Sensation Plus IAB Catheter Allows Clinicians to Provide Higher-Efficacy IAB Counterpulsation Therapy

New catheter is delivery system for next-generation IABP counterpulsation therapy


October 30, 2012
Maquet Sensational Plus IABP

Maquet Cardiovascular's Sensation Plus 7.5 French 40 cc intra-aortic balloon (IAB) catheter is new larger-volume, fiberoptic IAB catheter that allows clinicians to provide a higher-efficacy IAB counterpulsation therapy “at the speed of light” to smaller patients — those who are 5 feet to 5 feet 4 inches tall (152-162 cm). 

Sensation Plus IAB catheters are a technological first in improved hemodynamic support, offering all of the benefits of Maquet’s easy-to-use IAB fiberoptic technology with the increased clinical effectiveness that larger volume IABs offer. Larger volume balloons displace more blood in the aorta during diastole, resulting in improved diastolic augmentation and systolic unloading.

The Senstaion Plus IAB catheters automatically calibrate in the patient after insertion and automatically recalibrate in vivo every two hours or sooner if patient or environmental conditions change. The result is faster time to therapy, ongoing consistency and accuracy of the arterial blood pressure waveform, and improved ease-of-use.

Like Maquet’s Mega IAB catheters, the Sensation Plus IAB catheters come with two Statlock IAB stabilization devices, which allow the catheter to be secured to the patient's leg without sutures. This is more comfortable for the patient and eliminates the risk of suture needle sticks for the clinician when initiating counterpulsation support.

The catheters received FDA and CE mark approval in October 2012.

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