University of Illinois at Chicago
Announcement of an Exempt Purchase
Vendor: Boston Scientific, Marlborough, MA
Amount: An estimated $3,000,000
An estimated start date of 7/1/2018 through 6/30/2023
The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.
First published Monday, June 25, 2018
The University awarded a contract for spinal cord stimulator.
Spinal cord stimulator, also known as a dorsal column stimulator, is a device surgically placed under your skin to send a mild electric current through leads to the spinal cord. Spinal cord stimulation (SCS), in the simplest form, consists of stimulating electrodes, implanted in the epidural space, an electrical pulse generator implanted in the lower abdominal area or gluteal region, conducting wires connecting the electrodes to the generator, and the generator remote control. SCS has notable analgesic properties and, at the present, is used mostly in the treatment of failed back surgery syndrome, complex regional pain syndrome, and refractory pain due to ischemia. This creates a pleasant sensation that blocks the brain's ability to sense the previously perceived pain.
This purchase is exempt from the usual selection processes of the Procurement Code because the procurement expenditure is for medical supplies or medical services necessary for the delivery of care and treatment at medical, dental, or veterinary teaching facilities utilized by SIU or U of I (30 ILCS 500 / 1-13(b-5)) Boston Scientific?s implants and supplies have to do with direct patient care. Without access to these specific supplies the hospital would not be able to offer surgical procedures and care, which in turn would drive patients elsewhere and result in a loss of revenue to the University of Illinois Hospital.
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