Trulife Ltd. of Dublin 24 at MEDICA 2017 in Düsseldorf -- COMPAMED Trade Fair
Manufacturers

Trulife Ltd.

Airton Road, Tallaght, Dublin 24
Ireland

Telephone +353 1 4511755
Fax +353 1 4275790
info@trulife.com

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Our range of products

Product categories

  • 01  Electromedical equipment / Medical Technology
  • 01.03  Therapie and physical medicine
  • 01.03.03  Implants and protheses

Implants and protheses

  • 01  Electromedical equipment / Medical Technology
  • 01.03  Therapie and physical medicine
  • 01.03.03  Implants and protheses
  • 01.03.03.01  Orthotic devices for arms, fitted parts and accessories

Orthotic devices for arms, fitted parts and accessories

  • 01  Electromedical equipment / Medical Technology
  • 01.03  Therapie and physical medicine
  • 01.03.03  Implants and protheses
  • 01.03.03.02  Orthotic devices for legs

Orthotic devices for legs

  • 01  Electromedical equipment / Medical Technology
  • 01.03  Therapie and physical medicine
  • 01.03.03  Implants and protheses
  • 01.03.03.04  Breast prostheses

Breast prostheses

  • 01  Electromedical equipment / Medical Technology
  • 01.03  Therapie and physical medicine
  • 01.03.03  Implants and protheses
  • 01.03.03.05  Orthotic devices for necks

Orthotic devices for necks

  • 01  Electromedical equipment / Medical Technology
  • 01.03  Therapie and physical medicine
  • 01.03.03  Implants and protheses
  • 01.03.03.08  Orthotic devices for feet, artificial feet

Orthotic devices for feet, artificial feet

  • 01  Electromedical equipment / Medical Technology
  • 01.03  Therapie and physical medicine
  • 01.03.03  Implants and protheses
  • 01.03.03.10  Orthotic devices for hands

Orthotic devices for hands

  • 01  Electromedical equipment / Medical Technology
  • 01.03  Therapie and physical medicine
  • 01.03.03  Implants and protheses
  • 01.03.03.16  Orthotic devices for hips

Orthotic devices for hips

  • 01  Electromedical equipment / Medical Technology
  • 01.03  Therapie and physical medicine
  • 01.03.03  Implants and protheses
  • 01.03.03.20  Knee and calf fitted parts and accessories

Knee and calf fitted parts and accessories

  • 01  Electromedical equipment / Medical Technology
  • 01.03  Therapie and physical medicine
  • 01.03.03  Implants and protheses
  • 01.03.03.31  Orthotic devices for trunk, trunk corsets

Orthotic devices for trunk, trunk corsets

  • 01  Electromedical equipment / Medical Technology
  • 01.03  Therapie and physical medicine
  • 01.03.03  Implants and protheses
  • 01.03.03.34  Other prostheses and orthotic devices

Other prostheses and orthotic devices

  • 01  Electromedical equipment / Medical Technology
  • 01.05  Operating technology and equipment
  • 01.05.01  Surgery Room Equipment

Surgery Room Equipment

  • 01  Electromedical equipment / Medical Technology
  • 01.05  Operating technology and equipment
  • 01.05.01  Surgery Room Equipment
  • 01.05.01.17  Operating supports

Operating supports

  • 04  Physiotherapy / Orthopaedic Technology
  • 04.02  Bandages (Physiotherapy / Orthopaedic Technology)

Bandages (Physiotherapy / Orthopaedic Technology)

  • 04  Physiotherapy / Orthopaedic Technology
  • 04.02  Bandages (Physiotherapy / Orthopaedic Technology)
  • 04.02.04  Hip protectors

Hip protectors

  • 04  Physiotherapy / Orthopaedic Technology
  • 04.02  Bandages (Physiotherapy / Orthopaedic Technology)
  • 04.02.05  Compression and support stockings and tights

Compression and support stockings and tights

  • 04  Physiotherapy / Orthopaedic Technology
  • 04.02  Bandages (Physiotherapy / Orthopaedic Technology)
  • 04.02.06  Abdominal binders

Abdominal binders

  • 04  Physiotherapy / Orthopaedic Technology
  • 04.02  Bandages (Physiotherapy / Orthopaedic Technology)
  • 04.02.07  Back support aids, support bandages and corsets

Back support aids, support bandages and corsets

  • 04  Physiotherapy / Orthopaedic Technology
  • 04.05  Walking and mobility aids

Walking and mobility aids

  • 04  Physiotherapy / Orthopaedic Technology
  • 04.05  Walking and mobility aids
  • 04.05.03  Aids for walking and standing, and other aids

Aids for walking and standing, and other aids

  • 04  Physiotherapy / Orthopaedic Technology
  • 04.05  Walking and mobility aids
  • 04.05.04  Walking frames

Walking frames

  • 04  Physiotherapy / Orthopaedic Technology
  • 04.05  Walking and mobility aids
  • 04.05.05  Walking sticks, crutches and accessories

Walking sticks, crutches and accessories

  • 04  Physiotherapy / Orthopaedic Technology
  • 04.05  Walking and mobility aids
  • 04.05.07  Protection bandages

Protection bandages

  • 04  Physiotherapy / Orthopaedic Technology
  • 04.08  Physiotherapeutic mobility aids

Physiotherapeutic mobility aids

  • 04  Physiotherapy / Orthopaedic Technology
  • 04.08  Physiotherapeutic mobility aids
  • 04.08.14  Multi functional training equipments

Multi functional training equipments

  • 04  Physiotherapy / Orthopaedic Technology
  • 04.08  Physiotherapeutic mobility aids
  • 04.08.16  Physiotherapy equipment

Physiotherapy equipment

  • 04  Physiotherapy / Orthopaedic Technology
  • 04.12  Rehabilitation equipment and devices

Rehabilitation equipment and devices

  • 04  Physiotherapy / Orthopaedic Technology
  • 04.13  Wheelchairs

Wheelchairs

  • 04  Physiotherapy / Orthopaedic Technology
  • 04.13  Wheelchairs
  • 04.13.02  Pillows for wheelchairs

Pillows for wheelchairs

  • 05  Commodities and Consumer Goods
  • 05.02  Universal medical commodities

Universal medical commodities

  • 05  Commodities and Consumer Goods
  • 05.02  Universal medical commodities
  • 05.02.14  Patient support systems

Patient support systems

  • 05  Commodities and Consumer Goods
  • 05.05  Decubitus prevention products

Decubitus prevention products

  • 05  Commodities and Consumer Goods
  • 05.05  Decubitus prevention products
  • 05.05.01  Anti decubitus systems and support for positioning for patients

Anti decubitus systems and support for positioning for patients

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Sep 28, 2017

Drop Foot Solution – The Matrix Range

What is Drop Foot?
Drop Foot is a condition that affects a person’s ability to raise the front part of the foot and toes because there is a weakness of ankle dorsiflexion or a paralysis of the muscles. It can have a major impact on the quality of life for a patient suffering from the condition. Drop foot causes patients to drag their foot behind them as they walk or compensate by lifting their knee higher – this can lead to patients tripping and hurting themselves.

Drop foot usually only affects one foot, but it is possible for both to be affected. It is often a sign of an underlying problem and can be caused by a brain disorder or spinal damage or by muscular or nerve damage.

Common causes include:

Nerve Injury
  • most common
  • compression of the nerve
Brain or Spinal Cord Disorders
  • neurological conditions
  • stroke, multiple sclerosis
  • cerebral palsy
Muscle Disorders
  • muscular dystrophy, polio
  • amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
Managing Drop Foot
Unfortunately, studies have shown that often the condition can go untreated with patients because they never seek a proper diagnosis or explore the various treatment options open to them, despite the fact that help is available and can be effective – from standard/thermoplastic AFOs such as the Trulife Sure Step Lite AFO to Dynamic AFOs like the Trulife Matrix Range.  Medical therapy and surgical options are available when the condition is more pronounced. OCR International’s research revealed that 99% of adults in the USA do not currently wear an AFO to help them walk normally. AFOs can greatly improve a patient’s quality of life.

Treatment will depend on the cause of the condition.  There are several options available to patients, such as:

  • Ankle foot orthosis
  • Physiotherapy
  • Nerve stimulation
  • Surgery
The most common approach to tackling drop foot is to wear a standard ankle-foot orthosis. Physiotherapy and exercise can help strengthen the muscles in the lower leg and ankle and improve a patient’s gait over time. Nerve stimulation is possible by electrically stimulating the peroneal nerve during footfall to help raise the foot. Where patients have permanent loss of the ability to move the foot, surgery may be needed but this is generally only in severe cases.

The goal of any treatment plan is to help the patient achieve a regular gait cycle.

How Effective are AFOs?
Generally speaking, bracing with an ankle foot orthosis is helpful in all cases of drop foot and allows a patient to move more freely. AFOs help control the position and motion of the ankle, correcting its function by providing support to compensate for any weakness.

The primary purpose of an AFO is to provide increased dorsiflexion during the swing phase of the gait cycle and to increase the stability of the patient during stance. This gives greater levels of comfort and safety for the user.

Standard/Thermoplastic AFOs are the most common form of treatment for drop foot that we see being used today. They do, however, have their limitations in that they can be quite rigid on the ankle, have poor energy storage and do not assist your gait to the same levels as Dynamic response AFOs.

Our Solution – The Matrix Range of Dynamic Response AFOs
Trulife has extensive expertise in designing and developing lower extremity orthotic products and we have a solution for drop foot that continues to prove extremely popular with patients and practitioners.

Our Matrix Range of products are constructed from a carbon and glass fiber composite that provides a very comfortable drop foot solution. The full range is extremely lightweight making it much easier to adapt to and that is hassle-free to use. The Matrix range provides a smooth transition from heel strike to toe-off and can significantly improve a patient’s gait, allowing them to load the device upon heel strike, resulting in an efficient spring energy return that propels the foot. The range is also built to last and is very durable.

The Matrix Range allows the clinician the ultimate in clinical choice; all activity levels and conditions are catered for. The Matrix range of products is made in a variety of standard sizes that are both trimmable and adjustable.

See more details on our website.

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Sep 26, 2017

Trulife Launches ReCover

Reconstruction and Post Surgery Solutions
The percentage of patients who have undergone reconstruction increased from approx. 26% in 2005 to 43% in 2014.  Recent studies show that the majority of women were happy with their decision to undergo surgery; this is largely due to the extensive advances in breast surgery in recent years, and the number of surgery options now available.

One such option is Staged Breast Reconstruction. Many women choose to have this type of surgery following mastectomy or lumpectomy. Given the nature of staged reconstruction there will always be a period of time a woman has to wait between each surgery; this can be anywhere from three months to a year depending on the patient. This is a challenging time, with few suitable solutions available between each stage, until now. 

Discover ReCover; is a beautifully designed range of products for staged reconstruction.
The ReCover range offers removable layers of soft silicone to provide adjustable fullness, and projection. Each product provides a gentle and comfortable fit, helping the patient feel more natural, during the multiple stages of reconstruction.

Testimonials:

“I barely feel like I am wearing anything. It doesn’t move in the bra at all, no slips.  Great product I love it!”  
Marie

“My right breast reconstruction is complete but I am still going through the expansion process on my left breast. This product gives me excellent symmetry and is soft and comfortable.” 
Sharon

“This product gives several options for during the reconstruction process.  It also allows us to fit women who have had several lymph nodes removed from under the arm with an atypical lumpectomy”.                                           Patty Esposito, Boutique Owner, USA

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Sep 26, 2017

Lerman Non-Invasive Halo

Trulife has been at the forefront in the design and production of medical devices since 1958.

We have recently redesigned the Lerman Non-Invasive Halo which has been designed to address and overcome the complications associated with the use of the traditional Invasive Halo.

Conventional halo devices have been in use since 1959, and for a long time they have been considered to be the best device for the external stabilization required to manage spinal injuries such as internal decapitation.

However, traditional devices are associated with several long-standing issues caused by the pins that are intrinsic to these systems – problems include patient discomfort, scaring at the pin sites, pressure ulcers and an increased risk of infection due to pins coming loose.

Trulife set out to develop a product that has the ability to provide the same level of support and protection but without the issues caused by existing devices. Our goal was to provide a product that would enable the patient to heal with a better quality of life and happily the Lerman NIH achieves just that.

Learn more…….

Trulife’s Lerman Non-Invasive Halo
Trulife has designed a pin-less orthotic device that provides secure cervical spine stabilization. This is achieved without the use of invasive pins and as a result, it provides a much better experience for the patient.

Studies have shown (more on this later) that a traditional invasive halo system fails to immobilise the unstable cervical spine as much as originally thought.



There are a number of complications associated with Invasive Halo including:

  • Pin and Ring loosening – 36% – 60% of patients
  • Pin Infection in 20% of cases
  • Dysphagia – 4%
  • Pressure Ulcers – 11%
  • Facial scarring
  • Skull and Dural penetration
  • Rare but real risk of further neurological deficit during application
The Lerman Non-Invasive Halo manages to provide the same level of support delivered by the conventional halo but removes many of the issues; studies have shown it has far greater patient compliance and tolerance.


The Lerman Non-Invasive Halo consists of:

  • Padded carbon composite chest plate
  • 2 posts for attaching plate to Halo
  • Facemask (halo) with Silicone padding
  • Posterior occipital support
  • Padded criss cross straps posteriorly
Our team has designed the Non-Invasive Halo with color coded buckles that facilitates easy application, making it much less complex to fit than conventional halos. The device has a removable plate included for emergency CPR.

Patient Benefits
There are several advantages that Trulife’s Lerman Non-Invasive Halo has over traditional spinal orthotic devices. One of the biggest benefits is that it increases the quality of life for a patient during the healing process. Due to the significant reduction in weight, up to almost 50% in many cases, the brace is significantly more comfortable and is less cumbersome to wear. A patient can lie completely horizontally while wearing it.

Providing the right precautions are being taken, it is possible to briefly remove the brace so basic hygiene functions are performed. At this point, a patient can be examined to make sure no skin irritations or infections are apparent.

A key benefit of the Non-Invasive Halo is that patients don’t experience any muscle atrophy in their neck and as a result, they can move straight from a brace to a soft collar or in some cases to no collar at all.

A patient may be fitted with the Lerman NIH in the supine position and the anterior plate can be easily removed if emergency access to the thorax is necessary. The floating occipital pad reduces any pressure over the occiput.

The costs associated with the Lerman NIH are up to 40% less than the invasive halo, making it not only more comfortable for the patient but also more affordable.

Retrospective Study
A study by Sawers, DiPaola, Rechtine ‘Suitability of the noninvasive halo for cervical spine injuries: a retrospective analysis of outcomes’ published in The Spinal Journal. 2009; 216 – 220 revealed some notable outcomes.

The study monitored:

  • 17 Patients: 8 Female – 9 Male
  • All sustained cervical spine injury
  • All fitted with NIH by Certified Orthotist at discretion of Consultant
  • Average age 52.5 years
  • Time spent in NIH; 36 – 150 days – Average 79 days
  • Types of fractures: C1-C2 lateral fracture; Rotary subluxation; facet fractures; hangman and odontoid fractures
The outcomes found that all fractures had healed successfully and in alignment. There was no additional loss of neurological function. Almost all patients felt the Lerman was comfortable and secure, and none reverted to the use of an invasive halo.

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Sep 25, 2017

The Future of Robotic Surgery

Robotic surgery is on the rise globally with many of the world’s leading medical device companies investing heavily in product development. The latest robotic devices offer superhuman dexterity, provide surgery that is far less invasive, reduce pain to the patient, and mean shorter hospital stay.

Titan Medical and Intuitive Surgical are two companies that have recently launched new surgical robots to the market. Robotic surgery is set to continue growing in the coming years with prices of the latest devices falling as more institutions around the world adopt them.

An interesting collaboration between Johnson & Johnson and Google is promised for the future.

Cost
In every industry, cost is always a factor that impacts the adoption of a new technology and it’s no different for robotic surgery. A number of companies including Titan and Intuitive are making significant progress in reducing the cost of their latest robotic devices making them more affordable.

Intuitive Surgical’ s latest model the da Vinci X will be released later this year and it provides a lot of the same features included in the more advanced da Vinci XI but at a more affordable price point. The lower price is most significant for markets outside the US as they tend to be more price sensitive. In some countries, the da Vinci XI was viewed as simply being too expensive.

Titan’s Sports Surgical System is another model that aims to make robotic surgery more accessible. Their device is very similar to Intuitive’s and it allows surgery to be performed with minimal impact to a patient and it’s suitable for a wide range of procedures including abdominal, gynaecological and urological surgery.

In March 2015 – Johnson & Johnson announced that Ethicon, a medical device company in the Johnson & Johnson family of companies, has entered into a collaboration with Google, Inc., “working with the Life Sciences team on advancing surgical robotics to benefit surgeons, patients and health care systems”.

“This collaboration with Google is another important step in our commitment to advancing surgical care, and together, we aim to put the best science, technology and surgical know-how in the hands of medical teams around the world.”

Google and Johnson & Johnson are referring to their new surgical system as ‘digital surgery’ and expect it to cost far less than Intuitive Surgical’s da Vinci – making these state of the art systems more attainable.

Increased Productivity 
As technology advances robots will become more adaptable and will have the potential to perform an increased amount of functions, including diagnostics and patient monitoring. These advancements could free up valuable time for medical practitioners and therefore lead to increased productivity and a better level of care for patients.

Trulife Gets Behind Robotic Surgery
Trulife has designed an innovative product – the Elite Trendelenburg Positioning System – to support the continued growth in robotic surgery.

James Toland Senior R&D Engineer “Trulife is fully committed to getting behind the latest developments in robotic surgery and we have designed an innovative system to support its growth. Patient care and safety is at the core of everything we do and our new Trendelenburg System provides highly effective pressure care for patients, thus reducing the chance of injury during surgery. This latest product has been developed specifically for robotic-assisted surgery, abdominal surgery and gynaecological surgery.”

Pressure Care, Support & Safety
Our Elite Trendelenburg Positioning System tackles a number of serious issues that occur when performing surgery in the Trendelenburg position; including nerve damage, patient slippage and decubitus sores.

Our engineers have designed this system to include a supportive and comfortable mixture of gel and foam providing outstanding comfort for the patient. The system includes shoulder supports produced from a cutting-edge carbon composite that provides extra support,and safety during deeper surgical procedures.

Future Growth
Growth in this area is set to continue and it is estimated that by 2020, surgical robotics sales may double in size to $6.4 billion.

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