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.

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Mark Heninger
Senior Product Manager