News | Radial Access | August 23, 2017

Merit Medical Announces Advanced Interventional Cardiology Transradial Intervention Education Course

Course will provide operators the opportunity to advance their skills through didactic lectures, hands-on-training and complex case reviews

Merit Medical Announces Advanced Interventional Cardiology Transradial Intervention Education Course

August 23, 2017 — Merit Medical Systems Inc. will partner with internationally renowned interventional cardiologist Ferdinand Kiemeneij, M.D., Ph.D., to deliver the next generation in educational opportunities for interventional cardiologists and interventional radiologists.

Kiemeneij will serve as a co-proctor at the upcoming Advanced Transradial Intervention Education Course for Interventional Cardiologists, which will be held Oct. 13-14, 2017, at the Merit Medical Education Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Sandeep Nathan, M.D., MSc, FACC, FSCAI, an associate professor of medicine, director of interventional cardiology, and co-director of the cardiac catheterization laboratory at the University of Chicago Medical Center, Chicago, is the ThinkRadial Interventional Cardiology course director and founder, and will co-proctor the Advanced IC training with Kiemeneij.

Acclaimed as the “father of transradial,” Kiemeneij, a Dutch interventional cardiologist, performed the first transradial coronary angioplasty in 1992 at the Onze Lieve Vrouwe Gasthuis in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, followed by transradial stenting in the same year and stenting on an outpatient basis in 1994. Kiemeneij serves as the interventional cardiology proctor for Merit’s ThinkRadial EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa) course and has trained countless physicians in transradial techniques over the years. 

In addition to its ThinkRadial training program, Merit Medical offers a full line of tools for radial procedures, including the PreludeEASE Hydrophilic Sheath Introducer. Available in 4F to 7F sizes, featuring a hydrophilic coating that facilitates easier insertion and removal, specifically up to 30 percent less insertion force than the leading competitor, the PreludeEASE is suitable for use in a wide range of interventional and diagnostic procedures. It is available in multiple kit configurations and custom options to meet specific procedural needs.

Kiemeneij recently called the PreludeEASE the “ideal kit” for interventional procedures for distal transradial access, a new radial entry site in the hand. It combines “optimal 21-gauge needle, 0.018-inch metallic wire and hydrophilic sheath introducer.”

The PreludeEASE Hydrophilic Sheath Introducer is often used in conjunction with the PreludeSYNC Radial Compression Device, a safe, secure, personal and effective compression device to aid in achieving vascular hemostasis.

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