Healthcare services company Cardinal Health has introduced the Stray Away hair-management drape to enable more efficient preparation for surgical procedures.

The new drape was developed in collaboration with MedStar Health’s Institute for Innovation Inventor Services team.

Stray Away will keep hair away from interfering with the surgical area and improve patient preparation time and experience.

MedStar Health business innovation director Marck-Arthur Clerveau said: “The Stray Away hair drape exemplifies how outstanding medical technology advancements are often identified and captured by healthcare professionals innovating to enhance their daily practice.”

Designed and produced by Cardinal Health, Stray Away has an innovative design that helps to easily keep patient hair away from the sterile surgical site.

The Stray Away drape features three unique anchoring points which help maintain a firm grip on the patient’s head and hair to provide a steady hold throughout the duration of the surgery.

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The drape uses linear edge tape, stabilising clip and hair Velcro to secure the patient’s hair.

Cardinal Health global medical products senior vice-president Kelley Moffett said: “With the launch of the Stray Away drape, we can offer our customers a solution to an ongoing problem, giving back valuable time to the surgical team and helping patients have a less intrusive experience.

“We are thrilled to have been able to partner with the MedStar Health team on this product and know many other healthcare providers and their patients will also benefit.”