Sometimes a small change can have
a transformative impact on usability.
And when this happens,
opportunity presents itself.
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 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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
Watch a one-minute video below describing the BiPAD invention.
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.
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.
The BiPAD® cord allows surgeons to use a foot pedal but liberates their feet by providing a hand switch.