Join Us in Boston June 21-22 for 2018 Vascular Annual Meeting

We are thrilled to be exhibiting at this year’s 2018 Vascular Annual Meeting of the Society for Vascular Surgery. Come see the Q50®PLUS Stent Graft Balloon Catheter1 – available exclusively from Merit Medical.  We have multiple products to help you in your abdominal and thoracic procedures. Additionally, Merit has a broad offering of dialysis products, including the HeRO® Graft with its new and improved venous outflow component. We have two locations in the exhibit hall to discuss your procedures and your needs.

Booth 300
Q50®PLUS and Peripheral Vascular Products

See some of our peripheral vascular products:

Booth 1021
Dialysis Access

Learn about our commitment to dialysis

  • ThinkAccess™: Physician Education Program to prepare surgeons for implantation of the HeRO® Graft and Merit PD Catheter System
  • HeRO® Graft: Hemodialysis access graft for catheter-dependent patients with central venous stenosis
  • Peritoneal Dialysis: Catheters with large inner diameters to suit multiple patient types
  • CentrosFLO™ Long-Term Hemodialysis Catheter: Self-centering curved tips automatically center the catheter ports within the middle of the vessel to maintain optimal blood flow and minimal recirculation rates
1 Q50®PLUS is manufactured by and is a registered trademark of QXMédical.
Before using refer to Instructions for Use for indications, contraindications, warnings, precautions, and directions for use.

South Jordan, Utah, Headquarters Merit Care On-Site Clinic Puts Employee Health First

Merit Medical prioritizes the health and wellness of our employees. Out of the many benefits we offer, the on-site Merit Care Clinic located at our South Jordon, Utah, headquarters epitomizes this attitude.

“There is so much benefit for having the clinic here,” says Nicole Priest, MD, medical director and practitioner at the Merit Care Clinic. “And I think [Merit] has the insight to realize that health is such an important part of our lives.”

The independently run healthcare clinic is for Utah employees, their spouses, and legal dependent children up to age 26. In addition to its easy access to treatment, other benefits include same or next day appointments, less of a wait time to see a doctor, personalized attention, and more affordable care. Staffed with highly trained medical professionals, the Merit Care Clinic is open Monday-Friday.

“This is the best clinic I’ve ever worked in,” Dr. Priest continues. “They have enough time to spend with people.” With this mindset, Merit Medical continuously strives to improve the lives of people, families, and communities—and this starts with our employees.

We invite you to watch the above video and learn more about the Merit Care Clinic. View our Careers page to search for available job openings and discover more about what a career at Merit Medical can mean for you.

Seth_Worley-MD-I-CRT in June 2018 EP Lab Digest

A Better Way Forward: Seth Worley, MD, Writes About the Benefits of Adopting I-CRT in June 2018 EP Lab Digest

Seth_Worley-MD-I-CRT in June 2018 EP Lab Digest

Successfully placing the left ventricular (LV) lead in an optimal clinical location is a recognized challenge of cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT). And although the rate of failure to place the LV lead in patients has decreased over time, there is always room for improvement. This is where Interventional CRT (I-CRT) comes in.

“I-CRT…forces the operator to think differently about approaching the coronary sinus anatomy and lead placement, and equips him or her with a set of tools that make doing so more accurate, efficient, and effective,” writes Seth Worley, MD, of MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute in Washington, DC, in the June 2018 issue of EP Lab Digest.

The EP Lab Digest article titled, I-CRT: Challenging the Conventional Approach to LV Lead Placement, Literally and Figuratively, discusses the importance of moving beyond the traditional conventions in LV lead placement and the benefits of I-CRT as well as obstacles to wider adoption. Dr. Worley encourages interested electrophysiologists to participate in industry-sponsored physician training programs, such as Merit’s I-CRT course, which he proctors monthly. Furthermore, he addresses why it is essential we utilize the tools and techniques already employed by interventional radiologists and cardiologists.

“Our colleagues in interventional radiology and cardiology have successfully employed percutaneous techniques for decades,” Dr. Worley writes. “And it is time we learn from them.”

Click here to read the full article.

If you are interested in being trained in I-CRT tools and techniques through Merit’s specialized ThinkInterventionalCRT course, please visit our I-CRT Education page.

NTI2018 Recap

NTI 2018 Replay

NTI2018 Recap

It was “Game On!” in Boston where Merit enjoyed our time at the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, National Training Institute, Critical Care Symposium (NTI).

Having wrapped things up, we can now take a moment to look back at the show, to reflect on the many wonderful people we met, and discuss how we can best move forward with serving your needs.

At the NTI, we embraced Boston’s culture of sports and friendly competition with our Fenway-themed booth. We hope you enjoy a short video recap of our time in Boston, including the “all-star line-up” of products and education that were provided that demonstrate Merit’s commitment to supporting critical care nurses in your safety and infection protection goals. Now, more than ever, protecting patients (and clinicians) is one of the most critical issues for clinicians on the front lines of patient care, who see the impact of an effective (or ineffective) infection prevention program.

We want to express our gratitude to Erin Dwyer MSN, APRN, ACCNS-P, CCRN-K, Clinical Nurse Specialist, PICU at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, for her expertly delivered presentation on “Creating and Implementing a CLABSI Bundle”. Her sessions were standing-room only – a testament to the importance and timeliness of her topic. We would also like to thank Bertie Chuong, DNP, RN, CCRN Resource and Education Coordinator, EPS Co-Chair, Yale New Haven Health. Her presentations on “Patient Safety Successes from the Frontlines” were well received by large and enthusiastic audiences.

We hope you enjoyed the ice cream. Many of you remember it from last year. Our booth also featured the DualCap bean bag toss game and an oversized gumball machine stocked with DualCaps and chocolate baseballs. More importantly, however, we hope you left our booth informed, intrigued, and with assurances that we would follow up with you in a timely manner.

Overall, we enjoyed our time with you and appreciate all that you do for patient care. Merit is here to support you in your efforts to control infection and protect patients as you care for them.

We had a wonderful time at NTI 2018! We can’t wait to see you all at NTI 2019. PLAY BALL!

We proudly displayed the following products:

Merit to Exhibit at GEST 2018

Merit is pleased to participate this year at GEST.

In addition to showcasing products, we are pleased to provide several hands-on learning opportunities.

PAE Learning Pavilion

Merit will host the Prostatic Artery Embolization (PAE) Learning Pavilion at GEST, featuring simulators with actual PAE cases designed by Dr. Shivank Bhatia. These innovative and realistic simulators feature varying patient anatomies and allow physicians to practice both femoral and radial access. The Pavillion is located on the 2nd floor Rotunda of the Conference Venue.

  • PAE Simulation Demos with Dr. Charles Nutting on Thursday, May 17; Friday, May 18; Saturday, May 19 at 10:00 AM
  • PAE Simulation Demo with Dr. Shivank Bhatia on Saturday, May 19 at 10:00 AM

Demo the SwiftNINJA® Microcatheter

The SwiftNINJA microcatheter is being touted as the tool you can’t live without as you’re learning PAE. Use the microcatheter in our vascular model at the Merit Medical booth, and feel it in actual cases on the simulators in the PAE Learning Pavilion.

Merit to Exhibit at VASA 2018, New Orleans, May 10-12, Booth 201

We’re excited to be exhibiting at this year’s Vascular Access for Hemodialysis Symposium – VASA 2018. The symposium will be held May 10-12 in New Orleans and is considered to be a premier educational event by professionals involved in the management of vascular access. Merit will be hosting an educational symposium as well as showcasing dialysis products in our booth, including PD and hemodialysis catheters and the HeRO Graft. On Saturday morning, Dr. John R. Ross will present “ACCESS Talks…Dialysis Access: It’s All About Time”. He will discuss algorithms for dialysis access selection as well as managing patients’ total catheter contact time. Dr. Ross is internationally renowned for developing outpatient surgical procedures and techniques for dialysis access. He is the lead surgeon and Medical Director at the Dialysis Access Institute in Orangeburg, SC. He was the first Vice President of the Vascular Access Society of the Americas.

Merit Medical is committed to dialysis access and to providing the access critical to successful dialysis procedures. We are happy to display the following dialysis access products at VASA.

Centros® & CentrosFLO® Hemodialysis Catheters

The Centros (without side holes) and the CentrosFLO™ (with side holes) long-term hemodialysis catheters feature self-centering curved tips which automatically center the catheter ports within the middle of the vessel to maintain optimal blood flow and minimal recirculation rates and enhance overall catheter performance.

Peritoneal Dialysis (PD)

Merit’s line of Flex-Neck Adult, Adolescent and Pediatric Peritoneal Dialysis Catheters have an internal diameter (ID) that is 35% larger than some competitive catheters. Infant catheters are available in one and two cuff configurations. Each catheter kit contains a unique stenciling system for improved placement accuracy.

The Flex-Neck® Adult catheter has an internal diameter of 3.5 mm, allowing up to 30% higher flow rates than other catheters currently on the U.S. market. Our Flex-Neck Classic and ARC shapes are designed to accommodate various tunneling techniques and exit site options.

HeRO® Graft

HeRO Graft (Hemodialysis Reliable Outflow) is the ONLY fully subcutaneous AV access solution clinically proven to maintain long-term access for hemodialysis patients with central venous stenosis. HeRO Graft is classified by the FDA as a graft, but differs from a conventional AV graft since it has no venous anastomosis.

ThinkAccess™ Physician Training Program

Come to the booth to learn about Merit’s Physician Training Program: ThinkAccess. It’s an immersive, hands-on training experience using cadavers, case reviews, and problem-solving techniques to prepare surgeons for implantation of both the HeRO Graft and Merit PD Catheter system. See which dates will work for you to attend.

Merit Medical at HRS 2018

Merit Medical is pleased to announce training and hands-on learning opportunities at HRS 2018, from May 9-11 in Boston, MA. HRS attendees can learn techniques and technologies from some of electrophysiology’s foremost thought leaders. Here’s a preview of what you can expect:

Thursday, May 10th

LV Lead Delivery: Providing Options with a Simplified Approach
Booth 1062
12:45-1:15pm
Join us for an in-booth presentation by Dr. Seth Worley of MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC. Dr. Worley will be available throughout the day for hands-on training at the Merit Medical booth.

Rhythm Theater—Interventional CRT Implant Techniques
Rhythm Theater #2
3:15-4:15pm
Dr. Kenneth A. Ellenbogen of Medical College of Virginia/VCU School of Medicine with expert panel will discuss how leading physicians are utilizing interventional techniques to overcome difficult anatomy during LV lead placement.

Friday, May 12th

In-Booth Meet the Experts Hands-on Training
Booth 1062
9:30-10:30am and 3:00-4:30pm
Attendees have two opportunities to meet with interventional CRT experts as they share their advanced techniques for LV lead placement.

Throughout HRS, attendees will also get hands-on demonstrations for Merit EP products, including the new ML1 and ML0 HeartSpan® Fixed Curve Transseptal Sheath shapes.

We hope to see you there!

Merit to Exhibit at NTI 2018

It’s “Game On!” in Boston at the AACN National Teaching Institute (NTI) and Critical Care Expo, May 22-24. Merit Medical is proud to announce that we will be exhibiting at NTI, booth #3334, with CERP accredited presentations about infection control and patient safety. Bring your “A-Game” and join us for ice cream and some friendly competitive games while you learn about the DualCap® Disinfection and Protection System. We will also have experts on hand to answer your questions about our Safety and Hemodynamic monitoring products.

ExpoEd Sessions (CERP Accredited)

Merit Medical continues its focus on clinical education by bringing two respected experts to present on infection prevention and patient safety.

“Creating and Implementing a CLABSI Bundle”

A case study for implementing a CLABSI bundle within Nemours Hospital

Erin Dwyer, MSN, RN, ACCNS-P, CCRN-K

Clinical Nurse Specialist at Nemours/Alfred I. Dupont Hospital for Children

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018

  • 10:45 – 11:15 am
  • 11:30 am – 12:00 pm
  • 12:15 – 12:45 pm

“Patient Safety Successes from the Frontlines”

An overview of the medical error challenge facing patients, and examples of how organizations have implemented strategies and tactics to mitigate

Bertie Chuong, DNP, RN, CCRN Resource and Education Coordinator, EPS Co-Chair, Yale New Haven Health System

Wednesday May 23rd, 2018

  • 11:30 am – 12:00 pm
  • 12:15 – 12:45 pm
  • 1:45 – 2:15 pm

Think Safety and Infection Prevention, and Discover the vast array of solutions for clinicians and patients at the Merit Medical booth at NTI.

Infection Prevention Products


DualCap Disinfection & Protection System

The DualCap System consists of two caps designed to help prevent intraluminal contamination, as well as cross-contamination, especially important for IV catheter use over extended dwell times.

Safety Products


Medallion® Syringes

Our Medallion syringes are designed to facilitate compliance with national safety goals that require labeling of all medications on and off the sterile field. Medallion syringes come in seven color options with custom printing, or a frosted field for writing information directly on the syringe barrel.


BackStop+™ Disposal Systems

For quick and safe fluid waste elimination, the Backstop+ and MiniStop+™ disposal systems both have seal-tight lids to prevent fluid leakage after a procedure. The disposal systems also come with a temporary sharps holder.


ShortStop Advantage® Temporary Sharps Holder

The ShortStop Advantage has all of the features of the original ShortStop temporary sharps holder but with the addition of side access for holding sharps devices in a safe and secure horizontal orientation. Fully loaded syringes will not tip or bend when secured in the ShortStop Advantage side access port.

Hemodynamic Monitoring Products


Meritrans DTXPlus® with Safedraw®

Meritrans DTXPLUS come in a range of single, double, and triple disposable transducer sets. They are available with the Safedraw safe arterial blood sampling system. They are designed with Easyvent® – a unique cap that allows clinicians to prime and zero the stopcock without removing the cap and exposing the line to the environment.

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HeRO Graft - Hemodialysis Reliable Outflow

Merit Medical Celebrates Ten Years of the HeRO® Graft with Pioneer John R. Ross, MD

Today, May 1st, marks the 10-year anniversary of the first commercial HeRO Graft (Hemodialysis Reliable Outflow) implantation performed by John R. Ross, MD, founding physician1, lead surgeon, and medical director2 of the Dialysis Access Institute at the Regional Medical Center in Orangeburg, SC.

Designed for high-risk patients with end-stage renal disease, the HeRO Graft bypasses central venous stenosis, creating a pathway for blood to move to the heart. According to Dr. Ross, these patients typically have had multiple accesses and a lengthy total catheter contact time.

“Many of the patients that we’re putting HeROs in now really only have one other option and that’s to have a long-term catheter, which has a far greater mortality and morbidity than having a running-blood access,” explains Dr. Ross. “This is where the HeRO fits in.” 3

Living up to its name for the past decade, the HeRO has been implanted worldwide, offering access-challenged patients who have exhausted all other access options the chance to continue life-saving hemodialysis. Merit Medical recently sat down with Dr. Ross to reflect on the first HeRO Graft implant and the impact this innovation has had on patient care. Watch the above video.

 

  1. http://www.jrrsurgery.com
  2. http://www.jrrsurgery.com/maintenance
  3. Dr. John R. Ross is a paid consultant of Merit Medical Systems, Inc.

Recognizing Earth Day, Merit Medical Highlights Recent Environmental Stewardship Efforts

Merit Medical has made it a priority to be a responsible global citizen. This environmental stewardship has translated into innovative practices and processes that are productive, efficient, and rewarding. In recognition of Earth Day 2018, Merit Medical is pleased to shine a spotlight on some of the efforts we have undertaken at the Salt Lake City, Utah, corporate headquarters and thank all the employees who contribute to this effort.

Recycling
In addition to the 33.25 tons of paper, cardboard, and food and beverage containers that our Salt Lake City employees saved from heading to the landfill, our Utah facilities also recycled over 464 tons of other materials, such as scrap metal and pallets. This is equivalent to saving 1,532 cubic yards of landfill space; 3,250,698 gallons of water; and 176,466 gallons of oil.

The molding process in the manufacture of disposable medical products can result in a surplus of plastic. Merit Medical has made a substantial effort to reduce plastic waste, recycling 270 Short Tons or 540,000 pounds of plastic molding waste in 2017.

Energy Efficiency
Becoming more energy efficient is both financially and environmentally responsible. By participating in Rocky Mountain Power’s Blue Sky program, Merit Medical reduced our 2017 carbon footprint by 7,593 pounds of CO2 and supported 8,400 kWh of renewable energy.

To help reduce the carbon footprints of our employee commuters and support those employees who choose to be more energy efficient, Merit recently installed electric car chargers in our parking structure at its Utah headquarters.

Other recent energy efficiency initiatives include replacing light bulbs throughout most of our Salt Lake City facilities with LED lighting, saving 521,442 kWh of energy in 2017. We have also invested in Variable Frequency Drives (VFD) for our heating, ventilating, and air conditioning systems, which regulate their activity and make our buildings more energy efficient.

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is an internationally recognized symbol of excellence in green building. Merit is pleased to have been awarded Silver LEED certification for the newest building at our Salt Lake City, Utah, corporate headquarters.

Completed in 2014, The Bean Building has a number of features that place it high on the LEED certification scale. With alternative transportation capability, the Bean Building is a convenient hub for public transportation access, bicycle storage and changing rooms, and low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles. To heat and cool with minimal ecological impact, we have selected refrigerants and equipment that reduce or eliminate the emission of compounds that contribute to ozone depletion.

In alignment with LEED’s global sustainability agenda, the newest addition to our Utah Merit campus acts on the triple bottom line—putting people, the planet, and profit first. 1

Water Conservation
Did you know that only about 3% of all water on earth is fresh water? 2 And based on statewide average precipitation, Merit’s home state of Utah has been ranked the second driest state in the US. 3 By putting into motion water conservation practices, Merit Medical is helping to protect this limited resource while simultaneously cutting energy use and costs.

In the last couple of years, many of the grassy areas at our corporate offices in Salt Lake City have been replaced with rockscapes, a more water-efficient style of landscaping that is both attractive and helps to reduce water usage. As an additional initiative to reduce lawn space, we built a large employee garden where Merit employees can do their part to conserve water, get their hands dirty, and be rewarded with the fruits of their labor—literally.

For when water is used, we have invested in water efficiency technology, such as drip irrigation, adjustable watering heads, and a smart water system that can detect rainfall and automatically turn off in order to conserve water.

Human Wellness
Being outdoors and human health go hand in hand. That is why we have created green spaces for our employees, encouraging their physical and emotional health to thrive.

A walking path circles the perimeter of the Salt Lake City complex, making it possible for employees to incorporate daily relaxing physical activity outdoors. Two full-time gardeners are part of the Merit team, who teach gardening techniques and cooking classes for optimal nutrition. Classes are not only held in the kitchen, as they also include time spent in the employee garden, highlighting gardening techniques that promote a balanced and healthy lifestyle.

It is estimated that food in the US travels between 1,500 and 2,500 miles to get from farm to plate. 4 Eating locally through our employee garden can help reduce the carbon footprint that is generated from transporting food over long distances.

At Merit we believe what we do today impacts the well-being of future generations. By making intentional decisions that support the health of our planet, we stand by our commitment to continuously improve the lives of people, families, and communities worldwide.

  1. US Green Building Council. (2017, Oct). About LEED. Retrieved from https://www.usgbc.org/articles/about-leed
  2. US Geological Survey. (2016, Dec 2). The World’s Water. Retrieved from https://water.usgs.gov/edu/earthwherewater.html
  3. Osborn, L. (n.d.) Driest States in America. Retrieved from https://www.currentresults.com/Weather-Extremes/US/driest-states.php
  4. World Watch Institute. (2018, Apr 20). Globetrotting Food Will Travel Farther Than Ever This Thanksgiving. Retrieved from http://www.worldwatch.org/globetrotting-food-will-travel-farther-ever-thanksgiving

Creating Buzz at SIR 2018: Recap of This Year’s Most Memorable Moments

It has been nearly one week since SIR 2018, and we’re still reeling from the excitement. Between expert booth presenters and showcasing numerous recently launched and acquired products, there was never a dull moment at the Merit Medical booth. To remember SIR 2018, we’ve created a quick video recap reel. We hope you enjoy the memories!

Helping you meet your clinical needs has always been, and will continue to be, what drives us at Merit, which is why we made physician education a special point of focus during this year’s meeting.

We’d first like to take this moment to recognize Charles Nutting, DO, FSIR; Darren Klass, MD, PhD, MRCS, FRCR, FRCPC; Michael T. Serle, MS, PA-C; and Jack W. Jennings, MD, PhD. Thank you for leading our Eat and Be Educated speaker program and sharing your expert input with the Merit team as well as your interventional radiologist colleagues.

In addition to in-booth education, SIR attendees were able to learn more about our ongoing physician education programs, such as ThinkPAE™, ThinkRadial™, and ThinkInterventionalSpine™. And as part of the ThinkPAE™ program, physicians at SIR were able to improve their PAE skills on our state-of-the-art Mentice simulator.

The inspiration continued as we proudly showcased our recently acquired Achieve®, Temno®, and Tru-Cut® soft tissue biopsy products, as well as the Aspira® Drainage System. We hope these new additions to our existing portfolio help to meet your diverse clinical needs and those of your patients.

“Our focus on innovation also included the announcement of at least six new and/or improved products that were specifically designed based on feedback from the physician community,” said Fred Lampropoulos, Chairman and CEO of Merit Medical, who attended SIR 2018.

“Merit is deeply committed to supporting interventional radiologists and we look forward to attending annual meetings like SIR to interact on a more personal level with the physician community,” Lampropoulos said.

This year’s meeting is behind us, but that means there are only 360 days until SIR 2019 in Austin, TX, and we can’t wait. Will we see you there?

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Merit to Exhibit at SIR 2018

Merit Medical is thrilled to announce that we will be hosting several educational events during the annual Society of Interventional Radiology meeting in Los Angeles, CA from March 17-22. The events will take place at Merit Medical booth #215 where attendees will also be introduced to our recently acquired ACHIEVE®, TEMNO®, TRU-CUT® biopsy products and the ASPIRA® drainage system, have the chance to use our state-of-the-art simulator to practice Prostatic Artery Embolization (PAE) skills, and learn about our Physician Education Programs.

Products and Demonstrations available at the Merit SIR Booth

  • PAE products from start-to-finish, including the only embolic indicated for PAE
  • Radial Access start-to-finish, including the new PreludeSYNC™ Radial Compression Device, with customizable band
  • Interventional Spine products, including the new steerable balloons
  • Comprehensive Biopsy portfolio, including the recently acquired ACHIEVE, TEMNO and TRU-CUT
  • Comprehensive Drainage portfolio, including the recently acquired ASPIRA drainage system
  • Hands-on Opportunities with a PAE simulator and Vascular Mode
  • Learn about Physician Training programs: ThinkPAE™, ThinkRadial™, and ThinkInterventionalSpine™
  • Learn about patient awareness programs and tools for UFE and PAE
  • Eat and Be Educated speaker programs at the Merit Booth. See the schedule posted below, including renowned speakers in their respective areas of practice.

Eat and Be Educated at Merit Booth 215

Dr. Charles NuttingSunday, March 18 at Noon: “Launching your PAE Practice: Identifying Patients, Tools and Case Studies”

Charles Nutting, DO, FSIR, Minimally Invasive Procedure Specialists, Denver, Colorado
Dr. Nutting specializes in PAE and Liver Cancer

Monday, March 19 at 10 – 10:30 am: “Left Distal Transradial Access (LdTRA): Handing Patients Better Care”

Darren Klass, MD, PhD, MRCS, FRCR, FRCPC, Clinical Associate Professor, Vancouver General & UBC Hospitals, Vancouver, British Columbia

Michael T SerleMonday, March 19 at Noon: “Best Practices with the Merit ASPIRA® Drainage System for Placement and Maintenance in the After-care Setting”

Michael T. Serle, MS, PA-C, Pinehurst Radiology, Pinehurst, North Carolina

Tuesday, March 20 at Noon: “Targeted RF Ablative Therapy in Metastatic Spine Disease: Innovation and Clinical Evidence.”

Jack W. Jennings, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri