Merit Medical Launches Think Hero Graft Training Program

Merit Medical’s inaugural Think HeRO Graft Training Course was held at the Methodist Institute for Technology, Innovation & Education (MITIE) in Houston, TX on September 22 and 23.

ThinkHeroGraft is an education program that prepares surgeons and physicians to use the HeRO® Graft as a method for end-stage dialysis access, for patients with central venous stenosis who would otherwise be catheter-dependent.

Proctor Dr. Eric Peden, Chief of Vascular Surgery at the Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center, led engaging discussions and hands-on training with a cadaver lab, which allowed attendees to practice actual implantation procedure steps.

Dr. Peden, who has over 10 years of experience working with HeRO Graft and was one of its principal investigators, shared his best practices in patient selection, implantation techniques and maintenance strategies.

Attendees learned the clinical science and healthcare economics of the Hero Graft, identification of patient candidates and contraindications, as well challenges and complications.

Please contact your Merit Representative for future Think Hero Graft training opportunities.



Merit Medical Hosts Physician Education Course at Washington University in St. Louis

September 17th, 2017

Merit Medical hosted 12 physicians for a Physician Education Course on minimally invasive vertebral therapies on Saturday, September 17th, 2017 at Washington University in St. Louis.  The Physician Education Course program is a focused cadaver lab workshop designed to deliver detailed information on appropriate use of Merit’s technology and the minimally invasive procedures of vertebral augmentation, vertebroplasty and spine tumor ablation, using Merit’s StabiliT® Vertebral Augmentation Systems and the STAR™ Tumor Ablation System. Expert faculty is chosen to present the supporting clinical data and share their tips and tricks.

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The DriPAD™: Super Absorbent Technology that Helps to Provide Better Patient Care

DriPAD Super Absorbent Technology

From assisting a patient with incontinence care to assisting in reducing room turn-over time, the DriPAD has numerous applications and can be used in multiple areas within a hospital. Having up to 10x more absorption power than alternative pads, using a product with a higher absorbency means fewer pads used per patient—which supports hospital cost-cutting initiatives and reduces biohazard waste disposal costs.

Through super absorbent technology, the DriPAD soaks up to 35x its weight in fluids. Each DriPAD features a robust polypropylene backing to provide a barrier that prevents leakage with a specially treated absorbent core that wicks moisture away from the skin for ultimate protection. This can help provide better patient care both during procedures and in the post-surgical-care environment.

The DriPAD not only keeps patients dry, but it also helps control odors through an EPA-registered Silver Ion agent. Many hospitals are looking for ways to continuously deliver positive outcomes while being environmentally friendly. Furthermore, just one DriPAD replaces many underpads, reducing the amount of unnecessary trash in landfills.

Available in various sizes and absorption capacities, the DriPAD extends its care beyond the hospital, making it easy to use at home.