MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Feb. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Hotspur Technologies announced today that Dr. Thomas DiBartholomeo of Fairfield, CT, performed the first clinical use of its Keeper™ Embolectomy Catheter. The Keeper Catheter enables physicians to clear clot formation within arteries, while also incorporating the capability of injecting physician-specified fluids directly through the balloon catheter.
The Keeper Catheter combines a compliant embolectomy balloon with its proprietary VisioValve™ technology. This unique valve, located at the distal end of the device, allows the physician to inject fluids such as contrast or thrombolytics directly to the intended location of visualization or treatment. By combining these two frequently used tasks into one device, the Keeper Catheter allows a physician to potentially maintain guidewire position for an entire case.
Dr. DiBartholomeo used the device during multiple dialysis access procedures where the removal of clot was needed after vessel blockages began to limit necessary blood flow. The embolectomy balloon, which is compatible with vessels between 4mm and 15mm, was inflated and retracted to displace thrombus. Then, without needing to remove the balloon catheter or the guidewire, the VisioValve was opened and contrast injected to visualize device placement and to confirm successful clot displacement.
After utilizing the device, Dr. DiBartholomeo remarked, "This device deployment was highly successful. By being able to visualize the effectiveness of the clot removal without removing the balloon or the guidewire, the Keeper Catheter will be an effective tool in my dialysis access procedures. Moving forward, this device will play a key role in my procedures that require embolectomy."
The Keeper Catheter is one of Hotspur's first three commercially available products, all of which are based upon the VisioValve™ technology. This unique val