VIVA 2014 Quality Improvement Call to Action Includes Sessions on Ultrasound-Guided Vascular Access and Micropuncture Technique

One of the risks of vascular access is the inadvertent vascular puncture of the posterior wall, side branches, and veins. It can lead to increased hemorrhagic risk in anticoagulated patients, hematoma, or pseudoaneurysm. Because this is such a common problem for clinicians and their patients, this year's VIVA (Vascular Interventional Advances) meeting is including a Quality Improvement Call to Action on ultrasound-guided vascular access that includes sessions on micropuncture technique.

Merit Medical invites VIVA attendees to visit our booth to learn more about the Merit MAK™ and S-MAK™ mini access kits designed to support micropuncture technique. These mini access kits for the percutaneous placement of 0.035" (0.89 mm) or 0.038" (0.97 mm) guide wires include

  • 21G, smaller needle to minimize trauma and bleeding
  • 4 cm, 7cm and 9 cm lengths
  • Standard MDX coating reduces insertion force and drag
  • Echo-enhanced tip option
  • Stainless steel and Nitinol mandrel core wires
  • Tip options: stainless steel, platinum or palladium
  • 40 cm, 60 cm and 80 cm lengths
  • 0.018” diameter
  • Excellent transitions from dilator to introducer
  • Smooth insertion
  • 4F-5F sizes
  • 10 cm and 15 cm lengths
  • Excellent transitions from wire to dilator
  • MAK for all applicable vascular access sites.
  • S-MAK has a stiffened dilator for placement in scar tissue, tougher skin, calcified or diseased vessels, or obese patients.
  • BowTie™ offers an elegant solution to the problem of aligning micro guide wires with devices for quick and easy insertion.
We're looking forward to seeing you at VIVA November 4-7 at the Wynn in Las Vegas. Until then, you can find more information on Merit's extensive line of products for vascular access on

Chan Ream
Product Manager
Vascular Access

Merit Medical to Exhibit Dialysis Product Line at Controversies in Dialysis (CIDA) Conference in Salt Lake City, October 23-24, 2014

The world's premier dialysis access conference is coming to Salt Lake City. We look forward to meeting the attendees who come to CIDA to discuss unique techniques and devices for hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis access.

Merit Medical's full suite of innovative dialysis products can help you improve your patient's quality of life when treating end-stage renal disease (ESRD).

Our comprehensive dialysis product line features long-term hemodialysis catheters and peritoneal dialysis implantation kits, catheters, and accessories. These products are designed to meet the unique clinical needs of the ESRD patient.

For every step of your dialysis procedure, Merit Medical offers high-quality products for dialysis therapy. From preparation to intervention, our products will help you achieve the clinical, economical, and procedural efficiency that is essential for delivering the best possible care.

We look forward to seeing you at CIDA!

Nate Smith
Senior Product Manager

Lynette Ruppel
Senior Product Manager
Peritoneal Dialysis


Merit Medical is pleased to announce the launch of the Merit SureCross® Support Catheter. The SureCross is used to guide and support guide wires, traverse vasculature, facilitate guide wire exchanges, and deliver infusions of saline, contrast, and therapeutic agents. It is designed to give physicians trackability, pushability, and visibility when treating patients with difficult occlusions resulting from peripheral arterial disease (P.A.D.).
  • 40 cm distal hydrophilic coating for smooth tracking through tortuous anatomy
  • Maximum infusion pressure of 300 psi
  • Low profile seamless transition from catheter to guide wire for exceptional crossing support
  • Matches guide wire outer diameter (OD) within 0.001" for added strength and pushability
  • Translucent shaft for improved visualization
  • 3 platinum marker bands to confirm positioning
  • Internal platinum distal marker band
  • 2 mm distance from tip to marker band for accuracy of tip location

Contact your Merit Sales Representative to evaluate the SureCross Support Catheter today.

Tami Anderson
Senior Product Manager

Updated Version of Merit Convert App now Available in the iPhone App Store

An updated version of Merit Medical's popular iPhone Convert App was launched with the release of the iPhone 6 and IOS8. Merit Convert is a handy tool for anyone with measurement conversions including area, length, mass, temperature and volume. For those in the Medical Device industry, the app also contains an artificial aging calculator, flow and pressure conversions and needle gauge and French size charts. There’s also a handy work week calendar so you can quickly determine the week that you’ll start and finish projects.

The Merit Convert App Version 1.4 includes minor design updates and bug fixes. To update the App if it’s already on your iPhone or to download the App for the first time, please visit the App Store on your iPhone. If you enjoy using the App, please take a moment to rate it!

To learn more visit

Michelle Stevens
Merit OEM Senior Marketing Communications Manager


Catheter Patency is Vital for Patients with End-Stage Renal Disease

Catheter patency is vital for the delivery of hemodialysis and effective, long-term vascular access for patients with end-stage renal disease. Tunneled catheter thrombosis, as a result of venous thrombosis or the formation of fibrin sheaths, is a leading cause of catheter failure. Thrombosis can occur when the distal tip of the catheter comes in contact with the vessel wall, which can lead to vessel wall injury and fibrin sheath formation. The tip designs of many available long-term hemodialysis catheters on the market today allow for the tip of the catheter to come in contact with the vessel wall.

The CentrosFLO represents an innovative approach to the design of long-term hemodialysis catheters. The self-centering, curved-tip catheter has a greater separation between the arterial and venous tips compared to a symmetric-tip catheter. Its design is intended to optimize catheter patency, and to reduce fibrin sheath formation, thrombosis and vessel wall occlusions. This unique tip design keeps the tips of the catheter centered in the vessel and away from the vessel wall reducing vessel wall trauma.

An independent retrospective study1 conducted by a vascular access center showed 94.7% patency in the CentrosFLO catheter versus the competitor's catheter, which had a patency rate of only 75% at 3 months. For more information about the CentrosFLO Long-Term Hemodialysis catheter, visit the CentrosFLO product web page.

  1 Balamuthusamy S. Self-centering, split-tip catheter has better patency than symmetric-tip tunneled hemodialysis catheter: single-center retrospective analysis. Semin Dial. 2014 Jan 20. Epub 2014 Jan 20