The Weird & Wonderful of Medical Devices

The world of medical devices is so vast and all-encompassing that we couldn’t possibly share with you all of the weird and wonderful things happening within it, but looking back its phenomenal just how far we’ve come. With Medica on the horizon where innovation is showcased on a world leading stage, we thought we’d share a few of our favourite historical medical devices which simply need to be seen to be believed.

 How much faith would you have had in your surgeon if they’d produced a macabre instrument to perform brutal butchery?


Skull Saw (1830's - 60's)

Concerned about the size or shape of your nose, don’t worry no one would notice with a Zello Punkt a nasal correction device where disguise rather than plastic surgery was the answer.


Zello Punkt

Blood-letting was common practice whether through instruments like this or artificial leeches!

undefinedArtificial Leech (1980's)

Even medical advancements in the not so distant past now look like something from a horror film!


A Portable Respirator for Polio 1955

Thankfully these medical devices are safely in the history books and we can now view their functionality with intrigue, humour and disbelief, however in their day these were innovative and at the forefront of medical progress. 

Today, at the rate new technologies are emerging we have to be on our toes here at Collingwood, helping the companies we work with stay ahead of their game by recruiting exceptional people to lead their organisations to new frontiers. Academic researchers and industry alike are pushing the boundaries of what a medical device or tool can accomplish, and making once unworkable ideas into tangible and marketable items.

Always on the look-out for fresh ideas, we’ve appointed Anna Jones to specialise within our Medical Devices sector. With over 10 years’ experience working with the medical device industry we understand the need for constant innovation, we are also constantly looking for fresh, exciting and creative ideas to help clients fulfil their senior recruitment needs. To us this means going beyond the expected to expand our search beyond each specific sector, looking for transferable skills and innovative minds to drive the industry and business forward.

We are practicing what we preach here too, bringing in Anna to specialise in Medical Devices, means she brings to the Collingwood family her own recruitment experience and ideas to drive success.  If you’re looking to bring innovative thinkers into your industry, we recommend you talk with Anna. Available to call on 01829 732374 she is also available for one to one meetings at the upcoming Medica Conference on either Tuesday 17th or Wednesday 18th November. This could be your chance to change your business and establish your product of today and the future.

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