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Abbott launches new fast, safe vessel closure device

Abbott Vascular : 16 May, 2008  (New Product)
Abbott has unveiled its StarClose SE Vascular Closure System, a next-generation vessel closure device that provides fast, safe and secure closure of the femoral artery access site following a catheterization procedure.
StarClose SE is available in the USA and Europe.

StarClose SE, which stands for 'Safe and Extravascular', builds upon the premium design of its predecessor, StarClose, with more ergonomically-friendly design features. StarClose SE advancements include:

- Improved ease of use, with an intuitive, numbered system, providing visual guidance and audible ‘clicks’ for each step leading to clip deployment;

- Immediate vessel closure with deployment of a shape-memory clip onto the surface of an artery, allowing patients to recover and be discharged sooner than with manual compression;

- Added device stability for the operator during clip deployment.

'With a more ergonomic stabilizer and simpler, numbered-step deployment, StarClose SE offers users the ability to close an artery in a fast, safe and effective manner following a catheterization procedure,' said David Lee, MD, assistant professor of Medicine and director of Cardiac Catheterization and Coronary Intervention Laboratories at the Stanford School of Medicine. 'With its definitive mechanical closure, StarClose SE enables an operator to confirm a reliable closure immediately, which offers important benefits for physicians and patients in reducing patient time to mobility following these procedures.'

StarClose SE utilises the same nitinol (nickel and titanium) clip technology as StarClose to close the femoral artery access site after a catheterization procedure. When deployed, the small nitinol clip grasps the tissue on top of the artery around the access site in a purse-string fashion and closes the opening in the femoral artery rapidly and securely with minimal affect to the lumen diameter or the blood flow inside the vessel.

'We are pleased to introduce StarClose SE to advance the secure closure of the vascular access site following catheterization procedures,' said Charles Simonton, MD, FACC, FSCAI, divisional vice president, Medical Affairs and chief medical officer, Abbott Vascular. 'StarClose SE was carefully designed to preserve the safety, reliability and extravascular closure of our first-generation technology, while providing enhanced ease of use for physicians.'
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