Bristol medical firm snaps up training and software specialist

Bristol medical task trainer specialist Limbs & Things has announced the acquisition of laparoscopic surgical trainer and software specialist eoSurgical.

EoSurgical leads the field in the inclusion of technology and self-directed learning in laparoscopic surgery.

The deal will enable Limbs & Things to incorporate eoSurgical’s products into its own existing portfolio of laparoscopic trainers, significantly broadening its offering in the marketplace.

EoSurgical’s simulators were developed by practicing consultant surgeons Roland Partridge, Paul Brennan and Mark Hughes.

They are used in over 90 countries worldwide, including in the UK by the Royal College of Surgeons Improving Surgical Training Programme.

The simulators are entirely portable and the instrument tracking software and on-line training portfolio is optimised for smartphones and tablets, allowing training to take place in dedicated simulation environments, in the operating department or even at home.

EoSurgical’s staff will now join the Limbs & Things team, continuing to contribute to the development of the products from their Edinburgh base.

Nick Hull, the managing director of Limbs & Things, said: “The market for laparoscopic simulation training is buoyant and continuing to grow. We are already the proud partners of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons in the supply of simulation trainers for their Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery programme.

“We are keen to invest further into this market space, which means that we can offer an even more accessible training experience with greater ability for self-directed training. It adds a further dimension to our current training range and ultimately helps to make patient outcomes safer and more reliable.”

Roland Partridge, co-director of eoSurgical, said: “Limbs & Things are internationally recognised as one of the leading players in medical task trainers, so it is a fantastic opportunity for us to become part of their team and add to their product portfolio with our portable devices and innovative software portfolio. We’re excited by the potential that this next chapter offers both of our businesses and the marketplace.”


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