Thermodilution and Pulmonary Artery Catheter
Thermodilution Catheters consists of catheter and accessories, and the accessories include introducer, guide steel wire, puncture needle, syringe, scalpel, suture wing(optional Safetywedge) etc. The tips of the catheters are mounted with a latex balloon which, when inflated, protects the heart tissues from the products tips during insertion; utilizes blood flow to direct the catheter tip through the right ventricle into the pulmonary artery. Different models are available for use in pediatric and adult patients. Catheter can be supplied with or without built-in contamination shields who are aware of the benefits and risks of the catheter usage.
•Production Advantages with Safetywedge
•SAFETYWEDGE thermodilution catheters virtually eliminate the risk of pulmonary artery rupture due to balloon overpressurization- the most serious complication associated with PA catheter monitoring.
•SAFETYWEDGE catheters reduce the risk of this potentially dangerous situation by facilitating inflation of the SafetyWedge device when either the distal balloon encounters abnormal resistance to inflation, or the pressure inside the distal balloon exceeds the normal inflation pressure.
•SAFETYWEDGE component acts as a pressure relief valve to prevent overpressurization of the distal ballon. This not only averts vessel rupture but ballon rupture as well, and alerts the clinician to reposition the catheter.
Flow-directed thermodilution catheters are designed for use in critical care patients to measure cardiac output, right atrium, pulmonary artery and pulmonary capillary wedge pressure; continuously monitor pulmonary artery temperature, sample blood and administer drugs and solutions intravenously and measure cardiac output via the computers which interface with 14kohm catheters.