News | October 24, 2007

Transparent Radial Artery Band Provides Clearer View

October 25, 2007 - Terumo Interventional Systems announced at TCT 2007 the launch of the TR Band, a radial artery compression device designed to safely and comfortably stop bleeding after transradial procedures, designed to allow the clinician to easily check for clotting and to promote greater patient comfort.

The TR Band is a transparent band and precision pressure balloons that enable reportedly unobstructed visualization and monitoring of radial artery compression – all while preventing numbness and pain for enhanced patient comfort.

The primary benefit that the TR Band has over similar devices is its directed radial compression, which enables hemostasis achievement without compromising local nerve structure. The TR Band does so with its two separate inflatable balloons. A large balloon compresses the entire puncture site, and a small balloon gives it an angled direction for point compression. This dual system enables the TR Band to avoid compression of the nerves or the ulnar artery, which can cause discomfort and/or complications.

The TR Band was specifically developed for use after transradial procedures. While transradial procedures are showing significant success and acceptance in the cardiac cath lab communities of Europe, Asia, and Canada, transradial access is in its infancy in the U.S. However, radial access appears to be part of a growing trend.

“In an age of increasing peripheral vascular disease and our nation’s propensity for obesity, radial access has significant advantages over femoral access when considering the complications and challenges often associated with this approach. Our goal is to introduce products that support our core competencies – one of which is entry site management,” said Gary Clifton, marketing manager of Entry Site Management and Coronary Products at Terumo Interventional Systems.

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