPAD® created a revolutionary hand switch for bipolar forceps, but the product is a universal cord that supports both its unique hand switch and a standard foot pedal.

A conventional cord is to the right.

The BiPAD® universal cord is below. Similar price with upgraded functionality.

CURRENT CORD
This consumable blue cord is currently used to connect bipolar forceps to the generator and requires a foot pedal for activation.
 
The blue cord is sold sterile in a peel pack. Forceps sold separately.
BiPAD Consumable Cord with integrated hand switch and adjustable, detachable electrocautery as packaged in a sterile peel pack.

Eight reasons why BiPAD will disrupt the bipolar forceps consumable cord market.

Reason # 1: BiPAD® solves a cricially important problem.


“Electrocautery is arguably the single most-used surgical technique, yet it is perhaps the least understood and least appreciated by surgeons." Surgery cannot be performed without bipolar electrocautery. And soon, because of BiPAD®, no surgeon will have to tolerate searching for a foot pedal everytime they need to cauterize a bleeding vessel.




Reason #2: Existing cord technology is in the public domain.


There is no Intellectual Property for most existing electrocautery cords. BiPAD®, Inc. and BiPAD® Surgical, will introduce new IP in this product line and this will allow for premium pricing and market dominance.




Reason #3: BiPAD® is the first practical hand switch.


BiPAD® is practical because it is integrated into the cord required to connect the forceps to the generator. The unique, ergonomically designed curved actuator arm fits the inner curve of the surgeon's finger allowing the surgeon to hold the forceps in the usual manner. Therefore the learning curve is negligible.




Reason #4: BiPAD® saves time & money.


Less time searching for a foot pedal or having a nurse reposition the foot pedal means less OR time at $100/minute. (BiPAD® commissioned operating room staff survey indicating that staff must move the foot pedal for the surgeon 2.4x per surgery.) (ref x)




Reason #5: BiPAD® reduces blood loss.


Less time searching for a foot pedal to activate electrocautery means less blood loss. (ref x)




Reason #6: BiPAD® is safer.


Bipolar forceps have never caused an operating room fire, monopolar electrocautery is the main cause of such fires. Further, monopolar cannot be used in patients with pacemakers, CNS stimulators and other implants. As populations age, more and more surgeries will be performed with bipolar electrocautery and without monopolar electrocautery.




Reason #7: BiPAD® Reduces Surgeon & Staff Fatigue


Bipolar forceps are used dozens of times per surgery. Not having to look for a foot pedal before every activation reduces physician fatigue.




Reason #8: The BiPAD® disposable cord will retail for about the same price as an the conventional disposable cord it will replace.


BiPAD® is a hand switch but the hand switch is part of the disposable cord used to connect the forceps to the generator. As such, the BiPAD® cord replaces a cord that is already purchased by almost every hospital for most of their surgeries. There is no need for new CMS codes. And no clinical data is required for 510K certification. BiPAD® universal cords will replace all current foot-switched bipolar cords because our cords will initially retail at equivalent price but with upgraded functionality.





Watch a one-minute video below describing the BiPAD invention.

In Summary

BiPAD®  is a simple, elegant device for hand-activation of most bipolar electrocautery forceps using most bipolar generators.

BiPAD®  will improve efficiency and safety and reduce surgeon fatigue.
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The BiPAD®  product is a sterile cable that connects the forceps to the electrocautery generator.​​​

 

BiPAD®  is not a forceps. 


BiPAD®  is not an electrocautery generator.

BiPAD®  is a patented, unique cord with an ingeniously integrated hand switch that replaces the conventional cord at an equivalent price.
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The BiPAD®  cord allows surgeons to use a foot pedal but liberates their feet by providing a hand switch.

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