By: 6 September 2018
Gentleheel heel prick incisor available from CMS


Specialist maternity products supplier, Central Medical Supplies (CMS), is offering hospital trusts a free trial of the Gentleheel® heel prick incisor.

Used for infant blood spot sampling, Gentleheel features a tri-bevel blade, which gives a smoother, sharper and less traumatic incision. The unique cutting action of Gentleheel provides a more consistent incision. Gentleheel comes with multiple visual indicators to reinforce the incision site, permanent blade retraction to minimise possible injury or re-use and a hardened stainless steel blade to improve accuracy of the incision depth. The ergonomic design of Gentleheel gives improved handling, while its welded plastic case prevents accidental exposure to the blade. The four different sizes – Micro-Preemie, Preemie, Newborn and Toddler – are colour coded for easy selection.

NHS and Public Health England Guidelines for Newborn Blood Spot Sampling state that the blood sample should be obtained using an age-appropriate automated incision device. The guidelines go on to say there is some evidence that an arch-shaped incision device is more effective in providing a good quality sample. They also state that an arch-shaped incision device reduces the number of heel punctures per sample, the time taken to complete the sample, bruising, the time the baby cried and the need to repeat the sample. The Royal College of Midwives, in its advice on how to collect a newborn blood sample, recommends obtaining the sample using an automated incision device designed for use on newborns.

Tracey Pavier-Grant, Medical Sales Director at Central Medical Supplies, says: “Gentleheel, which is an arch-shaped incision device, allows healthcare professionals to take sufficient blood samples first time. This causes less distress to the infant and saves a hospital trust time and money. For a limited time, we’re offering hospital trusts a free trial of Gentleheel so healthcare professionals can try out the product on infants in their care.”

For more information on the Gentleheel heel prick incisor, and to discuss a free trial, contact Tracey Pavier-Grant, Medical Sales Director at Central Medical Supplies, on 01538 392 596 or email