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Merit Medical Soft Tissue Biopsy Solutions: Retrieving Samples with Confidence

Soft-Tissue Biopsy Systems - Achieve, Temno, Tru-CutOur goal at Merit Medical is to provide the highest-quality medical devices, equipping you to deliver effective diagnosis and treatment. One area of patient care where high-quality devices are crucial is biopsy procedures. Biopsies are critical tools in the diagnostic process. They help determine the presence and extent of disease and are significant to developing appropriate care plans. 

To help clinicians like you perform biopsy procedures accurately, safely, and with confidence, we offer a wide range of advanced soft tissue biopsy products. From the recently launched TEMNO Elite™ Biopsy System to high-quality legacy products, browse to find the products that best meet your clinical needs:


TEMNO Elite ™ Biopsy System

Temno ELITE - Built for Better Biopsy - Merit Medical

The new TEMNO Elite Biopsy System is designed to provide you with superior soft tissue samples and total control during procedures. Its advanced features allow for samples 72% larger than competitor side-notch, semi-automatic devices.1 Available in a variety of sizes, the TEMNO Elite is ideal for procedures in many parts of the body, including kidney, liver, and lung.

Achieve® Programmable Automatic Biopsy System

Achieve Automatic Biopsy Device

With just one hand, you can now benefit from the precise control and quality sampling capability of the Achieve Programmable Automatic Biopsy System. This lightweight, automatic device is spring-loaded for fast, accurate penetration when working with calcified or fibrous lesions. For more precision, the Achieve offers three programmable firing modes.

Pink Achieve™ Biopsy Device

Pink Achieve Biopsy Device

The easy-to-use, lightweight design of the Pink Achieve Biopsy Device allows you one-handed use and convenient ultrasound transducer manipulation during breast biopsies. Visualize needle placement before sample retrieval by using the delayed firing option. A coaxial introducer enables multiple sampling from one percutaneous puncture, minimizing damage to surrounding tissue.

Adjustable Coaxial TEMNO™ (ACT) Biopsy Device

The ACT Biopsy Device allows you to adjust sample size for precise control when working with small lesions and in vascular areas. Reposition the stylet prior to sample capture for greater confidence. Echogenic markings facilitate precise ultrasound placement.

Original TEMNO™ Biopsy Device

Original TEMNO™ Biopsy Device - Merit Medical

Our Original TEMNO Biopsy Device features a 20-mm sample notch for quality sample retrieval and comes in a variety of sizes and gauges. With a sharp bevel tip and depth marks every centimeter (including echogenic markings), it allows you to complete precise sampling for breast, kidney, liver, lung, and thyroid biopsies.

TEMNO Evolution® Biopsy Device

Temno Evolution® Biopsy Device

Merit’s TEMNO Evolution Biopsy Device features two notch sizes (10 mm or 20 mm) for clinical flexibility and precise sampling. Its compact, ergonomic design and tactile-enhanced plunger support increased comfort and one-handed operation. The coaxial introducer allows you to collect multiple samples from a single puncture with minimal damage to surrounding tissue.

Tru-Cut® Biopsy Device

Tru-Cut Biopsy Device

Manually capture samples with minimal patient trauma using the Tru-Cut Biopsy Device. It features a 20-mm specimen notch, a thin-wall needle to yield a larger core, and removable stylet to obtain multiple tissue samples. Centimeter depth markings assist in needle placement.


At Merit, we’re dedicated to providing high-quality biopsy solutions that help you care for your patients. By working closely with healthcare providers to understand clinical needs, we can innovate new devices and deliver improvements to existing technology to better the patient experience. Talk to your Merit Representative or contact Customer Support to discuss how you can incorporate Merit’s biopsy products into your practice today.

REFERENCES

  1. Internal testing with 18G. Data on File. Marketing Claims for the TEMNO Elite Device (ECN147270).
  2. 18 Gauge, Data on file, Merit Medical, 2015.

Merit Medical to Exhibit at CIRSE 2022

Colorful view of Barcelona, Spain with white text on a blue background - Join Us at CIRSEMerit Medical will be exhibiting at CIRSE 2022, the Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe’s Annual Congress. Join our team September 10-13 in Barcelona, Spain, for a high-quality, four-day educational program with an international audience, in-person training, and hands-on workshops.

This year, we’re hosting a valuable Satellite Symposium as well as daily Learning Center Program sessions with topics tailored to meet a wide range of clinical needs. We also have an exciting lineup of leading-edge products designed to improve patient outcomes.

Here’s a summary of what you can expect from us at CIRSE 2022:


Satellite Symposium

Listen in on this valuable panel discussion featuring thought leaders from across the globe. Lunch bags will be provided.

Topic:
Expanding Patient Access with Merit WRAPSODY™, the Cell-Impermeable Endoprosthesis Designed to Meet the Clinical Challenges of AVF & AVG Interventions

Maintain Long-Term Vessel Patency - Merit WRAPSODYDate: September 13, 2022

Time: 13:00-14:00 CEST

Location: Room 115

Lectures and Faculty 

WRAPSODY Cell-Impermeable Endoprosthesis: Why Develop the Next Generation Covered Stent?

Dr. Bart Dolmatch (Mountain View, USA)

Recorded Case: Successful Treatment of a Challenging AV Stenosis with WRAPSODY Cell-Impermeable Endoprosthesis

Dr. Tobias Steinke (Düsseldorf/DE)

Case Presentations—the Value of WRAPSODY Cell-Impermeable Endoprosthesis in Treating Challenging AV Dysfunctions—Part 1

Dr. Ounali Jaffer (London/UK)

Case Presentations—the Value of WRAPSODY Cell-Impermeable Endoprosthesis in Treating Challenging AV Dysfunctions—Part 2

Prof. Fabrizio Fanelli (Florence/IT)

Case Presentations—How I Reduce Reintervention Rates in My Practice with WRAPSODY Cell-Impermeable Endoprosthesis

Dr. Thiago Barroso (Brasilia/BR)

Learning Objectives

  • Explore how experts utilize the features of WRAPSODY for optimal clinical outcomes.
  • Discover the benefits of using a cell-impermeable endoprosthesis through challenging real-case discussions.  
  • Understand the economic impact of using a cell-impermeable endoprosthesis at early stages.

The Merit Learning Center

Explore the following daily lectures and hands-on sessions. Please join us early; space is limited!

REGISTER NOW TO ATTEND >>

TOPICFACULTYDATE / TIMESOBJECTIVE
Embolize with Experts ǀ UAE Latest News. Ovarian Protection, Fertility & AdenomyosisDr. Olivier Serres Cousiné (Montpellier/FR)
Dr Olivier Serres Cousiné
Sat, Sept 10, 2022
– 13:30–14:15 CEST
Explore the latest clinical evidence on uterine artery embolization.
Embolize with Experts ǀ 1st International Prostate Registry: What Are the Clinical Data Telling Us?Prof. Marc Sapoval (Paris/FR)
Prof. Marc Sapoval
Sat, Sept 10, 2022
– 15:00-15:45 CEST
Review preliminary results of a prostate multicenter registry, followed by a “How I Do It” discussion.
The Art of dTRA ǀ Distal Radial Access Technique in Peripheral InterventionDr. Darren Klass
(Vancouver/CA)
Dr Darren Klass
Sun, Sept 11, 2022
– 09:00–09:45 CEST
– 11:00–11:45 CEST
Discuss why choosing distal transradial access first expands access options for interventionalists in peripheral procedures. Discover best practices in distal radial access and hemostasis and how this improves patient care.
Advanced Outcomes Made Simple ǀ Liver and Lung Biopsy with the New TEMNO Elite™ NeedleDr. Damian Mullan (Manchester/UK)
Dr Damian Mullan
Sun, Sept 11, 2022
– 13:30–14:15 CEST
– 15:00–15:45 CEST
Explore unique key features of the new TEMNO Elite Biopsy System and how these will benefit liver and lung biopsy procedures.
The Art of dTRA ǀ Distal First: Advancing Vascular AccessDr. Ferdinand Kiemeneij (Tergooi/NL)
Dr. Ferdinand Kiemeneij
Mon, Sept 12, 2022
– 09:00–09:45 CEST
– 11:00–11:45 CEST
Discuss choosing distal transradial access as a first option. Review data and literature highlighting why it should be the default vascular access site and its safety.
Advanced Outcomes Made Simple ǀ Swift Decision Making: When SwiftNINJA® Should Be Used to Overcome Tricky ProceduresProf. Mark Little (Berkshire/UK)
Prof Mark Little
Mon, Sept 12, 2022
– 13:30–14:15 CEST
Find how using SwiftNINJA first will simplify and shorten procedures.
Maximum Results. Fast Recovery ǀ Venous Leg Ulcer: NTNT Treatment OptionMr. Leith Williams (Wirral/UK)
Mr Leith Williams
Tues, Sept 13, 2022
– 09:00–09:45 CEST
– 11:00–11:45 CEST
Explore an innovative approach to treating venous leg ulcers, including the benefits of treating advanced venous disease with non-thermal, non-tumescent technique.

REGISTER NOW TO ATTEND >>


Hands-on Device Training

Discover multiple exclusive sessions organized by CIRSE.

Learning Objectives

  • Discover available devices and technical specifications for the given topic.
  • Obtain basic knowledge about the manipulation of the different devices.

Sessions and Faculty

TOPICFACULTYDATE / TIMESLOCATION
Tumor Ablation (RFA)Prof. Jean-Yves Gaubert (Marseille/FR) and Dr. Maria Tsitskari (Nicosia/CY)Sun, Sept 11, 2022
– 09:45-11:15 CEST
– 12:45-14:15 CEST
– 17:30-18:30 CEST
Room 111
Vertebral AugmentationDr. Paul N.M. Lohle (Tilburg/NL) and Prof. Kai E. Wilhelm (Bonn/DE)Mon, Sept12, 2022
– 09:45-11:15 CEST
– 12:45-14:15 CEST
Room 132
Embolization: Materials & Tools (Particulate Agents)Prof. Bernhard Gebauer (Berlin/DE) and Prof. Stavros Spiliopoulos (Athens/GR)Tues, Sept 13, 2022
– 09:45-11:15 CEST
– 12:45-14:15 CEST
Room 134
Varicose VeinsDr. John M. Regi (Sheffield/GB) and Dr. Filipe Veloso Gomes (Lisbon/PT)Tues, Sept 13, 2022
– 09:45-11:15 CEST
– 12:45-14:15 CEST
Room 132

Advanced Merit Technologies

Visit us at the Merit booth 47 and the Learning Center to explore what our advanced technologies can bring to your procedures.

Sample Assist - Biopsy Samples with the Push of a Button - TEMNO Elite Biopsy System - Merit MedicalTEMNO Elite Biopsy System

Achieve superior samples with the TEMNO Elite Biopsy System, a device that obtains samples 72% larger than competitor side-notch, semi-automatic devices.1

Explore More >>

Syringes of Embosphere Microspheres shownEmbosphere® Microspheres

The most clinically studied spherical embolic, Embosphere is the clear choice among interventional radiologists. Designed for predictable and durable occlusion for the embolisation of symptomatic uterine fibroids, ABMs, and hypervascular tumours, the elastic material allows for temporary compression of up to 33%,3 yielding targeted results for patients and practitioners.

Discover More about the Embosphere >>

SwiftNINJA® Steerable Microcatheter

The SwiftNINJA is an innovative straight-tip catheter featuring an ergonomic steering dial that navigates up to 180 degrees and enables in vivo control. Consisting of a hydrophilic-coated distal 80 cm, the device delivers exceptional precision and speed navigating even in the most challenging vascular ostium.

Learn More about SwiftNINJA >>

ClariVein OC - treatment for endovenous mechanochemical ablationClariVein® OC Infusion Catheter

A minimally invasive solution for patients, the ClariVein OC Infusion Catheter features a unique 360-degree rotatable dispersion wire at the distal end. The catheter design has been engineered with a small profile, exceptional flexibility, strong imaging visualisation, and excellent pushability.

Please Note: The ClariVein OC Infusion Catheter is not available for sale or use within the United States.

Explore the ClariVein OC >>

Maintain Long-Term Vessel Patency - Merit WRAPSODYMerit WRAPSODY Cell-Impermeable Endoprosthesis

Featuring a unique tri-layered endoprosthesis microstructure, the Merit WRAPSODY Cell-Impermeable Endoprosthesis extends long-term vessel patency in patients who experience obstructions in the dialysis outflow circuit. The hydrophilic coating allows pinpoint accuracy, smooth insertion, and withdrawal with top-tier trackability.

Please Note: The Merit WRAPSODY Cell-Impermeable Endoprosthesis is not available for sale or use within the United States.

Discover More >>


We look forward to meeting you at CIRSE 2022 and discussing how our products and services can bring advantages to your practice. See you in Barcelona!

Questions? Contact our Customer Support Center, and speak to one of our representatives. Live chat, phone, or email—we’re here for you. 

Don’t forget to follow us on social media for live conference updates!

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Before using any of the Merit products mentioned above, refer to Instructions for Use for indications, contraindications, warnings, precautions, and directions for use.


REFERENCES

  1. Internal testing with 18G. Data on File. Marketing Claims for the TEMNO Elite Device (ECN147270).

Carmen’s Journey with Fibroids and Finding Relief in UFE

Uterus with Fibroids Present - Fibroid Awareness Month - JulyJuly is Fibroid Awareness Month, a time we recognize a health issue affecting as many as 80 percent of women before they reach the age of 50.1 Fibroids, or muscular tumors that develop in the wall of the uterus, are more common among African Americans than white, Hispanic, or Asian women.1 Generally noncancerous, they can range in size from a small apple seed to a large grapefruit.2

Although some women with fibroids have no symptoms, others may experience abdominal pain, frequent urination, enlargement of the lower abdomen, and heavy menstrual bleeding.2 Despite its prevalence and severe symptoms, the condition is seldom discussed. To change that, we talked with Carmen McKeever, who was first diagnosed with uterine fibroids during an appointment with her gynecologist.

Carmen McKeever - Diagnosed with Uterine FibroidsAt first, Carmen didn’t think anything of her fibroids, but a few years later, she developed serious symptoms, including heavy, long, painful periods—including a devastating cycle that caused her to bleed for an entire month straight.

“Fibroids really impacted my everyday life.” Carmen explained. “Professionally, I am a nurse. At my facility, our uniform is white scrubs. So you can imagine, every month it was like a nightmare.”

During her period, Carmen had to equip herself with an “arsenal” to make it through the day and avoid accidents. On any given day, she admitted to needing a super absorbency tampon, two ultra-absorbency maxi-pads, a Depend® adult diaper, and Spanx® to hold it all together.

All of this wasn’t enough, as Carmen explained. “I also had all that stuff in my bag just in case I had to change, which was about every hour.”

Unable to tolerate going through life like this any longer, Carmen explored fibroid treatments. But like other women seeking an alternative to a complete hysterectomy, Carmen faced resistance when meeting with doctors.

“The help I received from medical professionals was—operate. Hysterectomy. That was it. I just felt like I was being dismissed,” she recalled with emotion. “I oftentimes felt like it was my fault that I had fibroids. That I was wasting people’s time because I was trying to figure out what I was going to do, and not have a hysterectomy, and that was the only answer I was getting.”

After searching and getting nowhere, Carmen finally learned about uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) from an acquaintance who also suffered from fibroids. After attending a free UFE hospital seminar presented by Dr. John Lipman, a vascular and interventional radiologist and fibroid specialist at Atlanta Interventional Institute, she was intrigued.

Uterine Fibroid Embolization - Using embolics to treat uterine fibroidsDuring the UFE procedure, a catheter is carefully inserted into an artery in the wrist or groin area and guided to the uterine arteries that supply fibroids with blood. Tiny particles are injected to cut off blood flow to the fibroids, causing them to shrink. The treatment is generally performed as an outpatient procedure and completed within about one hour.

Upon meeting with Dr. Lipman and learning of UFE, Carmen felt at ease. “He made sure that I had all the information and that I was well-informed, so I could make a logical decision.”

Carmen decided to get UFE and felt it was the best decision. “My pain [during recovery] was nothing compared to the menstrual cramps that I experienced every month,” she described. After resting for four days, she returned to work just one week after the procedure.

Fibroid Awareness Month - July - Image of women who may suffer from uterine fibroidsCarmen’s persistence paid off, and she avoided an unnecessary hysterectomy. “I’m hoping that I can use this platform to let other women know about UFE,” she emphasized. “Women who are afraid to wear white pants and who feel a gush of blood flowing every time they get up from their seat. Who pray they have not messed up their seat at work or messed up the back of their pants or their nice skirt when they go out to dinner or they go to church. I hope that by doing this, I let other women know—just like I found out—that there is an alternative.”

Hear from more patients who have overcome fibroids with UFE and now live full, healthy lives.


The above information should not be construed as providing specific medical advice but rather to offer readers information to better understand their lives and health. It is not intended to provide an alternative to professional treatment or to replace the services of a physician.


REFERENCES

  1. U.S. Food & Drug Administration. “Knowledge and News on Women: Fibroid Awareness Month”. July 1, 2021. https://www.fda.gov/consumers/knowledge-and-news-women-owh-blog/knowledge-news-women-fibroid-awareness-month
  2. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Office of Women’s Health. “Uterine Fibroids”. February 19, 2021. https://www.womenshealth.gov/a-z-topics/uterine-fibroids

What To Expect from Merit at SIR 2022 – “Advanced Outcomes Made Simple”

Advanced Outcomes Made Simple - SIR 2022Merit will be exhibiting at SIR 2022, the Society of Interventional Radiology’s Annual Scientific Meeting. Join us June 12 – 14 in Boston, MA, for a high-quality educational program with an international audience, in-person training, and hands-on workshops. Along with showcasing an exciting lineup of leading-edge products, this year we’re hosting a Lunch & Learn session you won’t want to miss.

Here’s a sneak peek of what you can expect at booth #418:

LUNCH & LEARN

Lunch is on us! We hope to see you Monday, June 13 at 12:00 PM EDT for the following educational presentation:

Case-Based Discussion of Steerable Technology in Treatment of VCF and Spinal Metastatic Disease

DATE: Monday, June 13

TIME: 12:00 pm EDT

WHERE: Booth #418

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  • Understand Clinical & Procedural Value of Steerable Devices
  • Discover Therapy-Awareness Strategies
  • Engage in Case-Based Discussion and Q&A

FACULTY

J. Dana Dunleavy - Think Spine Proctor

Dana Dunleavy, M.D.
Windsong Radiology Director of Interventional & Vascular Services
Buffalo, NY
Learn more about Dr. Dunleavy

PRODUCT SHOWCASE AT BOOTH #418

NEW Prelude Roadster™ Guide Sheath

Prelude Roadster

Expand your diagnostic and interventional procedures with the new Prelude Roadster, a longer guide sheath designed to access difficult anatomy in the peripheral vasculature. Stop by booth #418 to be among the first to discover this brand-new technology.

ReSolve® Thoracostomy Tray

ReSolve Thoracostomy Tray - Merit Medical

The ReSolve Thoracostomy Tray allows air (pneumothorax) and fluid (pleural effusion) to be drained from the pleural space through a percutaneous approach rather than an open surgical approach, providing your patients with minimally invasive care.

TEMNO Elite™ Biopsy System

Sample Assist - Biopsy Samples with the Push of a Button - TEMNO Elite Biopsy System - Merit Medical

The TEMNO Elite Biopsy System offers the reliability you expect with new features designed to provide superior soft tissue samples and total procedure control.

SplashWire™ Hydrophilic Steerable Guide Wire

SplashWire - REIMAGINE YOUR GUIDE WIRE

The Merit SplashWire combines optimum lubricity, exceptional torque response, and enhanced visibility, helping you achieve the successful outcomes you expect for your patients. We designed the SplashWire to successfully perform in the most complex cases.

ReSolve ConvertX® Nephroureteral & Biliary Stent System

ReSolve ConvertX - Ureteral or Biliary Obstructions

Drain to stent in 30 seconds1 with the ConvertX. Designed to treat ureteral and biliary obstructions, you can place it like any internal-external drain, then convert it to a stent when you’re ready.

Surfacer® Inside-Out® Access Catheter System

Surfacer® Inside-Out Access system - Restore Access, Preserve Options - Merit Medical

Pioneered by interventional cardiologist John Gurley, M.D., the Inside-Out approach was developed in response to patients with chronically occluded veins that required life-saving vascular access. Inserted in the femoral vein, the Surfacer Inside-Out Access Catheter System locates an exit from the right internal jugular vein, maintaining viable secondary veins if necessary.

See the Surfacer featured on the cover of June 2022 Journal of Vascular Surgery.

One-Vac™ Evacuated Drainage Bottle

One-Vac Evacuated Drainage Bottle

Engineered with an advanced design, the One-Vac is the smart option when choosing an evacuated drainage bottle. Built with a number of key features, the One-Vac makes percutaneous fluid collection and discard simple, efficient, and safe for you and your patients.

EmboCube® Embolization Gelatin

EmboCube Embolization Gelatin

Specifically designed for embolization of hypervascular tumors and blood vessels to occlude blood flow, EmboCube controls hemorrhaging in the peripheral vasculature. Gelatin is cut uniformly in preloaded 1-mL or 3-mL Medallion® Syringes to help ensure seamless prep and accurate delivery.

Embosphere® Microspheres

The most clinically studied spherical embolic, Embosphere is the clear choice among interventional radiologists. Designed for predictable and durable occlusion for the embolization of symptomatic uterine fibroids, AVMs, and hypervascular tumors, the elastic material allows for temporary compression of up to 33%3, yielding targeted results for patients and practitioners.

Merit Maestro® Microcatheters

Maestro Microcatheter - Embolotherapy Delivery System

A multipurpose microcatheter, the Maestro is designed to deploy coils up to 0.018″ and embolics up to and including 900 µm. A swan neck design helps you seat the catheter in the vessel, reducing the recoiling effect.

SwiftNINJA® Steerable Microcatheter

SwiftNINJAfull_coiled-sm

The SwiftNINJA is an innovative straight-tip catheter featuring an ergonomic steering dial that navigates up to 180 degrees and enables in vivo control. Consisting of a hydrophilic-coated distal 80 cm, the device delivers exceptional precision and speed even when you’re navigating the most challenging vascular ostium.

Prelude IDeal™ Hydrophilic Sheath Introducer

Prelude IDeal Sheath Introducer - Merit Medical

A hydrophilic access sheath with increased kink and compression resistance makes the IDeal the tool of choice for your radial access procedures.

Arcadia™ Steerable Balloon-Assisted Vertebral Augmentation

Arcadia Steerable Balloon-Assisted Vertebral Augmentation

The Arcadia is designed to achieve controlled, precise, targeted cavity creation in your vertebral augmentation procedures—whether your approach is unipedicular or bipedicular.

NEW AT MERIT: Arcadia™ Curved Delivery Cannula

Arcadia Curved Delivery Cannula - VCF

Stop by booth #418 and ask us about our NEW Arcadia™ Curved Delivery Cannula—a bone cement delivery system designed for predicable cement deposition across the midline of the vertebral body, optimizing cement volume, while potentially reducing the need for bipedicular access.

STAR™ Tumor Ablation System

STAR Tumor Ablation - Radiofrequency Ablation - Merit Medical

STAR delivers meaningful pain relief and localized tumor destruction in a single treatment. Your patients will appreciate that this mechanism is designed to perform successfully and comfortably in an outpatient setting.


We look forward to seeing you at SIR 2022 and discussing all the ways we can help you enhance your patient care. Questions? Contact our Customer Support team and speak to one of our representatives. Live chat, phone, or email—we are here for you.

Don’t forget to follow us on social media for live conference updates!


Before using any of the Merit products mentioned above, refer to Instructions for Use for indications, contraindications, warnings, precautions, and directions for use.

REFERENCES

  1. Data on File.
  2. Laurent et al. Am J Neuroradial 1996.

Men’s Health Month: Reclaiming Quality of Life with Prostatic Artery Embolization

Merit Medical Brings Awareness to Men's HealthJune is Men’s Health Month, a time we use at Merit to raise awareness about conditions that affect men, encouraging individuals to take control of their health and live their best lives. We do this by providing the products and education needed to help physicians and patients learn more about life-changing procedures. One such procedure called prostatic artery embolization (PAE) is a minimally invasive approach to treating bothersome urinary symptoms caused by an enlarged prostate, also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).

We sat down with Larry Sago, a patient who underwent PAE, to hear his story and better understand how life changing the procedure can be.

“The difference is like night and day,” Larry said, describing his life before and after prostatic artery embolization (PAE).

Larry’s journey began when he was diagnosed with BPH. A common condition, about half of all men in their 50s develop BPH—a statistic that increases with age.1 Although non-cancerous, BPH can cause a host of bothersome urinary symptoms, including feelings of urinary urgency, weak or interrupted urine stream, and urinary frequency.

Larry Sago - Mens Health Month - PAEFor months prior to undergoing PAE, BPH began to take a major toll on Larry’s life. He started experiencing urine retention and found at times he couldn’t go at all. In pain, Larry resorted to driving himself to the ER to get a Foley catheter inserted to temporarily relieve the pressure.

For many men like Larry who suffer from BPH, the first line of treatment is commonly prescription medications to treat the symptoms, but these are occasionally ineffective and often have less-than-desirable side effects. After trying medications, Larry found his symptoms couldn’t be controlled any longer and continued to worsen. “My urologist told me TURP [transurethral resection of the prostate] was about the only answer.”

TURP is a surgical procedure that cuts away the prostate tissue that blocks the flow of urine. While very effective in improving urination, it can be associated with complications like bleeding, urinary leakage, and sexual side effects. The bleeding risks become more concerning the larger the prostate becomes.

Not wanting to have surgery or to risk having the complications associated with TURP, Larry researched non-surgical treatment options online but wasn’t finding much. As luck would have it, Larry one day found an article by University of North Carolina (UNC) Clinical Assistant Professor of Radiology Dr. Ari Isaacson discussing minimally invasive PAE at the UNC Health Care System’s Center for Heart and Vascular Care.

“I emailed Dr. Isaacson as soon as I read about [PAE],” Larry recalled. “Amazingly, within half an hour he’d written me back asking for my phone number to further talk about the procedure. He called me and communicated all aspects of [PAE] very clearly.” Liking what he heard, Larry drove from Atlanta to Chapel Hill to meet with Dr. Isaacson. Once a biopsy cleared him of prostate cancer, Larry was able to undergo the procedure as part of a clinical trial.

PAE is performed by an interventional radiologist and takes approximately one to two hours to complete. Under conscious sedation, a small puncture is made in the upper thigh or arm. A slender catheter is then inserted and guided via real-time imaging into the prostatic arteries that supply the prostate with blood. Tiny embolic particles are injected into these arteries, blocking blood flow to the enlarged areas of the prostate. Once deprived of blood, these areas of tissue die (necrosis).

“PAE results in shrinking and softening of the prostate which allows for urine to flow through easier, ultimately reducing urinary symptoms,” Dr. Isaacson explained. “Some of the advantages of PAE are that it is performed as an outpatient procedure, and the recovery time is quick. In most cases, no Foley catheter is required. PAE also has very little chance of affecting sexual function. In some cases, sexual function is even improved after patients are able to stop taking BPH medications.”

Post-PAE, Larry describes the procedure as easy with no pain or bleeding. Afterward, he was able to go back to his hotel room in Chapel Hill, spend the night, and drive home to Atlanta the next day. “For about a week, my former BPH symptoms returned, but they were briefer and milder this time. Once they went away, I felt like I was 20 years old again!”

PAE not only resulted in clinical improvements, it also gave Larry something priceless—his life back.

“I literally don’t think about the symptoms I used to struggle with,” Larry said. “I can go play golf without having to worry about going to the bathroom in the middle of the golf course!”

Ari Isaacson - Mens Health Month - PAE“I’m so pleased for Larry,” Dr. Isaacson noted. “His case demonstrates how effective this procedure can be. Many PAE patients can enjoy improved urination for years following the procedure.”

Feeling truly fortunate to have been a candidate for PAE, Larry said the only thing he would’ve done differently was have the procedure sooner. “If this treatment had been available, I would’ve done it years earlier. I simply hope there’s more awareness so that others can experience the boost in quality of life and long-term health that I did.”

Explore other patient testimonials and learn more about PAE.

At Merit, our mission is to improve the lives of people, families, and communities around the globe. If Larry’s story resonated with you, and you’re experiencing bothersome symptoms from BPH, talk to your doctor today to see if PAE might be an option for you.


The above information should not be construed as providing specific medical advice but rather to offer readers information to better understand their lives and health. It is not intended to provide an alternative to professional treatment or to replace the services of a physician.

REFERENCES

  1. Urology Care Foundation. (n.d.). What Is Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)? Retrieved from http://www.urologyhealth.org/urologic-conditions/benign-prostatic-hyperplasia-(bph)/

Join Merit Medical for Hands-on Workshops at the European Vascular Course 2022

European Vascular Course 2022 - Hands On WorkshopsMerit will be exhibiting at the European Vascular Course, held from 12 – 14 June in Maastricht. The course will celebrate its 25th anniversary and will comprise more than 300 workshops. Our team will be showcasing cutting-edge technologies and hosting seven experiential hands-on workshops. Please register for our workshop program via www.vascular-course.com. We look forward to seeing you in person at booth #28 and training room #2.4!

Check out what the Merit team has in store for attendees:

PHYSICIAN EDUCATION

Serious Challenges in the Dialysis Access Circuit: What Treatment Options Would You Choose and Why?

Course Option 1:

  • DATE: Sunday, 12 June
  • TIME: 16:30 – 18:00 CEST

Course Option 2:

  • DATE: Tuesday, 14 June
  • TIME: 09:00 – 10:30 CEST

Faculty:

  • Mr. James Gilbert, Transplant & Vascular Access Surgeon, Oxford, UK

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand development in dialysis access
  • Provide options in complex, unusual, and desperate access situations
  • Learn treatment and patient algorithm
  • Increase knowledge and skill set on the use of the Merit WRAPSODY™ Cell-Impermeable Endoprosthesis, HeRO® Graft, and Surfacer® Inside-Out® procedures

Attendees: This training session is designed for physicians with an interest in difficult ESRD access with patients who have central venous stenosis and central venous occlusion: vascular surgeons, interventional radiologists, and nephrologists.

Merit WRAPSODY Cell-Impermeable Endoprosthesis

Maintain Long-Term Vessel Patency - Merit WRAPSODY

HeRO Graft

HeRO Graft - Hemodialysis Reliable Outflow

Surfacer Inside-Out Access Catheter System


How Low Can You Go? Benefits of Treating to the Lowest Point of Incompetence.

Course Option 1:

  • DATE: Sunday, 12 June
  • TIME: 10:00 – 11:00 CEST

Course Option 2:

  • DATE: Monday, 13 June
  • TIME: 16:00 – 17:00 CEST

Faculty:

  • Mr. Leith Williams, Vascular Surgeon, Wirral, UK

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the benefits of treating advanced venous disease with non-thermal, non-tumescent (NTNT) technique
  • Learn an innovative approach to treat VLU
  • Experience a practical approach to the ClariVein® OC device and the procedure

Attendees: This training session is designed for physicians with an interest in chronic venous insufficiency and phlebology: vascular surgeons, interventional radiologists, phlebologists, angiologists, dermatologists, and physician associates.

ClariVein OC - treatment for endovenous mechanochemical ablation

Tackle Common Procedural Challenges: Wires, Catheters, and Snares—Which Are the Best Options?

Course:

  • DATE: Sunday, 12 June
  • TIME: 13:00 – 14:30 CEST

Faculty:

  • The Merit Education Team

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn the basics of diagnostic wires, catheters, and snares
  • Understand how to differentiate between Teflon wires and hydrophilic wires
  • Explore how to cannulate visceral and cerebral vessels by using different wires and catheters as well as the removal of foreign objects

Attendees: This training session is designed for residents with an interest in interventional radiology.


Distal First? What’s New in Transradial Access.

Course:

  • DATE: Monday, 13 June
  • TIME: 12:00 – 13:30 CEST

Faculty:

  • The Merit Education Team

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand proximal and distal radial access as well as how it impacts practices
  • Learn ultrasound access techniques with POV instruction, haemostasis, and avoid common pitfalls
  • Comprehend case selection and patient prep workflow

Attendees: This training session is designed for physicians with an interest in radial and distal radial access: interventional cardiologists, interventional radiologists, neurointerventional radiologists, and interventional nephrologists.


Vascular Access Nurse—What Is the Latest ESRD Access That Can Benefit Patients with Failing Fistulas and Grafts?

Course:

  • DATE: Monday, 13 June
  • TIME: 09:20 – 11:00 CEST

Faculty:

  • The Merit Education Team

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand development in dialysis access
  • Support vascular wellness best practice
  • Improve vascular access care for patients

Attendees: This training session is designed for nurses with an interest in difficult ESRD access with patients who have central venous stenosis and central venous occlusion.

PRODUCT SHOWCASE AT BOOTH 28

Hero Graft front cutaway diagram of graft insertion into patientHeRO® Graft

The HeRO Graft, a hemodialysis access graft designed for catheter-dependent patients or those failing fistulas or other grafts, offers a 69% reduction in future infections compared to patients receiving catheters as well as a cost-saving of 23% on average per year.

Surfacer® Inside-Out Access system - Restore Access, Preserve Options - Merit MedicalSurfacer® Inside-Out® Access Catheter System

Pioneered by interventional cardiologist John Gurley, M.D., the Inside-Out approach was developed in response to patients with chronically occluded veins that required life-saving vascular access. Inserted in the femoral vein, the Surfacer® Inside-Out® Access Catheter System locates an exit from the right internal jugular vein, maintaining viable secondary veins if necessary.

See the Surfacer featured on the cover of June 2022 Journal of Vascular Surgery.

Maintain Long-Term Vessel Patency - Merit WRAPSODYMerit WRAPSODY™ Cell-Impermeable Endoprosthesis

Featuring a unique tri-layered endoprosthesis microstructure, the Merit WRAPSODY Cell-Impermeable Endoprosthesis extends long-term vessel patency in patients who experience obstructions in the dialysis outflow circuit. The hydrophilic coating allows pinpoint accuracy, smooth insertion, and withdrawal with top-tier trackability.

Please Note: The Merit WRAPSODY Cell-Impermeable Endoprosthesis is not available for sale or use within the United States.

ClariVein OC Infusion CatheterClariVein® OC Infusion Catheter

A minimally invasive solution for patients, the ClariVein® OC Infusion Catheter features a unique 360-degree rotatable dispersion wire at the distal end. The catheter design has been engineered with a small profile, exceptional flexibility, strong imaging visualization, and excellent pushability.

Please Note: The ClariVein OC Infusion Catheter is not available for sale or use within the United States.

Mini Access Kits - Merit MAKMerit MAK™ Mini Access Kit

To access the vascular system, Merit MAK Mini Access Kits take a very small approach, minimizing bleeding and trauma for the patient. Merit MAK guide wires are carefully engineered with a fully enclosed hoop and available in several configurations. Each kit includes a coaxial introducer/dilator pair, 21G needle, and guide wire.


Merit is committed to offering healthcare professionals the technologies and education opportunities they need to improve patient care. We are proud to participate in EVC 2022 and look forward to seeing you in person. Register for EVC and all workshops at www.vascular-course.com.

Merit WRAPSODY™ Endoprosthesis and ClariVein® OC are not approved or available for sale in the United States.

Before using any of the Merit products mentioned above, refer to Instructions for Use for indications, contraindications, warnings, precautions, and directions for use.

REFERENCES

  1. Katzman et al., J Vasc Surg 2009.
  2. Dageforde et al., JSR 2012.

Join Merit Medical for Educational Sessions and Live Case Transmission at LINC 2022

LINC 2022 - Join Merit at Booth 39We look forward to attending the Leipzig Interventional Course (LINC), held from 6 to 9 June, in person and online. Our team will be hosting a satellite symposium with live case transmission and several on-demand learning centre sessions. Attendees can also visit Merit booth #39 to explore multiple product innovations.

Mark your calendars—here’s an outline of what we have planned:

SATELLITE SYMPOSIUM

DATE: Monday, 6 June

TIME: 15:50 – 17:05 CEST

WHERE: Main Arena 2 & Online

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Follow an overview on the evolution of covered stents
  • Learn more about the current WRAPSODY trial pipeline (FIRST, IDE, and Registry)
  • Understand how to manage patients and how to decide their best treatment options (i.e., treatment algorithm)
  • Discover how the WRAPSODY can be beneficial and cost effective in daily treatment

AGENDA

TIMEDESCRIPTIONFACULTY
15:50 – 15:53Introduction by the moderatorProf. Dr. Fabrizio Fanelli
15:53 – 16:04The evolution of covered stentsDr. Tobias Steinke
16:04 – 16:16Live case transmission from Varese University of InsubriaProf. Dr. Matteo Tozzi
16:16 – 16:27Clinical trials: WRAPSODY FIRST, IDE, and RegistryProf. Dr. Dheeraj Rajan
16:27 – 16:39Recorded case presentationDr. Tobias Steinke
16:39 – 16:50The algorithm for covered stent treatmentDr. Ounali Jaffer
16:50 – 17:00Health economics in covered stent management: An overviewProf. Katarzyna Kolasa
17:00 – 17:05Final Q&A and wrap-up

LEARNING CENTRE SESSIONS

CENTRE 1

Rethinking AVF Management: WRAPSODY, the Cell-Impermeable Endoprosthesis in Challenging AV Access Repair

Faculty:

  • Dr. Tobias Steinke, Vascular Surgeon, Schön Klinik, Dusseldorf, Germany
  • Dr. Andrew Wigham, Interventional Radiologist, Churchill Hospital, Oxford, United Kingdom
Maintain Long-Term Vessel Patency - Merit WRAPSODY

CENTRE 2

Transradial TACE with HepaSphere™ Microspheres: A Journey from Patient Selection to Outcome

Faculty:

  • Dr. Darren Klass, Clinical Associate Professor, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada; Consultant Radiologist, Cleveland Clinic, London, United Kingdom

CENTRE 3

ClariVein® OC Procedural Video

Faculty:

  • Mr. Leith Williams, Vascular Surgeon, Wirral, United Kingdom
ClariVein OC - treatment for endovenous mechanochemical ablation

PRODUCT SHOWCASE IN BOOTH 39

Hero Graft front cutaway diagram of graft insertion into patientHeRO® Graft

The HeRO Graft, a hemodialysis access graft designed for catheter-dependent patients or those failing fistulas or other grafts, offers a 69% reduction in future infections compared to patients receiving catheters as well as a cost-saving of 23% on average per year.

Surfacer® Inside-Out Access system - Restore Access, Preserve Options - Merit MedicalSurfacer® Inside-Out® Access Catheter System

Pioneered by interventional cardiologist John Gurley, M.D., the Inside-Out approach was developed in response to patients with chronically occluded veins that required life-saving vascular access. Inserted in the femoral vein, the Surfacer® Inside-Out® Access Catheter System locates an exit from the right internal jugular vein, maintaining viable secondary veins if necessary.

See the Surfacer featured on the cover of June 2022 Journal of Vascular Surgery.

Maintain Long-Term Vessel Patency - Merit WRAPSODYMerit WRAPSODY™ Cell-Impermeable Endoprosthesis

Featuring a unique tri-layered endoprosthesis microstructure, the Merit WRAPSODY Cell-Impermeable Endoprosthesis extends long-term vessel patency in patients who experience obstructions in the dialysis outflow circuit. The hydrophilic coating allows pinpoint accuracy, smooth insertion, and withdrawal with top-tier trackability.

Please Note: The Merit WRAPSODY Cell-Impermeable Endoprosthesis is not available for sale or use within the United States.

ClariVein OC Infusion CatheterClariVein® OC Infusion Catheter

A minimally invasive solution for patients, the ClariVein® OC Infusion Catheter features a unique 360-degree rotatable dispersion wire at the distal end. The catheter design has been engineered with a small profile, exceptional flexibility, strong imaging visualization, and excellent pushability.

Please Note: The ClariVein OC Infusion Catheter is not available for sale or use within the United States.

Mini Access Kits - Merit MAKMerit MAK™ Mini Access Kit

To access the vascular system, Merit MAK Mini Access Kits take a very small approach, minimizing bleeding and trauma for the patient. Merit MAK guide wires are carefully engineered with a fully enclosed hoop and available in several configurations. Each kit includes a coaxial introducer/dilator pair, 21G needle, and guide wire.

Embosphere MicrospheresEmbosphere® Microspheres

The most clinically studied spherical embolic, Embosphere is the clear choice among interventional radiologists. Designed for predictable and durable occlusion for the embolisation of symptomatic uterine fibroids, ABMs, and hypervascular tumours, the elastic material allows for temporary compression of up to 33%,3 yielding targeted results for patients and practitioners.

EmboCube® Embolization GelatinEmboCube® Embolization Gelatin

Specifically designed for embolisation of hypervascular tumours and blood vessels to occlude blood flow, EmboCube consistently controls haemorrhaging in the peripheral vasculature. Gelatin is cut uniformly in preloaded 1-mL or 3-mL Medallion® Syringes to help ensure seamless prep and accurate delivery.

SwiftNINJA® Steerable MicrocatheterSwiftNINJA® Steerable Microcatheter

The SwiftNINJA is an innovative straight-tip catheter featuring an ergonomic steering dial that navigates up to 180 degrees and enables in vivo control. Consisting of a hydrophilic-coated distal 80 cm, the device delivers exceptional precision and speed navigating even in the most challenging vascular ostium.


We look forward to seeing you at LINC 2022 and presenting all the ways we can partner with you for better patient care. Questions? Contact our Customer Support team and speak to one of our representatives via live chat, phone, or email.

Merit WRAPSODY™ Endoprosthesis and ClariVein® OC are not approved or available for sale in the United States.

Before using any of the Merit products mentioned above, refer to Instructions for Use for indications, contraindications, warnings, precautions, and directions for use.

REFERENCES

  1. Katzman et al., J Vasc Surg 2009.
  2. Dageforde et al., JSR 2012.
  3. Laurent et al. Am J Neuroradial 1996.

Join Merit Medical for “The Flow Stops Here” at GEST 2022

The Flow Stops Here - GEST 2022Merit will be exhibiting at GEST 2022: Global Embolization Oncology Symposium Technologies. This year’s annual conference features an international audience with in-person training and hands-on workshops in New York, NY. Our theme for this year’s Symposium is The Flow Stops Here, a bold commitment to offering high-quality embolotherapy products and services designed to improve outcomes for physicians and their patients.

PRODUCT SHOWCASE AT BOOTH #801

Embosphere MicrospheresEmbosphere® Microspheres

The most clinically studied spherical embolic, Merit’s Embosphere Microspheres are the clear choice among interventional radiologists. Designed for predictable and durable occlusion for the embolization of symptomatic uterine fibroids, ABMs, and hypervascular tumors, the elastic material allows for temporary compression of up to 33%,1 yielding targeted results for patients and practitioners.

Embocube Embolization GelatinEmbocube® Embolization Gelatin

Specifically designed for embolization of hypervascular tumors and blood vessels to occlude blood flow, Embocube Embolization Gelatin consistently controls hemorrhaging in the peripheral vasculature. Gelatin is cut uniformly in preloaded 1-mL or 3-mL Medallion® Syringes to help ensure seamless prep and accurate delivery.

SwiftNINJASwiftNINJA® Steerable Microcatheter

The SwiftNINJA Steerable Microcatheter is an innovative straight-tip catheter featuring an ergonomic steering dial that navigates up to 180 degrees and enables in vivo control. Consisting of a hydrophilic-coated distal 80 cm, the device delivers exceptional precision and speed navigating even in the most challenging vascular ostium.


We look forward to seeing you at GEST 2022—where #TheFlowStopsHere!

Questions? Contact our Customer Support Center, and speak to one of our representatives via live chat, phone, or email.

Before using any of the Merit products mentioned above, refer to Instructions for Use for indications, contraindications, warnings, precautions, and directions for use.

REFERENCES

  1. Laurent et al. 1996. “Trisacryl Gelatin Microspheres for Therapeutic Embolization, I: Development and In Vitro Evaluation.” Am J Neuroradial 17:533-540

Breaking Down Osteoporosis with Dr. Altin Stafa

Altin Stafa, MD - NeuroradiologistSuffering a broken hip may seem somewhat common for aging adults, but it can actually be a warning sign for a serious medical condition called osteoporosis, affecting 1 in 5 women over 50. May is Osteoporosis Month, and to gain an understanding of how the disease is prevented and treated, we spoke with Altin Stafa, MD, neuroradiologist at Ca’ Foncello Hospital of Treviso (Italy).

What is osteoporosis, and who is most at risk?

Osteoporosis is a bone disease that develops when bone mineral density and bone mass decrease, or when the quality or structure of bone changes, decreasing bone strength and increasing the risk of fractures or broken bones.

Some consider osteoporosis a “silent” disease, because people with osteoporosis typically do not learn of their diagnosis until first breaking a bone. Fractures can occur in any bone but are most common in bones of the hip, wrist, and vertebrae in the spine.

“Osteoporosis mainly affects women at menopause when levels of bone-bolstering estrogen fall rapidly,” Dr. Stafa explains. “However, it should not be forgotten that men of the same age, even though much less frequently, can also suffer from osteoporosis. In addition, pathological conditions, such as hyperparathyroidism and chronic kidney disease, can cause gender-independent osteoporosis even at a younger age.”

If a parent experiences a broken hip or other broken bone, one may be at higher risk and should discuss with a doctor if screening for osteoporosis is recommended.

What types of fractures are most common among patients with osteoporosis?

Spinal Fractures L1 & L2Fractures are often the first sign of the disease for people living with osteoporosis, and vertebral fractures are among the most frequent type. Why does this happen? “The static and dynamic load which the spine is subjected to is much higher than the one of other bone segments. The spinal segment most frequently affected by compression fractures is the lumbar one, in the lower back region, due to its higher static and dynamic load. Also, the last two thoracic vertebrae, in the mid-back region, are frequently a fracture target because of higher dynamic load, consequent to spinal torsion, flexion, and extension,” Dr. Stafa clarifies.

For some patients with more severe osteoporosis, Dr. Stafa shares that “the mid thoracic vertebrae can also fracture.” He advises giving special attention to the sacrum, that sits below the lumbar vertebrae, which frequently has underdiagnosed fractures. “Compression fractures of the cervical spine in the neck region and of the upper thoracic region are rare,” Dr. Stafa adds.

How are fractures diagnosed and treated?

People experiencing significant, sudden, localized back pain that interferes with daily life should consider seeking medical expertise to evaluate their spine for possible diagnosis of a vertebral fracture. “Even when they are not painful, osteoporotic vertebral fractures may cause a gradual and severe reduction of the vertebral body height, which can negatively impact the biodynamics of the whole spine, causing spinal deformity (i.e., kyphosis), chronic back pain, consequent chest and abdominal space reduction with overall negative impact on the patient’s quality of life,” Dr. Stafa explains.

A number of treatments are available for patients with fractures, according to Dr. Stafa. “Vertebral compression fracture treatments include pain medication, bed rest, and bracing as well as physiotherapy. Although these approaches may help some patients, most of them have found little to no relief or clinical improvement.”

What is vertebral augmentation treatment?

“People with serious pain from fractures may benefit from vertebral augmentation. This minimally invasive procedure has provided substantial, immediate pain relief while reducing progressive vertebral body height reduction and consequent spinal deformity,” Dr. Stafa explains. Vertebral augmentation involves one or two very small incisions in the skin (less than 1 cm in length) to access the vertebral body affected by the fracture, creating channels or cavities inside the vertebral body, and delivering bone cement to stabilize the fracture.

Merit has designed cutting-edge vertebral augmentation products for physicians that address patient-specific needs when treating vertebral compression fractures. “Good clinical outcomes are a result of the ability to control the size, shape, and location of channels and cavities in the vertebrae, using steerable devices, to allow for optimal amount and location of cement, to stabilize the fracture,” Dr. Stafa shares.

Merit Medical is dedicated to collaborating with physicians to innovate the tools needed to help create a better quality of life for people living with osteoporosis. Learn more about our Spine portfolio of diagnostic and interventional products that target spine pathology and reduce pain with minimally invasive precision. Contact our Customer Support Center to learn how you can implement these and more into your practice.


References:

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2022. “Does Osteoporosis Run in Your Family?” https://www.cdc.gov/genomics/disease/osteoporosis.htm
  2. National Institutes of Health. 2022. “Osteoporosis Overview.” https://www.bones.nih.gov/health-info/bone/osteoporosis/overview

Merit Medical to Exhibit at HRS 2022: Excellence in EP Access and Lead Management

This week, the EP community is heading to San Francisco for the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) annual meeting. Friday, April 29 – Sunday, May 1, physicians all over the globe will have access to in-person and online sessions. As a leader in EP and CRM, Merit is thrilled to exhibit cutting-edge technologies and host hands-on physician education, the theme this year: “Excellence in EP Access and Lead Management.”

PRODUCT SHOWCASE AT BOOTH #2034

SafeGuard FocusSafeGuard Focus™ Compression Device

Achieve targeted hemostasis with the SafeGuard Focus, a specialized compression device specifically designed for use in patients with pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) pockets.

HeartSpan PortfolioHeartSpan® Portfolio

The HeartSpan portfolio – including the HeartSpan Fixed Curve Braided Transseptal Sheath, the HeartSpan Steerable Sheath Introducer, and the HeartSpan Transseptal Needle – offers advanced needles, introducers, and sheaths that work together to assist with ease of femoral insertion, trauma reduction when crossing the atrial septum, and ergonomic support during long procedures.

Worley LV Lead Delivery SystemWorley™ LV Lead Delivery System

To meet the challenges of cardiac resynchronization therapy, the Worley system provides the solutions needed to reduce implantation times, gain easier access to the target vessel, and improve chances for successful implantation.

Vitale Occlusion BalloonVitale™ Occlusion Balloon

The Vitale Occlusion Balloon maintains hemostasis for up to 30 minutes,* allowing time for patients to stabilize and transition to surgery. Faster inflation, faster deflation, and better kink resistance offers better outcomes for you and your patients.

PHYSICIAN EDUCATION

Hands-On Training: I-CRT Tools & Techniques

Faculty: Seth Worley, MD, FHRS, FACC

Date: Saturday, April 30

Time: 12:45PM – 1:30PM PDT

Location: Booth #2034


Merit is committed to offering physicians the technologies and education opportunities they need to improve patient care. We look forward to discussing what we can do for your practice. See you at HRS 2022!

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Before using any of the Merit products mentioned above, refer to Instructions for Use for indications, contraindications, warnings, precautions, and directions for use.

*Data on file.

Merit Medical to Showcase Innovative Products and Participate in Hands-on Workshops at Charing Cross 2022

Merit will be exhibiting at this year’s Charing Cross International Symposium 2022, “the leading vascular symposium where Education, Innovation, and Evidence come together.” This year’s symposium will be offered in-person in London and virtually 26-28 April. Merit is hosting two experiential hands-on workshops and two interactive physician education opportunities.

Find us at booth #16 where we’ll be showcasing the following products:

PRODUCT SHOWCASE

Hero Graft front cutaway diagram of graft insertion into patientHeRO® Graft

The HeRO Graft, a hemodialysis access graft designed for catheter-dependent patients or those failing fistulas or other grafts, offers a 69% reduction in future infections compared to patients receiving catheters as well as a cost-saving of 23% on average per year.

Surfacer® Inside-Out Access system - Restore Access, Preserve Options - Merit MedicalSurfacer® Inside-Out® Access Catheter System

Pioneered by interventional cardiologist John Gurley, M.D., the Inside-Out approach was developed in response to patients with chronically occluded veins that required life-saving vascular access. Inserted in the femoral vein, the Surfacer® Inside-Out® Access Catheter System locates an exit from the right internal jugular vein, maintaining viable secondary veins if necessary.

Maintain Long-Term Vessel Patency - Merit WRAPSODYMerit WRAPSODY™ Cell-Impermeable Endoprosthesis

Featuring a unique tri-layered endoprosthesis microstructure, the Merit WRAPSODY Cell-Impermeable Endoprosthesis extends long-term vessel patency in patients who experience obstructions in the dialysis outflow circuit. The hydrophilic coating allows pinpoint accuracy, smooth insertion, and withdrawal with top-tier trackability.

Please Note: The Merit WRAPSODY Cell-Impermeable Endoprosthesis is not available for sale or use within the United States.

ClariVein OC Infusion CatheterClariVein® OC Infusion Catheter

A minimally invasive solution for patients, the ClariVein® OC Infusion Catheter features a unique 360-degree rotatable dispersion wire at the distal end. The catheter design has been engineered with a small profile, exceptional flexibility, strong imaging visualization, and excellent pushability.

Please Note: The ClariVein OC Infusion Catheter is not available for sale or use within the United States.

Mini Access Kits - Merit MAKMerit MAK™ Mini Access Kit

To access the vascular system, Merit MAK Mini Access Kits take a very small approach, minimizing bleeding and trauma for the patient. Merit MAK guide wires are carefully engineered with a fully enclosed hoop and available in several configurations. Each kit includes a coaxial introducer/dilator pair, 21G needle, and guide wire.

PHYSICIAN EDUCATION

Edited Case: How to Treat Venous Leg Ulcers Efficiently.
How Low Can You Go?

Faculty: Mr. Leith Williams

Date: Tuesday, 26 April

Time: 16:50-16:55 BST

Location: Kensington 2, Venous and Lymphatic Challenges

Learning Objectives:

• Understand the benefits of treating advanced venous disease with the ClariVein OC/NTNT technique.
• Receive an update of evidence and guidance on the treatment of venous leg ulcers
• Learn a practical approach to the ClariVein OC device and procedure

Satellite Symposium: When to Stent? Which Stent?
Continuing Experience with the WRAPSODY Cell-Impermeable Endoprosthesis

Faculty: Dr. Andrew Wigham, Dr. Ounali Jaffer, and Dr. Robert Jones

Date: Wednesday, 27 April

Time: 10:00-10:30 AM BST

Location: Richmond, Vascular Access Masterclass

Learning Objectives:

• Understand how to manage patients and how to decide their best treatment options (i.e., treatment algorithm)
• Know more about the current WRAPSODY trial pipeline (FIRST, IDE, and Registry)
• Learn how WRAPSODY can be beneficial and cost effective in daily treatment

HANDS-ON WORKSHOPS

Hands-on Vascular Access Workstation with the Merit WRAPSODY, HeRO Graft, and Surfacer

Faculty: Mr. Gilbert

Date: Tuesday, 26 April

Time: 10:00-15:00 BST

Location: Workshop Wing

Hands-on Venous Workstation with the ClariVein OC and Merit MAK Mini Access Kit

Faculty: Mr. Williams

Date: Wednesday, 27 April

Time: 09:30-15:30 BST

Location: Workshop Wing


At Merit Medical, we are equally dedicated to cutting-edge innovation with our medical products and physician education. Merit is proud to participate in Charing Cross 2022, and we look forward to seeing you in person or virtually!

Merit WRAPSODY™ Endoprosthesis and ClariVein® OC are not approved or available for sale in the United States.

Before using any of the Merit products mentioned above, refer to Instructions for Use for indications, contraindications, warnings, precautions, and directions for use.

“A Real Winning Combination”: Prelude IDeal™ and PreludeSYNC DISTAL™ Provide Complete Solution for Distal Radial Access

Distal Radial AccessDistal radial access has emerged as an accessible, optimal solution for physicians seeking to provide the greatest experience for their patients. While femoral and traditional radial access have previously been standard, distal radial offers additional advantages to both patient and operator. To support distal radial artery access, Merit offers a suite of products designed to minimize risk, maximize patient comfort, and provide ease of use for care teams to incorporate.

Ethan C. Korngold, MD, FSCAI - Distal Radial AccessWe spoke with Ethan C. Korngold, MD, FSCAI, interventional cardiologist at Providence St. Vincent Hospital in Portland, OR, to hear his experience choosing two Merit products in particular for his distal radial artery access procedures: the Prelude IDeal Hydrophilic Sheath Introducer and the PreludeSYNC DISTAL, a radial compression device specially created for the distal radial access site.

Why Distal Radial?

Literature shows that radial access provides multiple benefits, including less bleeding complications, decreased procedure cost, and enhanced sheath performance.1

According to Dr. Korngold, patients undergoing distal radial access interventions may experience additional advantages over radial access, including increased mobility post-procedure. “It is much less invasive than traditional radial access—my patients are able to resume normal activities much more quickly,” Dr. Korngold says. “Distal radial access may also lead to less occlusion of the radial artery. I think the important thing is that it preserves the radial artery should future interventions be necessary.”

Mitigating Risk

Prelude IDeal Sheath Introducer - Merit MedicalKinking and compressing are recognized challenges for operators when navigating catheters during radial access procedures.

“It’s very important when performing distal access to have a sheath that’s kink resistant. I really do prefer the kink resistance of the braided Prelude IDeal sheath. I also find it has impressive push forces; it’s a stronger, stiffer sheath that performs better than others I’ve used,” Dr. Korngold explains.

Merit designed the Prelude IDeal specifically to reduce the impact of these risks to patients. Composite braiding technology gives the Prelude IDeal sheath a 13% thinner wall than the leading competitor.2 With proprietary engineering, the sheath is thinner and stronger while achieving 124% increased compression resistance and 23% more kink resistance than the leading competitor.2

Prelude IDeal Compression & Kink Resistance Features

Dr. Korngold shares his firsthand experience with similar products. “I’ve used other non-braided sheaths, both slender and non-slender varieties. I found that even the non-slender varieties are just too prone to kinking. The kink resistance of the Prelude IDeal is excellent; it’s an essential feature for distal radial access.”

Maximizing Patient Comfort

PreludeSYNC DISTAL - Secure, Comfortable and EffectiveDr. Korngold has found that he’s received significantly fewer patient complaints of swelling, discomfort, or hematomas since opting for the PreludeSYNC DISTAL.

Constructed with soft material, the PreludeSYNC DISTAL provides comfortable wear. Its three-strap band configuration allows for an adjustable fit with optional extension if needed especially for larger hands. The PreludeSYNC DISTAL also delivers clear, unobstructed site visibility for focused compression. A built-in Slip-n-Lock™ Cap provides a specialized connection, securing syringes during inflation and deflation, supporting patient safety.

“The PreludeSYNC DISTAL band is really just perfectly designed. Everyone who does distal radial access has experimented with different ways of doing it. No solution is as efficient, convenient, or as comfortable for patients,” Dr. Korngold says.

Ease of Use

Medical devices must be effective, but equally important is ease of use. Dr. Korngold reports that incorporating the Prelude IDeal and PreludeSYNC DISTAL into his practice was seamless.

“It’s very easy to train the care team on how to use them properly,” he says, referring to his experience introducing both products to his staff. “Our nurses on the floor found it very intuitive and easy to manage. Both products fit perfectly into our existing workflows, so I’d say it’s a real winning combination.”

A Complete Solution

Merit is committed to developing tools that improve patient’s lives in partnership with the physicians who provide their care. The Prelude IDeal Hydrophilic Sheath Introducer and PreludeSYNC DISTAL are prime examples of this dedication and have become the go-to tools for distal radial access procedures around the globe.

Discover the Prelude IDeal Hydrophilic Sheath Introducer and the PreludeSYNC DISTAL, and live chat with our Customer Support team to see how you can incorporate them into your practice.


REFERENCES

  1. Rathore S et al. 2010. “Impact of Length and Hydrophilic Coating of the Introducer Sheath on Radial Artery Spasm During Transradial Coronary Intervention.” JACC 3, no. 5 (May): 475 ̶ 483. PMID: 20488402.
  2. 6F Data on File.

Merit Medical Recognizes National Kidney Month

Merit Recognizes National Kidney MonthMarch is National Kidney Month, and Merit Medical is committed to empowering the health and wellness of people living with chronic kidney disease and their caregivers. At Merit, our goal is to support the renal health community through a vast array of state-of-the-art therapeutic products, physician education courses, and patient education tools that equip clinicians to make a difference for people living with chronic kidney disease.

According to the National Institutes of Health, approximately 37 million Americans live with chronic kidney disease.1 Although incidences of chronic kidney disease have risen consistently, 9 out of 10 people are not aware of their diagnosis because early-stage kidney disease generally has no symptoms.1

The U.S. Renal Data System 2020 Annual Report cited that approximately 786,000 Americans live with end-stage renal or kidney disease, with 71% (558,000) of those receiving dialysis and 29% (228,000) receiving a kidney transplant.2 People living with end-stage kidney disease require dialysis therapy to regulate body functions, including controlling blood pressure, because their kidneys no longer can.3 Without access to adequate, regular, and affordable dialysis care, people living with end-stage kidney disease will not survive.3

As the number of people impacted by kidney disease continues to increase, Merit’s significant commitment to the renal health community is crucial. Merit is uniquely positioned with hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis (PD) options for treatments and ancillary products that make a difference for dialysis patients who depend on high-quality care.


Merit Products

HeRO Graft - Hemodialysis Reliable Outflow

Super HeRO®

The Super HeRO Adapter and Support Seal system equips surgeons with standard wall and early cannulation vascular graft options. In addition to reducing hospital admissions due to catheter infections, the Super HeRO helps hospitals and dialysis centers save $3,100 per patient per year when converting catheter-dependent patients to the HeRO graft.

HeRO Graft - Hemodialysis Reliable Outflow

HeRO Graft®

For catheter-dependent patients, or those whose kidney function fails to improve with fistulas or grafts, Merit has engineered a solution: the HeRO Graft, a hemodialysis access graft designed precisely for these patients. Research indicated a 69% reduction in future infections with the HeRO Graft compared to patients receiving catheters.

Surfacer Now Available In the United States - Merit Medical

Surfacer® Inside-Out® Access Catheter System

The Inside-Out approach was developed by John Gurley, M.D., in response to patients with chronically occluded veins. The Surfacer Inside-Out Access Catheter System is inserted through the femoral vein and navigated to an exit point in the right internal jugular vein, preserving the viability of secondary central veins.

Home Dialysis Continues to Be a Nationwide Interest

Peritoneal Dialysis Catheters

To improve flow rates by 30%, Merit designed Flex-Neck Peritoneal Dialysis Catheters with an internal diameter (ID) that is 35% larger than competitors. Infant catheters come in one and two cuff configurations, and each catheter kit has a unique stenciling system for improved placement accuracy.

Centros® & CentrosFLO® Hemodialysis Catheters

CentrosFlo® Hemodialysis Catheters

Featuring self-centering curved tips to promote optimal blood flow and minimize recirculation rates, The Centros (without side holes) and the CentrosFLO™ (with side holes) long-term hemodialysis catheters reach the pinnacle of overall catheter performance. Designed by Dr. Stephen Ash, Merit’s 15F catheters feature a large internal lumen, promoting a flow rate up to 450 mL/minutes.

ProGuide™ Chronic Dialysis Catheters

ProGuide™ Chronic Dialysis Catheters

Designed for patient comfort, ease of insertion, and maintenance, ProGuide Chronic Dialysis Catheters are inserted through a valved peel-away sheath or over-the-wire placements and available in catheter lengths from 19 cm to 50 cm (tip to cuff). Available configurations include standalone catheter, basic kit, complete kit, and complete kit with mini access kit.


Physicians and surgeons look to Merit to provide insightful resources and cutting-edge therapeutic products designed to make a difference for people living with chronic kidney disease. Merit designs and innovates leading products specifically for patients receiving dialysis. For more information on how you can incorporate our biopsy products into your practice, please contact Merit Customer Support.


REFERENCES

  1. National Institutes of Health. National Kidney Month 2022. Retrieved from https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/community-health-outreach/national-kidney-month
  2. American Society of Nephrology. (April 2021). Dialysis Care Around The World: A Global Perspective. Retrieved from https://kidney360.asnjournals.org/content/2/4/604
  3. National Kidney Foundation. Dialysis Info. Retrieved from https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/dialysisinfo

What’s Your Clinical Challenge? We Have a Solution.

As a leader in customer-focused healthcare, Merit Medical’s priority is to ensure that you have the tools you need to care for your patients. Ranging from product kits to education opportunities, our Complete Solutions simplify preparation and streamline procedures to support quality patient care with a trusted, innovative range of medical devices.


BIOPSY

Biopsy Solution

We offer a wide range of reliable biopsy devices for precise samples every time. Our proven soft tissue biopsy brands, such as Achieve®, Temno®, Tru-Cut®, and CorVocet®, offer a complete selection with advanced features to obtain top-quality tissue samples with ease and efficiency.

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CARDIAC CATHETERIZATION

Our cardiac catheterization solutions provide you with a variety of tools to help you accurately diagnose and successfully treat patients with heart problems. From sheath introducers, like our Prelude IDeal™, and guide wires to catheters, inflation devices, and more, we offer a number of superior devices for your procedures.

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CRITICAL CARE

Critical Care Solutions

When treating vulnerable patients, every product you use matters. We offer a broad spectrum of tools designed for patients being treated in the critical care unit. Merit critical care technologies aim to reduce contaminant exposure, accurately monitor patient blood pressure, and decrease workplace injury, helping you provide treatment that is safe, effective, and efficient.

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DIALYSIS ACCESS

Dialysis Access Solution

Kidney disease is a global issue, and access is the foundation for any successful dialysis procedure. Our comprehensive dialysis access portfolio, including our catheter-dependence reducing HeRO® Graft, brings reliable and innovative solutions to your practice.

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PERITONEAL DIALYSIS

Our home dialysis options offer several patient advantages over in-center dialysis, including better kidney disease-related quality of life. We offer virtual and hands-on physician training, a wide range of catheter sizes, accessories, kits, and patient resources.

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RADIAL

Radial access has many well-documented benefits that include improved patient safety, a significant reduction in cost of care, and increased patient and staff satisfaction. We support radial access with a diverse portfolio of innovative products and a world-renowned hands-on physician education program, helping you offer the advantages of radial to your patients.

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DISTAL RADIAL ACCESS

Distal radial artery access offers both patient and operator advantages. To help bring these benefits to your practice, we provide advanced training on the distal technique as well as innovative products to support your procedures, such as the first-to-market PreludeSYNC DISTAL™ Radial Compression Device.

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DRAINAGE

Over the past two decades, we have continually expanded our drainage portfolio to include a diverse range of solutions that work together to help you achieve optimal drainage care. We offer multiple drainage catheters designed to lessen trauma and promote a more accurate placement.

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ELECTROPHYSIOLOGY & CRM

Successful diagnosis and treatment of electrical cardiac activity is crucial—this is why we offer a range of physician education courses and specialized tools to assist in making accurate diagnoses and create effective treatment plans. Features include extra-stiff transseptal needles, ergonomic handles for exceptional control, and advanced introducer systems.

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EMBOLOTHERAPY

Our proprietary embolic products are the most studied on the market and allow for efficient and safe delivery and predictable outcomes. To complement our offerings, we provide excellent ongoing customer service to ensure you have the tools you need for your procedures.

PROSTATIC ARTERY EMBOLIZATION
To help support your prostatic artery embolization (PAE) practice, we offer virtual and hands-on training, trusted products, clinical resources, patient materials, and more.


UTERINE FIBROID EMBOLIZATION
Our uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) solutions offer trusted products that deliver predictable clinical results as well as long-term symptom control.


We also offer extensive patient resources at our Ask4PAE and Ask4UFE sites.

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GASTROENTEROLOGY STRICTURE MANAGEMENT

GI Stricture Management

Merit Endoscopy’s fully covered, laser-cut esophageal stent technology provides for accurate placement and minimized migration. In addition to our state-of-the-art stent technology, we deliver best-in-class dilation products, including our BIG60® Inflation Device and our Elation dilation balloons as well as enhanced physician training.

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PULMONARY STRICTURE MANAGEMENT

For patients with tracheobronchial strictures, stent technology can provide rapid palliation and improve quality of life. We offer fully covered, laser-cut tracheobronchial stents and advanced over-the-wire and direct visualization delivery systems. Download case studies and participate in virtual and hands-on training—all designed to help you advance patient care.

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KITS & PACKS

Designed to bring convenience and efficiency to your office, our kits and packs solutions can help simplify prep and procedure, support quality patient care, and reduce inventory levels. Our team analyzed hundreds of kits and created a set of standard configurations that meet the needs of the majority of cath labs, interventional radiology, and vascular surgery departments. We also offer customizable kits to fit your unique procedural needs.

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SPINE

Through a diverse portfolio of sophisticated steerable technologies, we deliver complete procedural solutions designed to treat pathologies of the vertebrae, reduce pain, and improve patient quality of life. Our comprehensive education programs and unique products allow physicians to address patient-specific needs and physician preference in the treatment of vertebral pathologies.

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VENOUS

Venous Solutions from Merit Medical

Our minimally invasive venous solutions are designed to treat symptoms, minimize post-operative pain, and provide faster recovery. Explore products, accessories, and kits, packs, and trays—each complementing the next to provide you with better patient outcomes.

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Merit’s dedication to comprehensive customer care starts with providing the tools you need to treat your patients. Ready to get started? Available via email, phone, and live chat, our Customer Support team is here to help find a solution for you. Browse our virtual in-service and product support videos, all designed to help you obtain additional product knowledge and insights. We look forward to working with you.

American Heart Month

Merit Medical - American Heart Month 2020 - Merit is a Heart Company

Merit Medical is a company with heart. We’re a team with a common goal of improving the lives of people worldwide. That’s why we’re proud to celebrate February as Heart Month—because we believe that heart health and heart disease prevention are topics that affect everyone.

Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are the leading cause of death globally.1 According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 17.9 million people died from CVDs in 2019, representing 32% of all global deaths.1 Of these deaths, 85% were due to heart attack and stroke.1

Merit has a long history of supporting heart health through a number of product innovations. In 1987 we started with a single groundbreaking product—a stronger and safer coronary control syringe. More than thirty years later, our cardiac portfolio has expanded, providing interventional cardiologists and electrophysiologists with more options to treat patients.

When it comes to our Merit team, we take heart health seriously. Some of the ways we prioritize heart health every day include employee health screenings, healthy meal options in our facility cafés, convenient opportunities to engage in physical activity, and a smoking cessation program.

Merit’s Chief Wellness Officer Dr. Nicole Priest offers regular wellness talks, broadcasting to employees worldwide, including a special heart talk, and provides regular newsletters to keep our team up to date on the latest health recommendations and tips for disease prevention.

Merit is proud to recognize Heart Month. Check back throughout February to see all the ways we’re raising awareness about heart health and working together to prevent heart disease.


To help our employees take better care of their hearts, we provided self-care and stress-reducing tips as well as healthy recipes to try at home.

10 Under 10: Easy Winter Meals – 10 Recipes for under $10 with 10 ingredients (or less!)

Love Your Heart: Self-Care Tips for Heart Health – Taking time to care for your heart can be challenging, but it’s easier than you think.


This month, across the nation, our Merit family wore red to honor #HeartMonth—because losing even one life to heart disease is too many. #MeritStrong

Wearing Red to Honor Heart Month - Merit Medical

Rocking Red in Support of Heart Month - Merit Medical

Rocking the red in support of #HeartMonth! Looking great, Team Merit! ❤️ #CompanyCulture #MeritStrong


Merit Medical is a company with heart. We’re a team with a common goal of improving the lives of people worldwide, which is why we dressed for the occasion, together shining a bright light on #HeartMonth. #MeritStrong

A Company with Heart - Merit Medical

Raising Awareness Today Equals a Better Tomorrow - Merit Medical

We’re spreading the love all throughout #HeartMonth by wearing red and showing off our solidarity as a team. By raising awareness of heart disease today, we’re all working together for a healthier tomorrow. #MeritStrong


No matter where we are or what we do at Merit, our team is honoring #HeartMonth together. #MeritStrong #CompanyCulture

Honoring Heart Month Together - Merit Medical

Merit Strong - Happy Heart Month from Richmond

Happy #HeartMonth from our team in Richmond, VA! #MeritStrong


Merit Richmond facility employees are getting their hearts pumping with a morning #HeartMonth workout! Thank you, Rosalind Johnson, Merit HR Manager, for putting this workout together and prepping healthy snacks for the Merit team!


Today is #WearRedDay, a time we all come together to spread awareness about #heartdisease. Thank you to our Merit São Paulo team for recognizing this important cause! #HeartMonth

WearRed for Heart Month - Sao Paulo Brazil

REFERENCES

  1. World Health Organization. June 11, 2021. “Cardiovascular Diseases (CVDs).” https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/cardiovascular-diseases-(cvds)

ReSolve ConvertX® and Treatment of Biliary Obstructions in Pancreatic Cancer: A Physician’s Experience

Simplifying Patient Treatment with ReSolve ConvertXPancreatic cancer is the 12th most common cancer worldwide. In the US alone, approximately 60,430 people will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this year. Biliary obstructions are a common condition associated with pancreatic cancer. Patients with biliary obstructions often experience discomfort, such as abdominal pain, weight loss, nausea and vomiting, jaundice, and fever. Left untreated, biliary obstructions can lead to serious complications, including infection.

To help treat this patient population, Merit Medical offers the ReSolve ConvertX Biliary Stent System, a unique technology designed for temporary internal drainage in individuals with severe biliary obstructions.

The below case study and physician discussion presents successful treatment of a biliary obstruction with the ReSolve ConvertX in a patient with terminal pancreatic cancer.

CASE STUDY

Patient Profile: Elderly patient with terminal pancreatic cancer. Malignant tumor growth led to obstructions in the right and left hepatic ducts. Traditional bilateral biliary drains were placed to relieve symptoms of jaundice, infections, and abdominal pain.

Complications: Patient experienced frequent accidental pulling on the external portion of the drainage systems and returned to the interventional radiology department for multiple reinterventions. Lesions developed due to bile leakage through the existing track and irritating the skin. Patient also expressed that the two external bags were burdensome.

Procedure: Both biliary drains were removed over an Amplatz-style wire and were replaced with the ReSolve ConvertX Biliary Stent System. After both ReSolve ConvertX drains were in place, they were each converted, leaving only the stent portions in place.

Outcomes/Results: After placement, patient was happy with the treatment and able to experience relief and an improvement in quality of life.

Sample flouro of ReSolve ConvertX Biliary Stent Placement
Sample flouro of ReSolve ConvertX Biliary Stent Placement

Listen in as Mark H. LeQuire, MD, FACR, Diagnostic, Vascular & Interventional Radiologist at Montgomery Radiology Associates, discusses this case further in an in-depth interview.

ReSolve ConvertX Tip

  • When placing bilaterally, ensure both systems are in place before stent conversion. If the first drain is converted to a stent before the second one is in place, it increases the risk of dislodging the first stent while placing the second.

Learn more about the advantages the ReSolve ConvertX can offer your patients and practice by visiting the product page or contacting the Merit Customer Support Center.

Notable Awards and Recognitions in 2021

2021 Gold Stevie Award Winner - Women in BusinessAt Merit Medical, we believe success happens when we continuously challenge ourselves to grow and improve. As this year comes to a close, we are proud to announce that during 2021, we were recognized for our growth and achievements by several notable organizations.

Each award received is a testament to our mission of improving the lives of people, families, and communities throughout the world. Whether it was through the actions we took to reduce our environmental footprint or protocols put in place to keep our employees safe during the pandemic—2021 was a year of perseverance and determination to make a difference.

Utah Business 2021 Green Business Award

Merit’s global headquarters in Salt Lake City, UT, received the 2021 Green Business Award, which recognizes organizations and individuals making positive strides to promote sustainability within the Utah community. Merit specifically won in the Corporate Initiative category for the actionable steps taken to reduce the company’s environmental footprint, now and in the future:

2021 Utah Green Business Award WinnerDesigning an Environmental Management System

As a global manufacturer of medical devices, Merit plays a significant role in contributing to a sustainable future. Sound environmental practices are beneficial to our employees, our customers, and the patients whose lives benefit from our products. Our Environmental Management System is designed to measure, monitor, and facilitate continuous improvement to ensure we meet our sustainability goals. This includes:

  • Diverting waste from landfills by recycling materials, such as metal, plastic, wood, and cardboard
  • Eliminating additional shipping materials through our Merit Smart Shipping™ program
  • Supporting an on-site garden to reduce the amount of produce shipped to our facility
  • Striving for a zero-food-waste policy

Looking Forward

As a leader in the healthcare industry, we have implemented specific goals centered around combating climate change and reducing our usage of water resources. Learn more about our commitment to a sustainable future here.

By building on our past successes and taking the initiative to improve year over year, we aim to positively impact both communities in Utah and around the globe.


The Stevie® Awards for Frontline Medical Hero of the Year

This year Dr. Nicole Priest, Chief Wellness Officer at Merit, won gold in the Stevie Awards for Frontline Medical Hero of the Year for her efforts in mitigating the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic at our Merit facilities worldwide.

When the COVID-19 pandemic began, Dr. Priest was instrumental in innovating safe ways to enable employees to continue working. In addition to enforcing social distancing and mask guidelines before state and federal mandates were established, Dr. Priest ensured that educating employees on safe pandemic practices was a top priority. Through bi-monthly Wellness Newsletters, she provided case updates, healthy lifestyle guidance, and information as the pandemic unfolded.

She also partnered with the Salt Lake Health Department to bring vaccine education sessions directly to our campus, and in May of 2021, the Merit Care clinic began offering the COVID-19 vaccine to all employees and their dependents, creating an accessible avenue to help stop the spread of the virus. Thanks to Dr. Priest’s efforts, Merit was able to continue operations safely and efficiently throughout 2020.


Utah Business 2021 Healthcare Heroes

2021 - Utah Business - Healthcare HeroesFred Lampropoulos, Merit Founder and CEO, was recognized as a 2021 Healthcare Hero for his leadership in guiding Merit through the COVID-19 pandemic.

From the onset of the pandemic, Mr. Lampropoulos was quick to adapt Merit’s strategy to ensure employees were able to safely continue producing the life-saving medical devices the company is known for. By working closely with Dr. Nicole Priest, Chief Wellness Officer at Merit, Mr. Lampropoulos ordered and implemented COVID-19 safety measures, including mask mandates, social distancing, and temperature screening for employees on campus, and instructed many departments to move to a work-from-home solution where possible.

In order to further support employees during this uncertain time, Mr. Lampropoulos developed new travel policies, approved a pandemic sick leave policy, and began providing free meals to Merit employees working on campus through the on-site cafeteria. Thanks to his commitment to his employees, their families, and the communities we serve, Merit was able to continue designing, manufacturing, and shipping essential medical devices while maintaining employee morale during the pandemic.


These great achievements are the result of our dedicated teams working every day to make a difference. Thank you, Team Merit! We look forward to seeing what we accomplish in 2022!

2021 Merit Garden Accomplishments

Merit Garden Accomplishments in 2021In 2016, Merit Medical CEO Fred Lampropoulos established the Merit Salt Lake Employee Garden with the mission of boosting employee health and morale by providing fresh, nutritious produce. Since its founding five years ago, our garden team has accomplished exactly that. Through employee engagement programs, sustainability efforts, and charitable work, the Merit Employee Garden is thriving.

With another garden season successfully completed, it’s time to reflect on how we’ve grown in 2021 — and helped our team, our community, and our environment flourish in the process.

Employee Participation

2021 saw record numbers for many of our garden programs.

50 DIVISIONS

With 190 employees representing 50 different Merit departments, our garden box program was a huge success. Employees enjoyed a record year of produce to take home to their families.

562 VISITS

Our U-Pick program, where employees can select their own basket of fresh produce in exchange for 10 minutes of volunteer gardening, drew 260 employees from 73 Merit departments, totaling 562 visits in all.

5,400 POUNDS

Merit team members who participated in U-Pick enjoyed 5,400 pounds of delicious and healthy fresh fruits, veggies, and herbs. That’s 2,400 pounds more than 2020!


Garden Fresh Goods

Our gardeners certainly have green thumbs, and our employees enjoyed the rewards.

  • 13,000 plants thrived in the Merit greenhouse — 4,500 of which were purchased by Merit employees.
  • 210 cut flower arrangements were purchased by employees to brighten up a room or bring joy to a loved one.
  • 2,500 pounds of produce was prepared into delicious meals in our Merit Salt Lake employee cafeteria.
  • 2,000 plants were grown to be used by our Salt Lake landscaping team.

Giving Back

Philanthropy and charity are part of what makes Merit great. The Employee Garden is just one avenue for giving back to our community.

Garden sales generated $15,000 for the Candy Cane Program, helping employees in need have a brighter holiday season.

Fruits & Vegetables - Healthy Living640 pounds of produce was donated to low-income senior centers.

Fresh Produce Donations400 surplus vegetable starter plants were donated to a local Title I school, where they were planted in their community garden and distributed to families to plant at home.

2,500 pounds of surplus produce was given away to Merit employees at the community garden table.


Going Green

Merit’s commitment to sustainability includes our garden efforts, too.

  • 6 tons of green waste was taken to the Trans-Jordan landfill to make compost.
  • All inedible produce was donated to feed farm animals at Roots Charter School, a nonprofit alternative high school in Salt Lake City.

See Our Year in Photos

For a closer look at what our garden is up to, watch this video of pictures taken throughout the year.

None of these achievements would be possible without our dedicated Employee Garden team. Thank you! We can’t wait to see what will grow in 2022.

For more information on how Merit works to improve the lives of employees, take a look at our Employee Wellness, Health, and Safety page.

Building a Culture of Inclusivity: Merit Welcomes the Women’s Leadership Initiative

Women's Leadership Initiative at Merit MedicalSince Merit Medical’s founding in 1987, our team has been proud of our inclusive workforce. It’s part of our culture. We believe mutual respect, equality, and having appreciation for each other’s differences make our company stronger.

To maintain this commitment to promoting inclusivity, Merit is proud to introduce the Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI). As the first-ever affinity group at Merit, the WLI brings multiple benefits to members and strengthens Merit’s overall company culture.

The Women’s Leadership Initiative

Tracy Wood - Chair of Women's Leadership Initiative 2021

Tracy Wood

VP of Strategic Accounts
Chairperson of WLI

The Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) offers professional growth, networking, opportunities for personal and professional enrichment, such as mentoring, professional and leadership development, career evolution, and community-involvement activities.

“It’s about promoting a culture of inclusion,” says Tracy Wood, Vice President of Strategic Accounts at Merit and chair of the WLI. “Our goal is to cultivate growth by sharing perspectives, allowing colleagues to network, and facilitating additional professional development opportunities to help further people’s careers with Merit.”

As an affinity group—an employer-recognized collection of individuals who share similar interests and goals, such as encouraging inclusivity and diversity—the WLI hopes to enhance the Merit experience for all employees.

Affinity Group Advantages: Diversity is Essential to a Company’s Growth

Alisha Jerauld - Vice President of Environment, Social, and Governance

Alisha Jerauld

Vice President of Environment, Social, and Governance

Affinity groups create spaces for networking, resources for mentorship, and training for professional development. Diverse workplaces enjoy improved financial success and growth, and data supports it. Studies suggest when efforts are made to curate a diverse workforce where all employees feel valued, regardless of gender, race, or other factors, it invites better innovation and boosts creativity—which leads to greater financial returns.

“Companies who have greater gender diversity on all levels of management outperform companies who don’t by as high as 25%,” says Alisha Jerauld, Vice President of Environment, Social, and Governance at Merit, referencing this 2020 study that followed the financial performance of companies who made efforts to be more inclusive. “When you have that type of diversity involved with strategizing, you have access to new ideas and perspectives, allowing the company to reach new markets and innovate new products.”

Building Bridges in STEM

Lucia Irazabal, Senior Engineer II & Vice Chair Women's Leadership Initiative

Lucia Irazabal

Senior Engineer II
Vice Chair of WLI

As a leading medical device company, Merit offers a catalog of life-changing products that relies on the talented and creative engineers who design and build them. Lucia Irazabal, Senior Engineer II at Merit, became involved with the WLI in part to build a network of support for women in engineering and leadership positions to encourage employee retention.

“Both through my education and in the workplace, I have experienced being one of the few women on a team,” says Ms. Irazabal, vice chair of the WLI. “Merit is taking a great step developing the WLI. It’s important to have a space to share your perspective, find support, and relate to others who can offer both personal and professional guidance.”

Recently, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that even though women make up nearly half of the U.S. Workforce, only about 27% of STEM workers are women. As a result, women in STEM careers often discover it is more difficult to find a supportive network of those who share their experiences.

“Even the process of organizing the WLI has increased awareness of women in the workplace. I have had the opportunity to work with women from all areas of the company,” Ms. Irazabal says. As a testament to this observation, WLI meetings have been met with substantial interest with hundreds of employees, both men and women, voluntarily giving their time and attention to these important discussions.

Men Welcome, Too: Everyone Can Join the WLI

 

One of the chief goals of the WLI is to promote inclusion and share perspectives, and as a result, all employees are encouraged to join. Including everyone, regardless of gender, helps programs like the WLI thrive.

“Involving men helps them understand some of the challenges women and diverse employees face in the workplace,” Ms. Wood says. “Many of the men who joined told me they have women on their teams, and they want to be better prepared to help everyone succeed.”

While some of the barriers holding women back are big, others may go unnoticed until called into question. “When men are more aware of these issues, they often become allies who help to create positive change,” Ms. Jerauld says. “It helps by building a strong network of support.”

Looking Forward

The WLI is making positive strides at Merit, and Ms. Wood states there is more to come. “We plan to have one event each month over the next year that will focus on educating employees about a range of topics, from networking to career advancement,” she says.

The WLI believes by including and uplifting voices and perspectives, Merit will be better equipped to meet the goals outlined in the company mission:

UNDERSTAND. INNOVATE. DELIVER.

Let’s Talk Lung Cancer: An In-Depth Interview with Dr. Reddy

Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide.1 In the United States, more people die from lung cancer than any other type of cancer.2 November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, and to help us gain a better understanding of the condition, the screening process, and treatment options, we sat down with Chakravarthy Reddy, MD, pulmonologist at the University of Utah Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City, UT.

What Is Lung Cancer?

Lung cancer occurs when cells in the lungs change or mutate, resulting in abnormal cell growth. These cells multiply uncontrollably, forming a tumor and spreading to other parts of the body.

“Stage one or stage two, where patients are potentially curable, have almost no symptoms at all; it’s always incidentally found,” Dr. Reddy explains. “A patient has a scan for some other reason, and the cancer is detected in the lungs.”

When lung cancer symptoms do manifest, they can include a cough that worsens or does not resolve, chest pain, shortness of breath, coughing up blood, wheezing, weakness or fatigue, and weight loss.4 “Unfortunately, by the time a patient presents with symptoms, they’re in advanced stages, and their survival is not as good,” says Dr. Reddy.


What Are Risk Factors for Lung Cancer?

Smoking is by far the leading cause of lung cancer, putting people who smoke at a significantly higher risk of developing lung cancer compared to non-smokers.5

In addition to smoking, breathing secondhand smoke is also dangerous, increasing the risk of lung cancer.6 “We always talk about smokers, but there is a correlation between people who live with smokers and their risk for developing lung cancer,” Dr. Reddy adds. “Secondhand exposure does increase the risk of developing cancer.”

The American Cancer Society lists other risk factors for lung cancer, which include:5

Risks and Warnings

Radon
A naturally occurring radioactive gas, radon is the breakdown of uranium in soil and rocks. Potential risk areas are homes with basements.

Asbestos
Asbestos is a mineral fiber that occurs in rock and soil.7 People who work with asbestos (e.g., in mines, mills, textile plants, shipyards, and where insulation is used) are several times more likely to die of lung cancer.

Carcinogens
Exposure to cancer-causing agents, such as uranium, arsenic, beryllium, cadmium, nickel compounds, coal products, and diesel exhaust can increase lung cancer risk.

Personal or Family History
If an individual has lung cancer, there is a higher risk of developing another lung cancer. Brothers, sisters, and children of people who have had lung cancer may have a higher risk.

Previous Radiation Therapy to the Lungs
People who have had radiation therapy to the chest for other cancers are at a higher risk of lung cancer, particularly if they smoke.

Air Pollution
In cities, air pollution can increase the risk of lung cancer, with some research suggesting approximately 5% of all deaths from lung cancer may be due to outdoor air pollution.


Who Should Be Screened for Lung Cancer?

The recommended screening test for lung cancer is a low-dose CT scan.8 According to the United States Preventive Services Task Force, those eligible for screening must meet the three-pronged criteria:9

Age ǀ Adults aged 50-80 years
Smoking History ǀ Individuals with a 20 pack-year smoking history
Tobacco Exposure ǀ Current smokers or those who have quit within the past 15 years

Age is a straightforward benchmark, but calculating a pack-year may seem foreign to most. “Multiply the number of packs of cigarettes you smoke per day by the number of years you’ve smoked. This gives you the value, which we call pack-years,” Dr. Reddy explains. An example would be if a person has smoked a pack of cigarettes for 20 years or two packs for 10 years, each of these instances would calculate a 20 pack-year history.

The third criterion addresses tobacco exposure—but what is the significance of a 15-year time span? “It takes about 15 years for the risk [of lung cancer] to normalize,” Dr. Reddy says. “If it’s been less than 15 years since the patient quit, then the third criterion for lung cancer screening is met.”

This also means if a patient does not meet the criteria, screening will not happen. Dr. Reddy encourages people who are under 50 who have a 20 pack-year history to speak with a physician about any concerns, personal risk factors, and the benefits of being screened.


What Lung Cancer Treatment Options Are Available?

When lung cancer is caught early, there are more curative options. Unfortunately, as Dr. Reddy mentioned, lung cancer is normally caught in late stages. A surgery called a lobectomy, which removes one of the lobes in the lung, is only an option for stage 1 or 2 cancer. “Patients who come in with lung cancer don’t have healthy lungs to begin with,” Dr. Reddy says. “It’s more likely they also have emphysema from smoking, and they probably won’t tolerate removal of even a lobe.”

If a patient’s lung function is borderline, Dr. Reddy suggests another surgical option called a wedge resection, where the lobe is spared, and only the cancer is removed. “It’s not preferred, but if that’s the only option, it’s better than not doing anything,” Dr. Reddy says. “If their lung function is any worse than that, then we clearly cannot do any surgery at all. We have to think of second-line approaches, such as radiation therapy.”

According to Dr. Reddy, lung cancer that spreads first to the lymph nodes in the chest is still potentially curable. However, once it leaves the chest and invades the chest cavity and other parts of the body, such as the adrenal glands, the brain, or bones, it is potentially no longer curable. When this occurs, palliative care is the only option, relieving symptoms and mitigating suffering while optimizing patient quality of life.

Elation Pulmonary Balloon Dilater - Pulmonology Products - Merit Endoscopy

To relieve common lung cancer symptoms, such as shortness of breath or a persistent cough, there are options. “One of the things we do is use balloons to dilate [the airway passages],” Dr. Reddy explains. “Merit makes Elation® balloons, which we find extremely useful, especially because they are available in short, two-centimeter balloon configurations.”

AERO Tracheobronchial Stent - Pulmonology Products - Merit Med Endoscopy

A second approach is to stent the tumor in the lung to maintain the patency of the airway. An option for this line of treatment would be Merit’s AERO® Tracheobronchial Stents. “Patients notice an improvement immediately, almost right after they wake up from the procedure,” Dr. Reddy says. “The radial force of the AERO stent actually keeps the airway open, and that improves shortness of breath.”


Lung Cancer Awareness Resources

As lung cancer awareness is heightened this month, it is critical to share facts about the importance of screening with loved ones and encourage those who smoke to quit.

Knowledge is power, and having health resources to help understand lung cancer better is important. In addition to information about the disease, the below organizations provide a wide range of topics, including survivor stories and ways to get involved throughout the month, helping patients and families in their battle against lung cancer:

Lung Cancer Foundation of America
American Lung Association
GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer

Support for Merit Employees

If you smoke and need help quitting, sign up for our Employee Smoking Cessation program. Contact Dr. Priest for more information.

Merit Medical is dedicated to improving the lives of people, families, and communities worldwide. Learn more about the trusted interventional and palliative treatment options we offer to help physicians care for lung cancer patients.


References:

  1. World Health Organization. 2021. “Cancer Key Facts.” https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/cancer
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2021. “Lung Cancer Statistics.” https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/lung/statistics/
  3. American Lung Association. 2021. “Lung Cancer Basics.” https://www.lung.org/lung-health-diseases/lung-disease-lookup/lung-cancer/basics
  4. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2021. “What Are the Symptoms of Lung Cancer?” https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/lung/basic_info/symptoms.htm
  5. American Cancer Society. 2019. “Lung Cancer Risk Factors.” https://www.cancer.org/cancer/lung-cancer/causes-risks-prevention/risk-factors.html
  6. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2021. “Health Effects of Secondhand Smoke.” https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/secondhand_smoke/health_effects/index.htm
  7. United States Environmental Protection Agency. n.d. “Learn About Asbestos.” https://www.epa.gov/asbestos/learn-about-asbestos
  8. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2021. “Who Should Be Screened for Lung Cancer?” https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/lung/basic_info/screening.htm
  9. United States Preventive Task Force. 2021. “Lung Cancer: Screening.” https://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/recommendation/lung-cancer-screening
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