Covidien receives US clearance for iDrive powered surgical stapling system
10 Dec 2010
Covidien has received US FDA clearance for its iDrive powered
surgical stapling system. This reusable stapling platform is
battery-powered, enabling one-handed push-button operation of all
primary controls and a reduction in the required firing force when
compared to traditional endomechanical surgical staplers.
The iDrive system also incorporates design features intended to
minimize the effect on the environment by scaling back the size of
hospital inventories and reducing medical waste.
“Clearance of the iDrive system launches a new era of intelligent
devices that deliver superior ergonomics and improved access,” said
Ralph Corradi, Franchise Vice President, Endomechanical Devices,
Covidien. “Covidien will lead the evolution of the intelligent
surgical tools category by advancing innovative products that
improve patient outcomes, reduce costs and offer
The iDrive surgical stapling system
The iDrive system consists of the powered handle — a rechargeable
battery-powered, multi-patient reusable, hand-held stapler — and the
right-angle linear cutter (RALC). The RALC is a single-use reload,
combining stapling and cutting functionality.
When fired, it deploys
32 titanium DST Series staples in two double-staggered rows and an
integrated knife bisects the underlying tissue. With the push of a
single button, the handle’s high-speed brushless motor delivers 90
pounds of firing force at an angle that is perpendicular to a curved
This geometry helps gain deeper access to, and better
visibility within, the pelvis during low anterior resections.1
The roll out of the iDrive system, Covidien’s initial offering in
its Power Devices portfolio, is scheduled for the first calendar
quarter of 2011 at specific surgical sites that focus on low
anterior resection procedures.
"At Covidien, we develop products and technologies designed to
enable healthcare institutions to achieve clinical excellence while
simultaneously meeting healthcare economic goals," said Dr. Richard
Toselli, Chief Medical Officer, Surgical Devices, Covidien. "The
iDrive system is a reusable platform that can safely and reliably
serve the needs of patients, while improving operating room
inventory management efficiencies and reducing medical waste
generated from disposable products."