Sinapi biomedical was founded with the purpose to provide medical devices with clinical benefit. The devices developed and manufactured by Sinapi have as first priority a clinical or practical improvement compared to competitive products. This provides the motivation and a belief that, as a team, we are making a long term contribution towards advancing healthcare.
Furthermore, Sinapi strives to provide devices of excellent quality and reliability, managed by strict and comprehensive quality standards. We focus on providing products with the best cost benefit multiplied by quality benefit.
Sinapi is situated in the heart of South African wine country (The Boland) in the University town of Stellenbosch. Being close to the university enables us to work in conjunction with academia: either the relevant Engineering Department or Medical School.
The factory and offices are based in Stellenbosch in one of the industrial parks. Facilities consist of a Cleanroom Class 100000: (filtered air, temperature controlled, accredited) – 300sqm; Materials Handling Area; Warehouse (680sqm); Workshop with lathe and milling capabilities, office space. Total space: more than a 1000 sqm. A 15cbm ETO sterilization plant was ISO 11135 certified in the second half of 2014.
FIELDS OF EXPERTISE
CHEST DRAINAGE: Existing chest drainage devices are heavy and bulky and have to be kept upright. Sinapi was tasked by Cardio-Thoracic and Trauma surgeons to develop a more compact chest drainage device that enables greater patient mobility while still suiting all applications of draining chest fluids i.e. after heart surgery, lung surgery, trauma surgery, etc.
During development we discovered another major advantage in that our dry-seal valve (the Scheffler valve) is more efficient than existing systems (water seal or dry seal), allowing faster evacuation of blood and air from the chest. This shortens chest drainage time, enables faster removal of the chest catheter and improves patient outcome.
CUP FEEDING: The World Health Organization stipulates that baby bottles are not allowed in hospitals as these do not promote breast feeding, are technically difficult to clean and can therefore cause diarrhoea. Cup feeding is suggested to support exclusive breast feeding (expressed breast milk) or exclusive replacement feeding (as safer alternative to bottle feeding). Together with the Department of Neonatology (Groote Schuur Academic Hospital) and specifically Prof David Woods, Sinapi developed a cup in which to safely store, mix and give feeds.
Together with the Department of Neonatology (Groote Schuur Academic Hospital) and specifically Prof David Woods, Sinapi developed a cup in which to safely store, mix and administer feeds. The Department of Nutrition, Western Cape, supported and funded the initial development. As a team of three players we proceeded with the development and evaluation of the Sinapi Feeding Cup. The Sinapi Feeding Cup was launched in 2007 and today it is used by many hospitals in all provinces of South Africa.
URINARY DRAINAGE: A urine meter is used to measure fluid output of critically ill patients where accurate measurements are required. It is used in all Intensive Care Units. The product specification of the Sinapi Urine Meter was essentially developed by Registered Nurses working in the clinical setting (ICU and HCU) and those in consultative capacities with regard to Infection control. Aspects related to product safety, user interface and infection control were considered.
The SUM has a 500 ml rigid reservoir, large bag and a Germ guard tap. The one-hand-operated taps were specifically designed to prevent contamination of the operator when emptying the device as well as retrograde infection to the patient. Furthermore, the bag is situated behind the rigid reservoir reducing the height of the device and consequently the chances of the product being in touch with the floor.