Impella® Update

October 2016
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New Abiomed® 0.025” 260cm Guidewire for Impella RP® Heart Pump

WHAT’S NEW?
The new guidewire design has an enhanced tip that is better suited for shaping and a tapered proximal-end for easier back-loading of the heart pump.

PUTTING IT INTO PRACTICE
The new wire tip is engineered to accommodate tight bends such as those used when shaping.
The proximal end of the wire tapers from 0.025” to 0.018” for the final 40cm resulting in a flexible portion which eases backloading through the unique shape of the RP catheter. The new wire maintains equal stiffness to the previous Impella RP guidewire1. This high stiffness enables support of the RP pump through the RV outflow tract during delivery.

SUMMARY
The Abiomed 0.025” Guidewire includes:
1. 0.018” 40cm Proxmial-End backloading section.
2. 0.025” PTFE-Coated Stainless Steel Wire section.
3. Platinum Alloy Spring Coil Tip.

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