MAK-NV™ introducer system with Chiba needles

As the product manager for Merit Medical’s MAK-NV™ introducer system, I am excited to announce the addition of echo-enhanced Chiba needles to this line of products.

The echo-enhanced needle design and radiopaque marker tip on the introducer provide enhanced visibility for quick and efficient access. For a smooth insertion, the dilator and introducer tip design decreases buckling and introducer peelback during insertion.

Richard Collard
Sr. Product Manager

Radial Approach–It’s Time for Options

Transradial access for percutaneous coronary interventions is a growing trend that is helping to shape Merit’s radial approach product line. “Transradial PCI has grown from 1.3% of PCI in the US in 2007 to 4.5% in 2009 and may now be over 10%,” reports Dr. Jennifer Tremmel (Stanford University, CA) who believes “this rate may soon surpass the 29% seen outside the US.”

Merit is perfectly positioned to maximize the radial access opportunity by offering several new product options in a comprehensive radial approach product line, including the Finale® radial compression device and the Prelude® sheath introducer. These products complement Merit’s broad offering of ancillary products used in interventional cardiology and provide additional product selection options for clinicians who prefer the radial approach.

As percutaneous transradial access procedures become more popular among interventionalists all over the world, the need for adequate training in the technique will become increasingly important. In response to this need, Merit is also in the process of implementing radial access training programs. Due to our expanded radial product offering and the radial access training programs, Merit is already experiencing rapid sales growth.

Larry Tolman
Merit Medical Systems, Inc.

Merit Medical Supports Local Initiative to Help Those with Multiple Sclerosis

Merit employees have joined together to support “Accept the Challenge” Utah Bike MS 2011 a local event to help raise money for programs and services that help people with MS. It is gratifying to be a part of this great project and to feel like we are making a difference for this worthy cause.

Larry Tolman
Merit Medical Systems, Inc.

Innovation breeds success

It’s been exciting to see all the new products recently launched here at Merit. At the recent Q1 2011 earnings conference call, CEO Fred Lampropoulos mentioned just a few of the “latest and greatest”. For more than 20 years, the name Merit Medical Systems, Inc. has been synonymous with innovative medical devices used in cardiology and radiology. From the first coronary control syringe launched in 1989 to the ASAP™ clot aspiration catheter that was recently launched in the USA, there has been a consistent flow of new products every year since the founding of the company. As a result of this continual innovation, sales revenues have responded by growing year after year without a single decline from a prior year. I’m even more excited about the new products in our product development pipeline . . . the best is yet to come!

Larry Tolman
VP of Business Analytics

A great loss – Bill Cook

Bill Cook, the founder of Cook Medical, is recognized by many as a pioneer for some of the core products commonly used in cardiology and radiology. His passing will be a great loss to his family, the company and to the entire medical device industry. I’d like to extend my condolences to the family and friends of Bill Cook and the employees of Cook Medical. He will not be forgotten. Antoine de Saint-Exupery captured my thoughts when he said, “He who has gone, so we but cherish his memory, abides with us, more potent, nay, more present than the living man.”

Larry Tolman
VP of Business Analytics

Merit Medical wants to connect with you

At Merit Medical, we’re always looking for new and better ways to serve you, our valued customers and partners. We want to share the many reasons we’re proud of our innovative medical devices for use in cardiology, radiology and endoscopy procedures, so you can make informed purchasing decisions with confidence. We also want your feedback, so we can improve our business and products to meet your needs.

To those ends, Merit Medical is pleased to announce the debut of our blog. In coming posts, you’ll get insights into our business, including the acquisition of BioSphere Medical®. You’ll learn about our products, such as Impress® hydrophilic catheters, EN Snare®, Prelude® short sheaths, Finale™ compression devices, and Miser® contrast managment systems. We’ll also share perspective on the medical device industry, its trends and trade shows, so you can add our knowledge and experience to your own.

You’re invited to connect with us. Subscribe to our blog feed by email or in your favorite reader, so posts come to you automatically. Visit our YouTube channel to watch videos and animations about our products. Browse our Scribd library of product brochures and instructions for use. Join us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. We look forward to connecting with you.

Thank you for your business.

Tim Walker
VP of Marketing