DARESBURY, England, April 6, 2022, /PRNewswire/— Firstkind, a UK-based medical device manufacturer and parent company of Sky Medical Technology Ltd., announced today that the gekoTM device is now available on the Government of India e-Marketplace (GeM) procurement portal under the Product ID 8778588-83575686384 and Gem Catalogue ID 5116877-12688567087.
The GeM portal was launched in August 2016 as an online marketplace for the procurement of goods and services by various ministries and agencies of the government. It aims to improve the transparency, efficiency, and speed of public procurement of goods and services.
There is now a clinically-proven gekoTM wearable device on GeM that is a disposable neuromuscular electro-stimulation therapy applied to the skin over the common peroneal nerve on either side of your knee. The gekoTM device is small, battery-powered, and disposable. To activate the calf and foot muscle pumps and increase calf blood flow at the rate of 60% of continuous walking2, small electrical pulses gently stimulate the nerve once every second, activating the deep veins and resulting in increased blood flow. As a result of the improved circulation, there is less risk of thromboembolism3, postoperative and trauma-related swelling4, and wound healing (including the healing of leg ulcers)6.
VTE is as common in India as it is in Western countries. Most patients with VTE are clinically silent, making it one of the most common reasons for unplanned readmission and preventable death in the hospital population. If left untreated, swelling, medically known as “oedema,” can put patients’ recovery at risk by delaying surgery’s completion, preventing wound closure, weakening muscles, and otherwise jeopardizing recovery. 8,9 Chronic wounds, on the other hand, are considered a silent epidemic. A population of more than one billion people makes it difficult to accurately measure the pain and suffering caused by leg ulcers. However, according to one study, the prevalence in the general population is 4.5 per 1,000 people.
“We are delighted that government hospitals in India can now benefit from streamlined gekoTM device procurement through GeM to address these significant medical challenges,” says Bernard Ross, Sky founder and CEO. Sky’s listing on the GeM marks the beginning of a very exciting journey. Transparency, efficiency, and speed are all hallmarks of the online marketplace that we’ve created. Many patients who visit government hospitals can now benefit from the gekoTM device’s prescribed use, improving clinical outcomes and speeding up recovery.