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Firm makes new device for babies

Health: With shorter, kink-resistant tubing for better pressure and flow, product helps premature in

Posted: December 13, 2011 1:30 a.m.
Updated: December 13, 2011 1:30 a.m.

The latest product to be released by Neotech Products is the RAM Nasal Cannula, a nasal respiratory support device designed and sized to support life and fit on premature infants without the use of tape.

Neotech Products released another new device last week designed to support life for some of the world’s tiniest medical patients: premature infants.

Based in the Valencia Industrial Center, the Santa Clarita company produced the RAM Nasal Cannula, an interface product that provides nasal respiratory support for critically small and ill babies in hospital neonatal intensive care units.

Founded by the former chief of staff of St. Joseph’s of Burbank hospital, Dr. Arnold Heyman, and Tom Thornbury, owner of a medical manufacturing company, Neotech began with one product in 1987.

In the mid-’90s, Neotech Products ventured into the world of designing and manufacturing critical care medicine for newborns, and today is a leader in developing effective products for neonatal patients worldwide.

Specializing in skin care and respiratory products for premature babies, the company makes more than 25 products, selling millions of units, to hospitals in all 50 states and throughout at least 35 countries.

More than 3,000 patient hours of clinical trials have been conducted to date of the medical device, which comes in three sizes to accommodate patients as they grow.

The shorter, kink-resistant tubing allows for better pressures, better flows and less dead space, and is compatible with an array of mechanical and respiratory ventilation tools.

“The Neotech RAM Cannula truly has made a difference from the first moment it went on trial,” said Craig McCrary, vice president and COO with Neotech.

“The device allows nurses and respiratory therapists to deliver the therapy required for their babies in a gentle and effective manner,” he said. “It’s also great for parents because they can see their baby’s face, and they can hold their baby much easier during ‘Kangaroo care.’”

According to the March of Dimes, 10 to 15 percent of babies born in the U.S. ever year are treated in NICUs.

The firm works with medical professionals on all of its products. Ideas come from practitioners in the NICU field and Neotech works with them to design, develop, build a prototype and extensively test each product through clinical trials.

Once in the marketplace, Neotech waits at least six months to get additional feedback from California medical practitioners before launching a new product marketwide.

Neotech’s mission has always been to make a difference for health care practitioners and for the patients and families, executives at the firm said.

Each product is patented and the medical professional who originated the concept shares in the royalties.

Next year, the privately held company, which says it has experienced double-digit growth each year over the past 10 years, will be celebrating its 25th anniversary.

“When we go home at night we know we have saved lives,” Tom Thornbury told The Signal in an interview earlier in the year.


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