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MAQUET Cardiovascular Introduces New VASOSHIELD Pressure Controlling Syringe to Help Preserve Graft Integrity for Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery Patients

Monday, May 3, 2010 General News J E 4
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WAYNE, N.J., May 3 MAQUET Cardiovascular LLC today announced the launch in the United States of the new VASOSHIELD Pressure Controlling Syringe for use during Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) surgery. The VASOSHIELD syringe limits internal "flushing" pressure and controls vessel distension when harvested grafts are irrigated in preparation for use in bypass surgery. Avoiding excessive pressure and limiting distension help maintain internal vessel integrity, which has been shown in clinical studies to be an important factor affecting conduit quality and long-term graft success. The new VASOSHIELD syringe will be demonstrated to cardiothoracic surgeons at the American Association of Thoracic Surgeons (AATS) 90th Annual Meeting, which is taking place from May 1-5, 2010 in Toronto, Canada.

"Accurately assessing and controlling pressure in grafts with a standard syringe can be difficult," said Michael J. Mack, M.D., Research Director, THE HEART HOSPITAL Baylor Plano. "We look forward to using the VASOSHIELD syringe because we expect it to assist us in the meticulous handling and preservation of vein grafts, which is vitally important to graft patency and positive patient outcomes. In addition, we look forward to gathering the data to help show the clinical benefit this new tool will provide. We believe it will complement the data we will obtain from the OPTION trial."

Dr. Mack is an investigator for the OPTION (Optimal Improvement of Vein Graft Patency Long Term by the Implementation Of Novel Endoscopic Harvesting Techniques) study. This clinical trial is designed to evaluate the equivalence of Endoscopic Vessel Harvesting (EVH) in CABG surgery compared with historical data for open vein harvesting.

When a vessel is prepared for use as a bypass graft it is frequently distended with a standard syringe to flush and check for leaks. If flushing pressure inside the vessel is not controlled, it has been observed to reach as high as 600 mm Hg, inadvertently damaging the internal vessel surface. By limiting the maximum pressure that can be applied during graft distension, this type of injury may be prevented, thereby improving the overall quality and patency of the graft long term.

The VASOSHIELD Syringe allows the user to select one of three settings -- 150, 250 or 350 mm Hg - so that flushing pressure is adjusted in pre-set increments and uninterrupted flow is delivered during vein preparation. It has been clinically shown that vessels flushed at controlled, lower pressures more effectively overcome spasm, maintain their endothelial and medial layers, and are more likely to provide a high-quality conduit for bypass surgery.

The VASOSHIELD Pressure Controlling Syringe is part of the VASOVIEW family of products from MAQUET Cardiovascular, which include a range of EVH technology options to perform minimally invasive vessel harvesting procedures.

"As a leader in the field, MAQUET continues to advance cardiac bypass surgery techniques by investing in technologies that help improve patient outcomes and enhance quality of life," said Patrick Walsh, President of the Cardiac Surgery Business Unit at MAQUET Cardiovascular. "The new VASOSHIELD syringe is yet another example of our commitment to supporting physicians with tools that optimize graft quality and improve standards of care."

About Vessel Harvesting

Vessels for bypass surgery may be retrieved using open surgery or through minimally-invasive endoscopic vessel harvesting (EVH). During EVH, a healthy blood vessel, such as the saphenous vein from the leg or the radial artery from the arm, is removed through a small incision for use during CABG surgery to bypass a blockage in the heart. Open vein harvesting requires a lengthy incision that is often extremely painful and prone to healing complications. EVH is considered a standard of care in the United States, with 80 percent of all CABG surgeries utilizing this technique.

About MAQUET Cardiovascular

MAQUET Cardiovascular was formed in 2003 and is a leader in providing innovative products for cardiac surgery, vascular intervention and cardiac support to hospitals and clinics and the cardiac surgeons, interventional cardiologists, perfusionists and other healthcare professionals who care for patients with cardiovascular disease. MAQUET Cardiovascular is focused on providing clinicians with future-oriented technology that fits into their daily practice and improves the therapeutic management of patients. MAQUET Cardiovascular continues to invest in the development of innovative technologies and solutions that advance clinical practice, improve patient outcomes and enhance quality of life.

MAQUET Cardiovascular provides healthcare professionals with products in four business units: Cardiopulmonary (perfusion products), Cardiac Surgery (clampless beating heart and endoscopic vessel harvesting), Vascular Interventions (grafts for vascular surgery), and Cardiac Assist (intra-aortic balloon counterpulsation therapy).

About The MAQUET Group

The MAQUET Group is the global market leader for Medical Systems, focusing on the Operating Room (OR), Cath Lab, Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and Patient Transport. The integrated products of MAQUET are specially designed to deliver optimal clinical treatment and therapeutic applications within acute care hospitals. MAQUET provides innovative medical solutions from three Divisions:

MAQUET is a subsidiary of the publicly-listed Swedish GETINGE GROUP, a company with around $3 billion in revenues (2009 fiscal year) and 12,100 employees worldwide. In 2009 MAQUET itself generated revenues of around $1.5 billion. The company now has more than 5,000 employees in 36 international sales and service organizations, as well as a network of more than 250 sales representatives. Twelve manufacturing sites are located in 6 countries.

www.maquet.com

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MAQUET - The Gold Standard.

-- Cardiovascular with products for cardiac assist (intra-aortic balloon counterpulsation therapy), coronary artery bypass surgery, complex aortic surgery reconstruction, peripheral interventions and extracorporeal circulation. -- Critical Care for intensive care ventilators and anesthesia machines -- Surgical Workplaces for OR tables, lights and ceiling service units, flexible room design for OR, Cath Lab and ICU as well as digital OR integration.

SOURCE MAQUET Cardiovascular LLC
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