Why others have failed to achieve market penetration:
We know of two attempts to market a hand switch for bipolar forceps electrocautery:
1) by Kirwin. Switch mounted to forceps connector prongs. No longer marketed.
2) by ConMed - Proximity switch activates when forceps are compressed. Commercially available but not a large market success.
Based on two years of research and development for the BiPAD hand switch, with over fifty prototypes, and over one hundred surgeons surveyed, we can tell you why they these two products failed to provide a practical hand-switch for most surgeons:
The BiPAD design, in contrast:
1. Works with any forceps.
2. Works with any generator.
3. Replaces the disposable cord with an equivalently priced disposable cord. (The cord connects the forceps with the electrocautery generator.)
4. Does not require a "special cord" for the hand switch in the sense that our cord can be used in exactly the same way as the conventional cord and is meant to replace that cord.
5. Activates ONLY when the surgeon decides to activate electrocautery current.
6. Can be used with or without a foot pedal.
7. has a hand switch that can be added or removed during surgery as many times as needed.
8. When the hand switch is removed from the cord, the cord feels and functions just like a conventional cord.
9. Is disposable.
10. Is as inexpensive as the standard cord.
11. Does not interfere with the way a surgeon normally holds the forceps
12. Allows for multiple different contact arms as needed.