BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Aug. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- WoundZipper® is an innovative wound closure device, which incorporates magnets to effectively close wounds. Intended primarily for emergency department use, the device is designed by a board-certified emergency department physician, Dr. Moustafa H. Moustafa.
WoundZipper® employs powerful, flexible magnets encased in a proprietary medical-grade coating, designed to adhere to each side of the wound using a hypoallergenic adhesive. The WoundZipper® can be employed to close wounds in a fraction of the time required using conventional methods. Unlike sutures, staples, and steri strips, WoundZipper® achieves uniform closure along the entire wound to speed healing and reduce scarring. It takes less than a minute to apply, does not require local anesthetic, and is painless.
"What I have witnessed in the emergency department many times is a couple with a small child who has a laceration that is bleeding," Dr. Moustafa said. "The child is upset, the parents are upset, but because it's not life-threatening, staff do not consider it a high priority. This results in frustration for all involved. I designed WoundZipper® to offer an instant solution."
"WoundZipper® makes the process of treating and healing a wound fast and effective and increases medical provider efficiency," Moustafa said. "The magnets are pre-aligned as part of the package unit. This provides instant wound approximation since the magnets are immediately attracted to each other as soon as the removable layer is taken away."
- Faster than staples or sutures.
- Less traumatic for infants and children. No painful injection.
- Easy to inspect the wound and reclose.
- Perfect for high anxiety emergencies.
- No disposable accessories.
As a new wound closure solution, WoundZipper® has been selected for inclusion in the IncubatED program at the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) conference, Oct. 29-Nov. 1 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington D.C. The IncubatED program showcases incubator and/or early-stage healthcare products in the emergency department.
Note: November 8, 2016, the U.S. Patent Office granted United States Patent No. 9,486,217 and on July 4, 2017, Patent No. 9,693,776 B1 for the WoundZipper®™
The WoundZipper® has not been cleared for commercialization in the United States.
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