Archive March 2013 XIV, No. 3

New Trends in Power Tools

Cordless, single-use, handheld devices will soon hit the market.

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Dan O'Connor, Editor-in-Chief

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disposable drills DISPOSABLE DRILLS? Orthopedic surgeon Brett Sanders, MD, at Memorial Mission Surgery Center in Chattanooga, Tenn.

We'll soon know if your orthopedic surgeons are ready for single-use power tools, cordless handpieces that you'd open at the time of surgery, use once and then dispose of as medical waste. Sounds radical, yes, but keep in mind that these soon-to-be released disposable saws, reamers and drills aren't intended to replace your traditional power tools, only to stand by at the ready in case of an overly busy schedule, a dead battery, reprocessing troubles, or tools that are out of commission or in need of repair.

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