Merit Medical Systems has launched the Prelude Snap splittable sheath introducer. The Prelude snap’s design is based directly on physician feedback.
“Physicians know first-hand how frustrating it is to lose a lead placement. Understanding those frustrations, Merit designed the Prelude Snap,” said Fred Lampropoulos, Merit’s chairman and chief executive officer.
The Prelude Snap is easier to break, approximately 33% easier than competitors, according to a company press release. An easier-to-break sheath can minimise harsh movements of the lead during removal and help ensure leads stay in place.
The Prelude Snap was also designed with patients in mind, and features a smooth, seamless sheath-to-dilator transition to reduce vessel trauma and provide ease of vessel insertion.
The device comes in a number of sizes, ranging from 6F to 12.5F. Each product kit contains the Prelude Snap, dilator, 0.038” x 50cm or 0.038” x 80cm guide wire, an 18G x 7cm Merit Advance needle, known for its superior sharpness and approximately 46% less drag, and a 12 mL syringe.