Innovative geko™ device increases blood flow to prevent life threatening blood clots and to manage post-operative and trauma based swelling.
Sky Medical Technology (Sky), a UK-based medical device manufacturer, today announced the inclusion of its flagship product, the geko™ device, on a U.S. Veterans Health Administration (VA) Federal Supply Schedule (FSS) contract awarded to its federal distribution partner, Marathon Medical Inc.
The wearable, clinically proven geko™ is a small, battery powered, disposable, neuromuscular electro-stimulation device, that is applied non-invasively to the skin over the common peroneal nerve at the side of the knee. Small electrical pulses gently stimulates the nerve, once every second, activating the calf and foot muscle pumps resulting in increased blood flow in the deep veins of the calf, at rate equal to 60% of continuous walking without the patient having to move. The increase in blood flow prevents venous thromboembolism (VTE – blood clots), reduces pre-operative trauma-based swelling and prevents and treats the build-up of post-operative swelling.
The Contract award number #36F79718D0321 enables the VA and other federal organizations to purchase the FDA-cleared geko™ device at pre-approved pricing via the Marathon Medical Federal Supply Schedule (FSS) contract, or via the GSA Advantage Online Catalog. Additionally the Department of Defense has included the product on DAPA contract number #SP0200-13-H-0003.
“Adding the geko™ device to our supply schedule to help the VA hospitals prevent Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) and manage post-operative and trauma-based swelling, makes perfect sense,” says Jon Landis, COO, Marathon Medical. “Blood clots affect more than 900,000 American citizens each year, and 3 in 10 people who suffer a blood clot will have another episode within 10 years. Edema, the medical term for swelling, a huge and until now more silent burden, with few tools to address the complication, can delay surgical fixation, impede wound closure, decrease muscle strength and stall rehabilitation[6,7]. We are therefore extremely proud to provide federally-operated hospitals access to an innovation that can help address these significant medical challenges.”
“We share in this excitement,” says Bernard Ross, Sky Founder and CEO. “The VA is the largest Integrated health network in the USA, treating in excess of 9 million veterans annually, at 171 VA hospitals and 1,454 health care facilities. We plan to serve this health system alongside Marathon to grow geko™ device awareness and market access. Our partnership with Marathon and the inclusion of the geko™ device on the FSS contract, enables our commitment to help those who serve and have served their country and their families. It is our hope that that we can make a positive impact on the lives of veterans to prevent life threatening blood clots and to manage swelling complications related to surgery and trauma.”
In the USA the geko™ device is cleared for the following indications: