Merit Laureate® Hydrophilic Guide Wire Available in New 0.025” Diameter

I’m pleased to announce that Merit will be offering a 0.025” diameter Merit Laureate Hydrophilic Guide Wire worldwide effective June 24, 2013. Smaller diameter guide wires are used in a number of different applications including standard arterial and venous angiography, PTA of chronic total occlusions, thrombolytic therapy, vena cava grams, and endovenous laser ablations.

The Merit Laureate is Merit Medical’s premier hydrophilic guide wire for the placement of devices during diagnostic and interventional procedures in radiology, cardiology, vascular surgery, nephrology, and urology.

The Merit Laureate offers

  • True 1:1 torque control for greater turn-for-turn responsiveness and rapid vessel selection
  • Reliable and lasting lubricity to minimize surface friction for navigating highly tortuous anatomy and rapid catheter exchanges
  • Enhanced lesion crossability
  • Dependable visualization under fluoroscopy

Available now in 0.025”, 0.035”, and 0.038” diameters, 80 cm to 260 cm lengths, standard and stiff body, with angled and straight tip configurations. Click here to watch our Merit Laureate Product Demonstration Video with side-by-side comparison to the market leader and a product feature animation.

Penny Goldman
Senior Product Manager

Merit Medical’s Valved One-Step™ Centesis Catheter Is Designed to Reduce Pneumothorax

Pneumothorax is a common complication resulting from a thoracentesis procedure. The pneumothorax may be caused by the needle puncturing the lung, or by air entering the pleural space from the needle or catheter. To reduce the risk of air entering the pleural space via the catheter, the Valved One-Step Centesis Catheter has a valve in the catheter hub.

The valve closes immediately upon removal of the needle. In the closed position, air is unable to enter the catheter as the patient breathes and thus reduces the chance of pneumothorax by air entering the pleural space via the catheter.

Visit the Merit Medical website to learn more about the Valved One-Step Centesis catheter.

Richard Collard
Senior Product Manager
Merit Medical Systems, Inc.

Depth Markers on Merit Medical’s ReSolve® Locking Drainage Catheter Help Ensure Safe and Accurate Placement

In a survey of Radiologists and Interventional Radiologists, roughly 80% said they measure the depth from the skin to the fluid collection prior to inserting a drainage catheter. Various reasons were given for this practice including “accuracy and safety”. To help ensure safe and accurate placement of the ReSolve Locking Drainage Catheter, depth markers are placed the entire length of the catheter beginning 1 cm proximal to the distal tip.

To help with accurate placement, some physicians mark the depth on their catheter. Having the marks pre-printed on the catheter will reduce the need for physicians to mark the catheter, potentially saving time with more accuracy.

Visit the Merit Medical website to learn more about the ReSolve Locking Drainage Catheter.

Richard Collard
Senior Product Manager
Merit Medical Systems, Inc.