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South Jordan, UT-based Merit Medical Systems recently introduced a new line of 4 French Fountain infusion catheters. The line includes more than 45 items ranging in infusion segment lengths of 5 cm to 50 cm.
The company already markets a line of 5 French Fountain infusion catheters used to treat peripheral arterial occlusions, hemodialysis graft occlusions, and deep vein thrombosis. The smaller, 4 French version will be used to reach occluded arteries and veins below the knee. Merit also will expand the 5 French Fountain line to include 40 cm and 50 cm infusion segments.
Some of the unique features of the 4 French Fountain catheter line include the following: a standard 0.035-inch guide wire; gradient hole sizes that allow for even distribution of fluid throughout the entire infusion segment of the catheter; a proprietary "snap cap" on the connecting end of the occluding wire to ensure correct wire placement and added security for overnight or long-term infusions; and Merit’s proprietary hemostasis valve that minimizes air bubbles and patient blood loss.