US-based computerised drug delivery instruments developer Milestone Scientific has started the sale of its CompuFlo Epidural instrument disposables at a leading veterinary and academic institution.

After a successful research study and evaluation of the instrument, the firm started the sale by expanding its medical indications.

CompuFlo Epidural instrument was first used at the veterinary institution for maxillary nerve block procedures in horses, with ambitions to expand into epidural procedures.

According to the US-based firm, multiple studies in veterinary medicine have assessed the CompuFlo Epidural device.

Milestone Scientific said that the CompuFlo Epidural instrument can be used as a helpful teaching tool which can increase the success rate of less experienced equine practitioners.

While compared to using only anatomic surface cues for guidance, the CompuFlo/DPS technology provided advantageous guidance to the operator when putting the needle to its intended target position, resulting in a higher overall success rate.

Milestone Scientific chief executive officer Arjan Haverhals said: “This institution’s team continually leads the way in advancements in veterinary medicine, and we are honoured to provide them with our proven technology.

“Milestone is continually evaluating additional channels to commercialize our technology, including new medical indications.”

Haverhals added: “Veterinary medicine is just one example of another market that will benefit from our CompluFlo Epidural instrument.

“We believe the extensive prior studies, spanning epidural, peripheral nerve block, intra-articular, and veterinary use cases reinforce the enhanced safety, improved outcomes, economic benefits and broad market potential of our instrument.”

Equine anaesthesiologist Dr Bernd Driessen said: “I am excited to see commercial uptake of the CompuFlo Epidural instrument in clinical practice, as well as in the classroom to educate the next generation of veterinarians.

“The CompuFlo Epidural instrument can provide fellow veterinarians and students greater accuracy through real-time verification of needle location when performing a maxillary nerve block.”