Two innovations in Vacuotherapy!
For more than 40 years, Eureduc has been innovating for the benefit of patients. Its Vacuotherapy range has been extended with two new products this year: a multi-purpose device and a simplified device dedicated to the treatment of scars.
Vacuotherapy or depressomassage, which combines manual massage and mechanical depression, is part of the therapeutic arsenal in plastic physiotherapy.
Yves Vignancour presents his innovations.
Why two new devices in your Vacuotherapy range?
YV : We wanted to redesign and ‘rejuvenate’ our depressomassage range with new components, as the old ones – such as pumps, screens and electronic boards – were becoming obsolete. Reducing power consumption and increasing electrical safety were also part of our R&D specifications.
What specific needs do these new Vacuotherapy devices meet?
YV : The TV12 replaces the TV10, our historical reference in Vacuotherapy. It offers the same performances and functionalities, in a lighter and modernized box, with a better control of the aspiration times. It is a top-of-the-range and versatile product, usable in continuous, pulsatile or alternating mode. Thus, it responds to all the indications of depressomassage. Moreover, it is supplied in 24 Volts for additional electrical safety.
The TV6K offers the same vacuum performance but operates in continuous mode only, with manual control via a large knob for added precision. It is perfect as a first investment or for exclusive use in scar treatment. Through our regular exchanges with physiotherapists, we have identified a specific request for a simple and affordable device, more effective than Aspivenin, still too often used! This is why we have been working on the design of a small, light, manageable and 35% less expensive device.
Which challenges did you face in Research and Development?
YV : On a technical level, we had to obtain a performance superior or equal to the current range in terms of power and stability of the vacuum as well as robustness. And this, despite the switch to 24 volts. It required all the creativity of our workshop!
As we started in the middle of Covid pandemic, we struggled to source the components. Not only were the supply times lengthened, but some parts were impossible to find! We had to custom manufactured them. The cost of production is still a concern. It is difficult to control in the current context of skyrocketing prices, especially for electronic components.
What about validations and certifications?
Maintaining ISO13485 and CE Medical certifications was our biggest challenge in terms of cost and time spent: new laboratory tests were necessary for electrical and electromagnetic safety. As for the clinical validation, it took place in the middle of the COVID period.
We are therefore pleased that our perseverance has been rewarded: our two new devices are certified and clinically validated by several specialized centers!
We are not stopping there ! We are already working on the development of a new electronic card, enriched with new functionalities, which will equip a high-end and customizable device to be released in 2024.