Peel-Away Introducer Sheath Facilitates Venous Access


January 27, 2011

January 27, 2010 – An ergonomic, peel-away introducer sheath was launched this week to facilitate placement of electrophysiology device leads and catheters in the venous system.

The Vascular Solutions OptiSeal valved peelable introducer combines a sheath constructed from PTFE with a proprietary valve for optimal insertion and sealing, preserving the integrity of the lead or catheter. The locking hub prevents separation of the sheath and dilator during insertion into the vessel, and a smooth sheath-to-dilator transition provides atraumatic vessel access. The system’s handles allow for a smooth, unidirectional crack and peel, designed to reduce risk of air embolism as well as limit the clinician’s exposure to blood-borne pathogens. Each OptiSeal system contains a 13 cm peel-away, valved introducer sheath with a locking dilator, a 60 cm 0.035-inch guidewire, an 18 gauge needle, and a 12 cc syringe. OptiSeal introducers are available in seven sizes, from 6 to 12 French, color coded by French size for easy identification.

The OptiSeal valved peelable introducer is intended for use in the percutaneous insertion of pacing leads or catheters in the venous system.

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