On 13 November, Biotronik launched its 3Flow Aspiration Catheter. According to a company release, this catheter is specifically designed to facilitate quick and accurate thrombus aspiration.
Thrombus aspiration is applicable in a larger majority of patients with myocardial infarction with ST-segment elevation (STEMI) to improve clinical outcome. Thrombus aspiration received a IIa recommendation in the most recent ESC (European Society of Cardiology) guidelines.
With the supplied 60ml locking syringe and large inner lumen, the 3Flow Catheter allows for the extraction of larger thrombotic particles as well as for a longer aspiration time.
“The large syringe doubles the aspiration time compared to standard 30ml syringes, which avoids switching syringes in many cases and allows to better focus on the accuracy of the procedure,” said Henrik Schneider, University Hospital in Rostock, Germany. “At the same time, the large inner lumen catheter allows for aspiration of larger thrombotic particles and causes less blockages.”