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21 March 12 - Sky Medical's Geko endorsed in Australia for preventing DVT


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SkyMed's geko™, a wrist-watch sized, self-adhesive medical device with no wires or leads, worn behind the knee and designed to increase blood circulation through neuromuscular electro–stimulation to the common peroneal nerve, has been endorsed by Westmead Hospital, New South Wales, as an important new development in the prevention of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT).

Following a recent clinical assessment doctors there now believe the geko™ may be the answer to preventing DVT in patients for whom the more traditional pharmacological and mechanical methods of prevention are unsuitable.

Professor John Fletcher, Professor of Surgery at the University of Sydney and Westmead Hospital who ran the clinical assessment over a two month period in 2011 together with Dr Kerry Hitos, commented "The device was well received by staff, is easy to use and was both comfortable and well tolerated by the patients. We feel its best application would also be for those patients deemed unsuitable for pharmacological or mechanical methods, which is definitely currently an un-met need.

The geko™ is a simple to use, ‘one size fits all' device that fits to the back of the knee and gently activates micro-contractions of the calf muscle pumps of the lower leg. Activated by the press of a button it increases blood flow back towards the heart and emulates up to 70%of the blood flow rate normally achieved through walking, without having to move or exert energy.

A full article and SkyMed's YouTube video about the geko™ are available here.

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