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 News Release - May 14, 2008

Cook Medical Launches EVOLUTION(R)-Shortie Mechanical Dilator Sheath Set for Vessel Access Associated with Lead Extraction

Enhanced Cardiac Lead Extraction Technology Unveiled at Heart Rhythm 2008 in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO--(HSMN NewsFeed)--In the latest of its advancements to cardiac lead extraction technology, Cook Medical today launched the EVOLUTION®-Shortie Mechanical Dilator Sheath Set, a natural adjunct to the company’s EVOLUTION mechanical extraction sheath technology. The enhanced technology, designed to provide physicians with an advanced tool for venous entry during cardiac lead extraction procedures, was unveiled today at Heart Rhythm 2008 in San Francisco, Calif.

Cook’s EVOLUTION-Shortie Mechanical Dilator Sheath Set is intended for use in patients requiring the percutaneous dilation of tissue surrounding cardiac leads, indwelling catheters and foreign objects. Cook’s EVOLUTION-Shortie boasts the same intuitive and well-received EVOLUTION mechanical dilator system technology, with added features designed to simplify vessel access during the lead extraction procedure. Simple to use, time-efficient and cost-effective, the EVOLUTION-Shortie employs a shorter length to enhance physician control and a specialized distal tip that enables physicians to succinctly negotiate through tough fibrous binding adhesions.

“Physicians have historically been forced to rely on either laser powered or mechanical extraction sheaths for difficult vein entry maneuvers,” said Barry Norlander, global marketing manager for Cook Vascular Incorporated, the manufacturer of both EVOLUTION devices. “If vein access cannot be accomplished with an extraction sheath, the physician must decide to either abort the procedure or use a less-desirable alternate extraction approach. With the EVOLUTION-Shortie, physicians have access to an advanced tool that allows for a more effective procedure, resulting in a significant reduction in time, effort, cost and inconvenience to the patient.”

How does it work?

Available in 9 and 11 French inner diameter sizes, EVOLUTION-Shortie features a unique application specific distal tip design. It consists of a flexible rotating sheath that succinctly separates fibrous binding sites from the leads that need extracting. This inner, exotic braided polymer sheath, featuring a shorter length to increase physician control, is shielded by an outer telescoping polymer sheath and connected to a handle, or trigger, which rotates it mechanically to advance the tip.

In addition to being used for vessel entry in conjunction with difficult to extract cardiac leads, EVOLUTION-SHORTIE has also been designed to assist physicians by helping them gain and retain venous access during the removal of less securely fibrosed leads that may become inadvertently removed from the patient before a re-implant pathway can be established. In each application, the use of EVOLUTION-SHORTIE can markedly lessen the number of expensive energized powered sheaths used as part of the procedure.

About Cook Medical

Cook Medical was one of the first companies to help popularize interventional medicine, pioneering many of the devices now commonly used worldwide to perform minimally invasive medical procedures. Today, the company integrates device design, biopharma, gene and cell therapy and biotech to enhance patient safety and improve clinical outcomes in the fields of aortic intervention; interventional cardiology; critical care medicine; gastroenterology; radiology, peripheral vascular, bone access and oncology; surgery and soft tissue repair; urology; and assisted reproductive technology, gynecology and high-risk obstetrics. Cook is a past winner of the prestigious Medical Device Manufacturer of the Year Award from Medical Device & Diagnostic Industry magazine. For more information, visit

About Heart Rhythm 2008

May 14 – 17, Moscone Center, San Francisco, California

Heart Rhythm 2008 will be held May 14 – 17 in San Francisco. The premier conference on cardiac arrhythmias offers comprehensive coverage of the subjects that matter most to heart rhythm professionals. From the latest research findings and treatment best practices to the cutting-edge techniques and tools of the future, Heart Rhythm 2008 keeps medical professionals current on the state-of-the-art in cardiac arrhythmia research, diagnosis, treatment and technology. For more information, visit

Source: Cook Medical

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