Operative Armour is the first safety-engineered device that enables the clinician to close surgical incisions without scrub tech assistance.


Operative Armour Benefits

  • Eliminates Passage & Handling of Exposed Needles
  • Eliminates Multi-Tasking Distractions During Counts
  • Surgeon/Clinician Control Pace of Closure
  • Improves OR Workflow and Labor Efficiency

Operative Armour Products


The Operative Armour Needle Trap provides a standardized means to safely self-secure each suture needle at the point of use on the surgical field.  This eliminates the contaminated needlestick hazard associated with subsequent passage and handling of exposed contaminated needles.

The Needle Trap can be mounted directly to the drape, to a wrist strap, or to an ergonomic forearm Barrier.   The compatibility of
the Needle Trap enables it to be used with any brand suture pack.

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Contains 12 – 48 mm Suture Needle Sizes
Adhesive Backing Allows for Secure Attachment to Mounts & Drapes
Channel Foam Securely Holds Needles in Place
Center Channel on Trap Accommodates All Needle Driver Options
Adhesive Backing Allows Attachment of ANY Suture Pack


The Operative Armour Barrier Kit is the preferred mounting option to reduce surgical closure time in the operating room. The Barrier Kit provides all the benefits of the Needle Trap while also providing an ergonomic placement so that the clinician can maintain their sight on the surgical field.

By utilizing the Barrier Kit the clinician self-dispenses his/her own suture needles, liberating the scrub tech from the responsibility so they can perform their counts and start the OR breakdown process, thereby reducing the time required for surgical closure.

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Puncture Resistant, Lightweight,Comfortable Barrier
Tool Scrabbard mounts to Barrier and provides a means to attach suture scissors, needle drivers, or other tools
Needle Traps attached via hook and loop attachment providing easy access to suture needles during closure
Maintain vision of surgical site while self-dispensing and self-securing suture needles


The Operative Armour Mini-Mount Kit provides a handheld means for dispensing and securing suture needles from the near surgical field.

The Mini-Mount includes one Large Small Needle Trap.

The Mini-Mount can be attached directly to the drape with a magnetic fastener.

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Surgery Safety
Versatile mount enables placement in the field, on the mayo stand, or as a handheld
Needle Traps attached via hook and loop attachment providing easy access to suture needles during closure

Surgical Videos

Brian Su, MD
Clinical Testimonial

Walter Burnham, MD
Clinical Testimonial

John Phillips, PA-C
Clinical Testimonial

Joseph Gorek, MD
Product Demonstration


Stanford Paper

Efficacy of a Novel Intraoperative Engineered Sharps Injury Prevention Device

Hillary Jenny, Maria Reategui Via y Rada, Pooja Yesantharao, Helen Xun, Richard Redett, Justin Michael Sacks, Robin Yang. Originally published in JMIR Perioperative Medicine (http://periop.jmir.org), 27.11.2020.

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Stanford Paper

Safety And Efficiency Of A Novel Needle Management System For Wound Closure

Abiram Bala, MD , Matthew A Follett, MD , Todd F Alamin, MD
Military Health System Research Symposium 2019

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Stanford Paper

Effectiveness of a Novel Trocar Site Closure System: A Retrospective Evaluation

William F. Buitrago MD, PhD, Thomas T Wang, MD, Philip L Leggett, MD, University of Texas, Houston, Department of Surgery; Minimally Invasive Surgeons of Texas (MIST) Consortium; Houston Northwest Medical Center, Houston, TX

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Reducing potential for needle-stick injuries in the operating room: Efficacy of wound closure with Operative Armour® as compared with traditional methods

Eliana Saltzman, MD, Daniel Scott, MD, MBA
AOFAS Annual Meeting 2018

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High Value Scenarios

Surgeon frustration during long open incision pop-off closures inspired the Operative Armour System. These cases present different types of challenges and issues that can be resolved or minimized with clinician autonomy:

  • Waiting for needles while scrub tech performs counts
  • Incorrect counts due to multi-tasking distraction
  • Dropped needles after clinician relinquishes control of needle driver
  • Competency variance between scrub techs
  • Insufficient scrub tech labor
  • Compromised scrub tech assistance during closure
  • Over-the-shoulder needle exchanges
  • Disruption due to scrub tech change during closure
  • Multiple surgeon closures – safety and speed
  • Needlestick hazard with high risk patient population

Candidate procedures where the Operative Armour System provides a significant workflow improvement:

  • Spine – scoliosis, deformities, fusions and laminectomies
  • Plastics – all flaps procedures, reconstructions, panniculectomies /abdominoplasties
  • Colorectal – all laparotomies, lower anterior colon resections, open colectomies
  • URO/GYN – all laparotomies, abdominal cystectomies, hysterectomies, myomectomies, Caesarians (where pop-off are used)
  • ENT/CMF – free flaps procedures, thyroidectomies
  • Orthopedics – hip revisions, oncologic limb sparing, pelvic trauma
  • Other – Pediatrics, breast reconstruction, CABG vein graft harvesting, organ transplant harvest, amputations, middle of the night surgery, short-handed surgeries

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