About K2 Medical Systems

Welcome

"May I first welcome you to the K2 Medical Systems Website, which I hope that you will find interesting. We are an innovation and technology company dedicated to improving maternity care for all; mothers, their babies, midwives and doctors and the hospital and community. We began life as a research group within a busy maternity department in 1989 and started K2 Medical Systems in 1999 to take the proven research to market where its potential could be realised. We commenced the research and have stuck to our vision over the past 27 years because we are passionate about what we do.  

K2 Medical Systems is different. It is a great strength of our company that all employees care deeply about what we do and why we do it. We are an organisation that obviously needs to generate revenue to thrive but it is also true to say that financial objectives are not our primary concern. Our raison d'être has always been, and will always be, to improve care.

I hope that our products and services will be of interest to you and if you would like to offer us some feedback, on any subject, then do please contact us".

Dr Robert Keith
Director

The K2 Story

The Plymouth Perinatal Research Group – 1989 - 1999

The story began when the Plymouth Perinatal Research Group came into being in July 1989 with a vision to look at how new technology could be applied to improve patient monitoring during childbirth. The group had no support funding initially but certainly had the joint good will of Plymouth Hospital’s NHS Trust and the University of Plymouth. The PRG grew to become inter-disciplinary with a mix of doctors, midwives and engineers.

The group developed computer based training software to help improve skills and we commenced development of INFANT®, a decision support system to interpret fetal monitoring in real time and support subsequent clinical management. We also undertook research into umbilical cord blood gas analysis, fetal pulse oximetry and fetal ECG waveform analysis.

The computer based training was evaluated in a scientific controlled trial and was found to be able to significantly improve the knowledge of clinicians. In 1995 an INFANT® prototype went on permanent exhibition at the National Science Museum, London. 

K2 MEDICAL SYSTEMS – 1999 to present day

K2 Medical Systems came into being in August 1999 when the University of Plymouth and Plymouth Hospital’s NHS Trust transferred ownership of all IPR generated by the Perinatal Research Group into the company in return for a small shareholding. The work then commenced to convert the research into real products that could be transferred into clinical practice. We had to learn how to market and sell them, and to run a business that generated enough funds to sustain the required personnel and infrastructure.

Over the years K2 has grown quickly. We now have subsidiary companies in Australia and the USA and have representation on the ground in the Middle East. We have customers all around the world using our products from London, New York and Sydney to Shetland Isles, St Helena and Gibraltar.  

The Future

Our work is far from complete. We have a number of development programs underway that we believe will make significant breakthroughs and represent our greatest achievements in both medical software and patient monitoring devices yet. We are committed to continued innovation and look ahead with much excitement at the new developments we have underway.

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Awards

K2 are honoured to have been selected as finalists and winners in a number of prestigious awards over the years, and are extremely proud that the hard work and achievements of the K2 team have been recognised by independent, professional bodies and institutions. K2 continue to make significant steps in innovation and technological advance in the healthcare sector and the below awards and accolades show our unrelenting dedication to improving maternity healthcare for patients and clinicians alike.

IET Innovation Winner 2011

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Queen's Award for Enterprise:
Innovation 2007

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Quality System

K2 Medical Systems has consistently implemented and supported the most effective and up-to-date quality control and auditing systems possible. Our approach to quality is encompassed by two systems.

ISO 9001:2008

The International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) 9000 is a series of international standards that might be fair to claim that they are the most influential and successful standards ever devised. These are quality management standards that are widely used as the first base of good practice and continual improvement. They are viewed as a framework for good management across the whole of a business. This series of standards result from an extensive consultation process and have been carefully drafted to offer a whole range of benefits. The description of this process of implementation is a modernised and enlarged framework that reflects the latest management thinking and takes full account of a wealth of solid, practical experience of ISO 9000 systems. K2 Medical Systems holds ISO9000 accreditation with the LRQA.

ISO 13485:2003

ISO 13485 are standards specific to medical device quality systems that supplement the ISO 9001 standard. Some of the additional requirements relate to design controls, process controls (including environmental controls), special processes, traceability, record retention, and regulatory actions, which are more critical for the medical device industry.

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Careers

Sorry, there are no vacancies currently available at K2 Medical Systems. Future vacancies will be posted here and on the Plymouth Herald Website

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