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A New Medical Device for Safely Managing Dangerous Fluids

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(NewsUSA) - One problem that hospitals, dentist offices, and other medical facilities face is safely disposing of the large amounts of fluids that are produced during surgeries and other medical procedures.

These fluids include blood, urine, spinal fluid, and the saline solutions used to irrigate wounds and surgical incisions. Since they may contain pathogens such as HIV or hepatitis, they can be dangerous.

The standard method for managing fluids is suctioning them up into canisters, typically about three liters each. Once full, the canisters are opened, and the fluid is dumped down the drain. That can expose medical workers to the infectious agents in the fluid. And given that a single surgery can fill up three or four containers, the risks can be substantial.

That's why some hospitals have moved to install a medical device that can suck the fluid out of the canisters directly into the drain, with no pouring needed. However, that still requires the canisters to be carted around by workers to connect them into the medical device.

Now there's a better approach, a completely automated medical device developed by Skyline Medical (NASDAQ:SKLN). Called STREAMWAY and approved by the FDA, this innovative medical device suctions fluids from the patient directly to a unit mounted on the wall that's hooked up to the sewer system. The fluids go through a filter, then are put directly down the drain.

This new medical device thus virtually eliminates the possibility that doctors, nurses, and other medical staffers will be exposed to pathogens in the fluid. The device is completely safe because infectious agents are quickly neutralized at the sewage treatment facility.

Skyline's potential has caught the attention of the others in the biomedical community.

Skyline announced the signing of a definitive agreement to merge with San Antonio-based CytoBioscience, a maker of devices and instruments used for human research that measure the way cells react to drugs.