Merit Medical’s Safeguard® Allows Parents to Hold Their Babies After Heart Surgery

I have a grandson that is 20 months old and who is in perpetual motion. If he’s awake, his inquiring mind has him looking, touching and listening to everything. Recently he injured his hand, pinching it in a door. It wasn’t serious, but all of a sudden he went from running around his playroom, to wanting to be held by his mother. It was as if it didn’t hurt if she was holding him.

In reflecting on this, I think of children who undergo a diagnostic or interventional cardiology procedure in the Pediatric Cath Lab, such as septal defects (ASDs or VSDs) or valve defects, such as pulmonary valve stenosis, among others. When the procedure is finished and they are in recovery, these young patients have the same desire to be held that my grandson exhibited. Merit Medical’s Safeguard Pressure Assisted Device gives children the ability to be held by their parents after heart surgery.

In an article in the November 2006 issue of Cath Lab Digest, Jill Dykstra, RN and Kathy Laird, RN with the Congenital Heart Institute at the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, in Orlando, Florida authored an article titled, Use of the Safeguard Pressure-Assisted Dressing for Patients Less than 15 kg Following Cardiac Catheterization. In it they stated: “…Prior to implementation of the Safeguard hemostasis device, methods for maintaining hemostasis included pressure dressings that did not allow for the parents to hold the infant…”

This 6-month study found that “…the Safeguard device does not restrict mobility and allows for parental contact immediately post-procedure.

The Safeguard gives clinical personnel a pressure assisted device that promotes hemostasis, decreases occurrences of re-bleeds, and most important, gives a child the comfort of being in the arms of a parent.

For more information regarding Safeguard and Merit’s comprehensive line of products for promoting hemostasis, visit

Mark Heninger
Senior Product Manager

Merit Medical Opens Office in Bangalore, India

Merit Medical Systems is expanding with a new office in Bangalore, India.


This new location will allow Merit to take advantage of the growing Indian healthcare market.
The key reason for opening an office to serve the Indian market is the large need that has been generated for our products over the last 3-5 years.

image2-18Merit Medical Systems, Inc. is engaged in the development, manufacture and distribution of proprietary disposable medical devices used in interventional and diagnostic procedures in several disciplines including cardiology, radiology, nephrology, vascular surgery, electrophysiology, and endoscopy. Merit Medical has several therapeutic products to help clinicians treat patients suffering from uterine fibroids, tumors, end stage renal disease, strictures of the airway, and blood clots. Our therapeutic products include devices and accessories used to support the implantation of pacemakers and the treatment of irregular heartbeats.

Merit Medical Systems India Pvt Ltd is located at the following address:
206-207, HM Geneva House
14 Cunningham Road
Bangalore- 560052, INDIA
Phone: +91-80-41223378
Fax: 91-80-41223365

The office will be used for sales and marketing operations in the region.

Merit Medical EP Group Announces Launch of HeartSpan® Steerable Sheath Introducer

Merit Medical continues to add to its extensive line of products for Electrophysiology. The HeartSpan Steerable Sheath Introducer offers control, coverage and comfort for Electrophysiologists when navigating cardiac chambers. The 8.5F HeartSpan Steerable Sheath Introducer’s braided construction provides kink resistance and curve durability. The distal tapered tip creates a smooth transition from the dilator to sheath introducer to reduce trauma to the atrial septum.


  • Softer, flexible tip
  • Smooth transition from dilator
  • Responsive curve deflection
  • Braided construction for kink resistance


  • Bidirectional (180-degree) deflection
  • Small curl (16.4 mm)
  • Medium curl (22.4 mm)
  • Large curl (36.0 mm)


  • Ergonomic shape
  • Improved grip size

The HeartSpan line of products also includes the HeartSpan® Fixed Curve Braided Transseptal Sheath with braided steel shaft for excellent torqueability and the HeartSpan® Transseptal Needle designed to be exceptionally responsive with enhanced stiffness.

Our EP team is excited to introduce this new steerable sheath designed to help EPs extend their options.