Contact: Leslie A.M. Smith, McCormick L.A. Public Relations
Beverly Hills, Calif., October 18, 2017 — WoundZipper® is an innovative wound closure device, which incorporates magnets to effectively close wounds. Intended primarily for emergency department use, the device is designed by a board-certified emergency department physician, Dr. Moustafa H. Moustafa.
WoundZipper® employs powerful, flexible magnets encased in a proprietary medical-grade coating, designed to adhere to each side of the wound using a hypoallergenic adhesive. The WoundZipper® can be employed to close wounds in a fraction of the time required using conventional methods. Unlike sutures, staples, and steri strips, WoundZipper® achieves uniform closure along the entire wound to speed healing and reduce scarring. It takes less than a minute to apply, does not require local anesthetic, and is painless.
As a new wound closure solution, WoundZipper® will be on display IncubatED program at the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) conference, Oct. 29-Nov. 1 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington D.C. (Table #2807-i-8 in the IncubatED section). The IncubatED program showcases incubator and/or early-stage healthcare products in the emergency department.
"What I have often witnessed in the emergency department is a couple with a small child who has a laceration that is bleeding," Dr. Moustafa said. "The child is upset, the parents are upset, but because it’s not life-threatening, staff do not consider it a high priority. This results in frustration for all involved. I designed WoundZipper® to offer an instant solution.”
"WoundZipper® makes the process of treating and healing a wound fast and effective and increases medical provider efficiency,” Moustafa said. "The magnets are pre-aligned as part of the package unit. This provides instant wound approximation since the magnets are immediately attracted to each other as soon as the removable layer is taken away.”
The intellectual property associated with WoundZipper® is available for licensing. Visit www.woundzipper.com or watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ttyFIp6wbg
Note: November 8, 2016, the U.S. Patent Office granted United States Patent No. 9,486,217 and on July 4, 2017, Patent No. 9,693,776 B1 for the WoundZipper®.
The WoundZipper has not been cleared for commercialization in the United States.