Steris Corporation and NeoForce Group Sign Collaboration Agreement to Broaden Surgical Solution Options for World’s Smallest Patients



– STERIS Corporation (NYSE: STE) and NeoForce Group, Inc. (Ivyland, PA) today announced their agreement to jointly promote the world’s first dedicated surgical system for term and preterm newborns. The new system includes a dedicated neonatal surgical table, customized visualization and integration technology, full procedural capability, and enhanced connectivity to families and medical professionals outside the room.

In the unique environment of the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), it is better to locate the surgical environment near the babies rather than to try to adapt an adult OR suite into a mini NICU and transport a fragile newborn there. In 2008, NeoForce began working with the medical staff at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio to design a surgical table system that could address the unique needs and challenges surgeons face when performing surgery on the world’s smallest patients. STERIS was called into the project to integrate high performance lighting, visualization and connectivity technologies with the table. The resulting collaboration led to a wholistic neonatal surgical solution.

"As we developed our Rainbow Flex

™ Surgical Table, we had to assure that our designs would harmonize with the other devices in the OR. STERIS caught our attention with their superior lighting, integration and casework solutions," commented Otho Boone, president of NeoForce. "Working with STERIS in a cooperative framework brings the strengths of both companies together for the ultimate benefit of our customers and their tiny patients."
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