The company is the first to develop and supply the product, which allows ENT consultants and clinicians to remove foreign bodies from patients’ throats – substantially reducing the need for costly surgery and overnight hospital stays.
A Medical Disposables’ spokesman said, “We are the only company to market these forceps and they save the NHS valuable time and money in removing fish and chicken bone fragments and foreign bodies from the neck, within ENT Outpatients Departments or treatment rooms.
“As a result, patients are far less likely to enter operating theatres, with all the associated costs, and patients experience a swifter turnaround, reducing their discomfort and distress.
“Other instruments commonly used (Tilley’s and Magill) in UK hospitals are not designed specifically for bone fragment removal. We were approached by a major teaching hospital who identified the need for these specialist forceps to be engineered.”
As a result of this request from the Royal Hallamshire Teaching Hospital in Sheffield, the forceps are now manufactured and supplied in boxes of 10, in two variants, catering for both left and right jaw openings.
They are specially designed to cope with the fact that foreign objects, such as bone fragments, quickly become slippery with mucous and product advantages include a secure grip, good visibility and flexibility.