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The Prelude IDeal™, the fastest growing product in the Merit radial portfolio, matches the leading competitor in outer diameter yet has a larger inner diameter and demonstrated superior kink resistance

SOUTH JORDAN, Utah – December 13, 2018 – Merit Medical Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:MMSI), a leading manufacturer and marketer of proprietary disposable devices used primarily in cardiology, radiology, critical care, oncology and endoscopy, announces the release of the Prelude IDeal™ Hydrophilic Sheath Introducer in European, Middle Eastern and African Markets.

The Prelude IDeal™, which is designed primarily for use in radial access procedures, has the same outer diameter as the leading competitor’s product, making it a suitable option for use with a wide range of anatomy, including in patients with small and thin vessels. However, with a 13% thinner wall, the sheath body inner diameter is larger, meaning more working room for catheters and other devices.

The sheath is constructed with proprietary flat wire braiding technology that provides 23% more resistance to kinking and 124% more resistance to sidewall compression compared to the leading competitor’s sheath.1 The Prelude IDeal utilizes a hydrophilic coating to the tip of the sheath tubing. Hydrophilic coatings have been proven in clinical studies to reduce the risk of radial artery spasm.2

“The Prelude IDeal really exemplifies Merit’s solutions-oriented approach to innovation. We heard from interventional practitioners that there was a need for a sheath introducer that was designed to reduce risk of compression and kinking while still facilitating easy passage of catheters and other devices,” said Fred Lampropoulos, Chairman and CEO of Merit Medical.

The Prelude IDeal™ Hydrophilic Sheath Introducer was launched in the United States earlier in 2018 and is already one of the company’s fastest growing products.

More information about the Prelude Ideal may be found on the Merit Website.

  1. Data on File. Testing was performed using the 6F model of the Prelude IDeal Sheath Introducer.
  2. Rathore S, Stables R, Pauriah M, Hakeem A, Mills J, Palmer N, Perry R, Morris J. Impact of length and hydrophilic coating of the introducer sheath on radial artery spasm during transradial coronary intervention. JACC. 2010 May;3(5):475-83.


About Merit Medical

Founded in 1987, Merit Medical Systems, Inc. is engaged in the development, manufacture and distribution of proprietary disposable medical devices used in interventional, diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, particularly in cardiology, radiology, oncology, critical care and endoscopy. Merit serves client hospitals worldwide with a domestic and international sales force and clinical support team totaling in excess of 300 individuals. Merit employs approximately 5,600 people worldwide with facilities in South Jordan, Utah; Pearland, Texas; Richmond, Virginia; Malvern, Pennsylvania; Rockland, Massachusetts; San Jose and Aliso Viejo, California; Maastricht and Venlo, The Netherlands; Paris, France; Galway, Ireland; Beijing, China; Tijuana, Mexico; Joinville, Brazil; Markham, Ontario, Canada; Melbourne, Australia; Tokyo, Japan; and Singapore.

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