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Vampiro: Laparoscopic Poole Suction Sleeve

by Abbey Santanello

The Vampiro is an accessory device to the existing spot suction catheter, creating unobstructed dual poole suction for laparoscopic procedures.
Columbus, OH United States Medical Device

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About our project

The problem we solve: The only available suction instrument for minimally invasive surgery is the single lumen Spot Suction Catheter, which is frequently occluded or clogged by surrounding organs, tissue, and debris. This requires additional time and effort to clear the surgical area, and oftentimes, complete fluid evacuation cannot be efficiently accomplished.

About our solution: Unlike open surgery, no dual lumen poole suction catheter exists to assist in these circumstances. The Vampiro is the first TRUE minimally invasive poole suction sleeve that creates a dual lumen. It is an accessory instrument to the spot suction catheter, allowing surgeons to use both spot and poole suction in laparoscopic surgery.

Progress to date:

The soft launch is complete. The Vampiro was trialed at ~30 hospitals with physician champions and feedback on the user experience and usage rates has been collected. The next stage is the full launch this summer where Vampiro will expand to national distribution.

About Our Team

Creator: Abbey Santanello

Location: Ohio

Bio: I am a graduate of the University of Notre Dame with my B.A. in Economics and Pre-Med and an M.S. in Entrepreneurship. In my Master's program, I worked closely with the inventor to validate the need, prototype the solution, and develop a business plan to commercialize the technology nationwide.

Title: Director of Operations

About Our Company


Location: 4664 hayden run rd.
Columbus, OH 43221

Founded: 2016


Twitter: VampiroSuction

Product Stage: In the Market

YTD Sales: Working on it

Employees: 1-2

How We Help Physicians

The Vampiro has the potential to reduce OR time as well as more completely removed blood, contamination, and other bodily fluids. If the suction capabilities are enhanced with the Vampiro, you may be encouraged to irrigate more thus increasing your chances of removing contaminated fluid from the abdomen. This could potentially reduce SSI for patients.

How We Help Hospitals

Time is money, and with the Vampiro, surgeons may reduce OR time by more efficient and effective suctioning in and around bowel and recesses of the abdominal cavity.

Innovation Details

Intellectual Property Summary

The non-provisional patent application was submitted in September 2016 and is in the queue to be reviewed by a patent examiner as of January 2018.

Patent Link

Clinical Information

No studies have been completed yet.

Regulatory Status

The Vampiro is a Class II Exempt device based on 21 CFR 880.6740. Therefore, we do not require a 510(k) or pre-market notification procedures from the FDA. We are registered with the FDA and based on testing requirements and compliance standards, we are cleared to market our product.

How we will use the funds raised

The fund will be directly utilized for strategy and marketing purposes including but not limited to conference opportunities, research, and key opinion leader samples. To date, our marketing efforts have been limited as a result of funding, but with an opportunity to market nationwide, Vampiro will gain significant exposure to hospitals, surgeons and medical device companies.

Thank You

Thank you for your interest in Vampiro and bringing the first poole suction sleeve to laparoscopic surgery. Inspired by its open surgery counterpart, our inventor and founder saw a need for this technology to be translated to minimally invasive procedures. By listening to you -- conducting over 200 customer interviews in 3 years -- we believe we have designed a product that achieves the needs of unobstructed suctioning in the abdomen and pelvis. We appreciate your time and look forward to sharing the Vampiro with you and your hospital or company one day!


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