The top 10 catheter innovations of 2021

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Last year was a big year for catheter innovation as medtech companies large and small received regulatory approvals for devices ranging from TAVR to single-use endoscopes.

Catheter innovations weren’t limited to just adults; Catheter-deployed devices for premature babies and toddlers were also approved and released.

And catheter-based devices made up nearly half of last year’s Prix Galien USA Awards nominees for the most innovative medical devices. Those devices included BD’s PureWick female external catheter and Venovo venous stent, Biotronik’s PK Papyrus covered coronary stent system, Boston Scientific’s HeartLogic heart failure monitoring device and Sentinel cerebral protection system, Edwards Lifesciences’ Sapien 3 Ultra transcatheter heart valve, Pulmonx’s Zephyr end-bronchial valve system and Baylis Medical’s VersaCross transeptal platform. (VersaCross, Venovo, PureWick and Sapien 3 Ultra are eligible for resubmission fo…

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FDA clears Preceptis Medical’s in-office ear tube placement for kids

Preceptis Medical today announced FDA clearance that allows placement of its Hummingbird tympanostomy tube system in an ENT surgeon’s office.

Officials at Maple Grove, Minn.–based Preceptis say the Hummingbird system significantly reduces trauma and procedure time for ear tube placement in young children. Kids receiving the ear tubes don’t need general anesthesia, and they don’t need to be in an operating room.

“Our office clinical study in over 200 children 6- to 24-months-old showed a 99% success rate in the office and a total procedure time of 5 minutes. This clearance will allow parents an option to have their child’s ear tubes placed without the need for general anesthesia or an operating room, while significantly reducing their costs,” Preceptis Medical CEO Steve Anderson said in a LinkedIn post.

Anderson in a company news release described the 510(k) clearance as an important milestone.

Dr. Shelagh Cofer,…

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