Announcing – ThinkPAE™ Education Course

Merit Medical is excited to announce the ThinkPAE™ – Interventional Techniques for Prostatic Artery Embolization education course, and the first course date on August 25-26, 2017 proctored by Dr. Shivank Bhatia.

Prostatic artery embolization (PAE) is a non-surgical treatment for lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) from benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). BPH is the most common benign neoplasm in men, with more than half of men aged 60-69 years and as many as 90% aged 70-89 years having some symptoms.1

Clinically shown to reduce BPH symptoms and improve quality of life, PAE has become a viable alternative to surgical procedures, with minimal risk of urinary incontinence or sexual dysfunction such as impotence and retrograde ejaculation. PAE also offers a shorter recovery time compared to surgical options and can be performed via the femoral or radial artery. Merit Medical recently announced FDA 513(f)(2) (de novo) classification for prostatic artery embolization (PAE) indication for symptomatic BPH.

Merit Medical’s ThinkPAE™ education course will be taught by one of the world’s leading experts in PAE, Dr. Shivank Bhatia, and will include training to perform PAE via the radial artery, preferred by many patients for interventional procedures. The first course will be hosted at the Merit Medical Education Center in Salt Lake City, UT.

Dr. Shivank Bhatia is an Associate Professor of Interventional Radiology and Urology at University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He has extensive experience with Prostatic Artery Embolization and has built a multidisciplinary program with the Department of Urology at University of Miami. Due to his significant collaboration with the Urology Department at University of Miami, he was awarded title of Associate Professor of Urology in 2015.

What are the learning objectives of the course?

  • Prostatic Arterial Anatomy – learn to identify and work around arterial anomalies
  • PAE Technical Aspects – learn the proper tools for technical success, imaging protocols and interpretation
  • Radial Access – learn the technique and benefits of radial access for PAE
  • Peer Collaboration – discuss a multidisciplinary approach to PAE
  • Complex Cases – learn how to navigate obstacles and complex cases

For more information about this course, download the course flyer.

Interested in attending? Please complete the Interest Form online at Merit.com/Education.

Due to the high demand and limited seating in this course, we will contact you within a few weeks about availability. Future dates will be announced soon.

  1. Wei JT, Calhoun E, Jacobsen SJ. Urologic diseases in America project: benign prostatic hyperplasia. J Urol 2005; 173: 1256–1261

StabiliT Bone Cement – Trusted Cement. Simplified Delivery.

Thirty years ago, the first-generation percutaneous vertebral augmentation (PVA) system was introduced for the management of painful pathologic vertebral compression fractures. Since then, PVA treatment has had dramatic improvements in both bone cement formulations and delivery systems.

For example, higher cement viscosity has been considered desirable in recent years, but as viscosity increases, working time decreases. Therefore, conventional high-viscosity cements, with relatively short working times, often result in cement clogging the delivery system prior to the physician completing a procedure.

To address such challenges head on, Merit Medical’s portfolio of StabiliT Bone Cement with expanded delivery options in the StabiliT Vertebral Augmentation Systems has two main advancements over the competition: 35-minutes extended working time with remotely controlled delivery and trusted high-viscosity bone cement.

Merit’s unique proprietary StabiliT Bone Cement formulation offers physicians time flexibility to do a procedure in a controlled fashion, regardless of its complexity and number of levels requiring treatment. Physicians can also routinely initiate procedures with a unipedicular approach and still have adequate working time to convert to a bipedicular procedure, if required, avoiding the need to rush or mix additional cement.

Complex procedures that necessitate extended working time can also depend on StabiliT Bone Cement maintaining its high-viscosity. Bone cement viscosity has been shown to correlate to procedural success. How bone cement interacts with the fractured vertebral body determines how the cement stabilizes a fracture and/or extravasates (leaks).1 In an ex-vivo assessment of vertebral augmentation procedures, Lador et al. noted that several factors, specifically cement viscosity and rate of delivery, could influence cement flow within and leakage out of the vertebral body.1,2 Georgy reported approximately 50% less cement leakage using a controlled delivery of ultra-high viscosity cement after cavity creation with an osteotome compared to a lower viscosity cement in balloon kyphoplasty cases.3

In the original StabiliT Vertebral Augmentation System, proprietary ultra-high viscosity bone cement is heated with radiofrequency (RF) as it passes through a warming cartridge and its polymerization is accelerated just prior to being delivered into the vertebra. The controller’s software algorithm applies more RF energy initially to rapidly increase the cement viscosity and then less as time goes on, enabling the delivery of the same ultra-high viscosity over an extended working time. Delivery of this ultra-high viscosity cement is remotely controlled by the physician at an optimized delivery rate.

In response to some physicians desiring this same control but in a simplified design, Merit launched the StabiliT MX Vertebral Augmentation System. The StabiliT MX uses high-viscosity bone cement that has the same clinical benefits and same 35-minute extended working time, but it doesn’t require a controller or RF energy. The StabiliT MX provides high-viscosity cement that’s hand delivered using an ergonomic precision syringe.

The StabiliT MX delivery syringe contains a quick release clutch mechanism that allows for immediate cement flow stoppage. The use of a 3-foot hydraulic line increases the distance from which cement is conventionally hand delivered, helping to minimize a physician’s radiation exposure.4 Other features include a unique vacuum-based mixing system and articulating instrumentation for site and size specific cavity creation.

PVA treatment has been shown to significantly relieve pain of vertebral compression fractures.5 Merit is committed to providing technology that gives physicians maximum control as well as flexibility in cement and delivery options in order to optimize patient care. By using Merit’s trusted cement and simplified delivery systems, why not bring these benefits to your practice?

Alicia Armeli is a paid consultant of Merit Medical. For more information please refer to Instructions for Use. Consult product labels and inserts for any indications, contraindications, potential complications, warnings, precautions and directions for use.

 

REFERENCES

  1. Lador, R., Dreiangel, N., Ben-Galim, P., et al. (2010). A pictorial classification atlas of cement extravasation with vertebral augmentation. Spine J, Dec; 10(12): 1118-1127.
  2. Loeffel, M., Ferguson, S. J., Nolte, L. P., et al. (2008). Vertebroplasty: experimental characterization of polymethylmethacrylate bone cement spreading as a function of viscosity, bone porosity, and flow rate. Spine, May; 33(12):1352–1359.
  3. Georgy, B. (2013). Comparison between radiofrequency targeted vertebral augmentation and balloon kyphoplasty in the treatment of vertebral compression fractures: addressing factors that affect cement extravasation and Pain Physician, Sept-Oct; 16(5): E513-518.
  4. Radiology Masterclass. (n.d.). Basics of X-Ray Physics. Retreived from http://www.radiologymasterclass.co.uk/tutorials/physics/x-ray_physics_safety
  5. Mpotsaris, A., Abdolvahabi, R., Hoffleith, B., et al. (2011). Percutaneous vertebroplasty in vertebral compression fractures of benign or malignant origin: a prospective study of 1188 patients with follow-up of 12 months. Dtsch Arztebl Int, May; 108(19): 331-338.

Dr. Ferdinand Kiemeneij Returns to Merit Medical to co-proctor the October ThinkRadial Course

Merit Medical will be hosting the next ThinkRadial Education Course on October 13-14 for Interventional Cardiologists and Radiologists. Physicians are already looking forward to this course and the opportunity to learn from the “Father of Transradial Intervention,” Dr. Ferdinand Kiemeneij.  Merit is honored to once again have Dr. Kiemeneij proctor this course, to share his extensive knowledge and experience, as he did in the April ThinkRadial Course. This course will be held at the Merit Medical Global headquarters in Salt Lake City, UT on Friday, October 13 and Saturday, October 14, 2017.

Interventional Cardiologists who currently practice the transradial access technique, who want to advance their skills for more complex interventional procedures, will be proctored by Dr. Sandeep Nathan (University of Chicago) as well as Dr. Ferdinand Kiemeneij. Interventional Cardiologists attending the course will present their own complex cases for discussion and troubleshooting as well as observe complex taped cases. These physicians will learn how to navigate potential complications and increase their use of transradial for complex interventions.

Interventional Radiologists who are new to the radial approach as well as those who want to increase their knowledge and skill will be proctored by Dr. Darren Klass (Vancouver General and UBC Hospitals). Interventional Radiologists will be taught the data and economics supporting transradial access, learn about patient selection, room set-up, and equipment selection. They will learn and practice access and hemostasis techniques and discuss how to navigate potential complications. Both groups will have the opportunity to practice the radial technique on cadavers.

Dr. Kiemeneij performed the first transradial coronary angioplasty in 1992, followed by transradial stenting in the same year and stenting on an outpatient basis in 1994.

Dr. Klass is an expert in transradial radioembolization and is developing a robust hardware platform for radial access to the liver. His practice is 90% radial for liver interventions and fibroid embolization.

Dr. Nathan describes his mindset as “radial first” and utilizes the transradial approach in more than 75% of his coronary cases. He believes that transradial “is a golden opportunity to improve patient comfort and safety, without compromising procedural efficacy.”

The October ThinkRadial Course is a full day and a half of didactic presentations, taped cases and hands-on training opportunities, complimented by a group dinner and presentation by the guest of honor, Dr. Ferdinand Kiemeneij.

To register for a course, visit our Education Page

For more information, please visit ThinkRadial.com

Accuracy matters. We help you get there.

Since Merit Medical’s founding, we’ve set out to build the world’s most customer-focused healthcare company by understanding customers’ needs and innovating a diverse range of products that improve the lives of people. Our Interventional Oncology & Spine (IOS) products illustrate just this, and we are excited to present several of them to you at the World Conference of Interventional Oncology (WCIO) 2017.

We continually hear from our physician customers that they need tools to help deliver therapies to difficult anatomy. So, our focus for this year’s WCIO is to highlight two devices that aim to provide these navigation solutions, with the ability to reach challenging anatomy with accuracy.

SwiftNINJA® Steerable Microcatheter – The SwiftNINJA® steerable microcatheter is the most advanced and only 180° articulating microcatheter on the market today. It allows for positioning and re-direction within the vessel without the need for a micro guide wire. The proprietary straight-tip catheter articulates up to 180° in opposing directions to rapidly select the most challenging and complex vasculature during embolization procedures.

“The frequent insertion and removal of guidewires during superselective catherization can be minimalized by using a microcatheter with an articulating tip. Using a SwiftNINJA® can potentially simplify and shorten the procedure.”
-Dr. Yasuaki Arai, Chief, Department of Diagnostic Radiology, National Cancer Center of Japan

STAR™ Tumor Ablation System – The STAR™ Tumor Ablation System is designed for the palliative treatment of painful metastatic spinal tumors. Included in this system is the SpineSTAR® Ablation Instrument, which allows for precise navigation through the pedicle and into the desired areas of the vertebra-containing tumor, allowing for fast, targeted tumor ablation.

“There are a number of features of the [SpineSTAR®] device that I really like. The articulating tip allows and facilitates reaching to areas in the vertebrae that are not possible with a straight fixed device.”
-Dr. Aaron Frodsham, Interventional Radiology, University of Utah Huntsman Cancer Center

Come to booth #510 to learn more about navigation with the SwiftNINJA® and SpineSTAR®.

WCIO will also be conducting several workshops where you can view these products.

Friday, June 9 | 9:15-10:45am | MSK & Spine Interventions
Saturday, June 10 | 9:15-10:45am | Ablative Therapies
Saturday, June 10 | 1:30-3:00pm | Hepatic Intra-Arterial Therapies

Click here to learn more about Merit’s WCIO attendance and workshops.

For a complete step-by-step guide to delivery, refer to Instructions for Use. Please consult product labels and inserts for any indications, contraindications, potential complications, warnings, precautions and directions for use.

Merit Medical loves Critical Care Nurses!

Merit Medical recently joined the Critical Care community and was pleased to attend the AACN’s National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition (NTI) in Houston May 23-25, 2017. At our first-ever NTI expo booth, we met hundreds of critical care nurses over ice cream at the Merit Ice Cream Café, during in-booth educational sessions, and while discussing our critical care product portfolio.

Our booth featured the Merit Ice Cream Café, which provided a fun treat throughout each of the ExpoEd presentations. Adhering to our commitment to education, the Merit-sponsored presentations were well attended, providing CERP credits and valuable information. Nurses learned techniques for preventing CLABSIs as well as strategies for treating Sepsis successfully.

For those who wish to review the information presented on their own time, the presentations are available for download:

      • Preventing CLABSIs: Tales from the Front Line (Donna Schweitzer, RN, APN, CCNS, CCRN)
      • Sepsis Survival for Patients and Nurses (Alexander Johnson, MSN, RN, CCNS, ACNP-BC, CCRN)

We showcased our full line of safety and infection control products, including the DualCap® Disinfectant Cap, as well as our hemodynamic portfolio, including the DTXPlus® Blood Pressure Monitoring System, the SafeDraw Closed Loop Blood Sampling System, and the accessories that go with them.  You can learn more about these products and download brochures:

DualCap: https://www.merit.com/cardiac-intervention/solutions/infection-control/dualcap/
DTXPlus: https://www.merit.com/cardiac-intervention/critical-care-solutions/

In addition to discussing Merit Critical Care products, Merit Representatives in attendance at NTI also enjoyed visiting with hundreds of nurses to gather feedback about future products and innovations that we may be able to develop to support your needs at your hospitals.

Our first NTI was a memorable and fun experience. We thank all those nurses who made a stop at the Merit Medical Booth. It was impressive to see the level of sincere concern that you have for the health and safety of your patients. Our critical care and safety products provide continuity across the patient-care continuum, supporting the nurses we care about so much!