CIS at Lafayette General first in La. to use clot removal system

7/23/2013

Nick Cavros, M.D., interventional cardiologist with Cardiovascular Institute of the South at Lafayette General Medical Center, was the first physician in Louisiana to use the ASPIRE Aspirator, a new hand-held mechanical aspirator system to remove blood clots and increase blood flow.

The new ASPIRE Aspirator consistently aspirates, or sucks, out blood clots in blocked arteries with speed, force and control. The physician is able to instantly start, stop, increase, decrease or pulse aspiration force. During the procedure, which takes place in a catheterization laboratory, a small catheter is inserted into the patient’s leg and is guided to the blocked artery. Once a catheter is in the vein or artery, the cardiologist can diagnose the location and extent of the lesion. Treatment options vary depending on the age, size, and location of the blood clot. Clinicians may follow blood clot aspiration with stent, bypass or other intervention.

"Most people know that blood clots are lethal in the heart and brain. But, blood clots can be life-threatening in the legs, lung and other organs too,” said Dr. Cavros. "Our CIS team has experience treating a wide range of blood clots with numerous tools. We focus on the patient’s needs and tailor the right therapy to improve care—fast.”

Aspiration is typically performed with basic syringes or electromechanical pumps and systems. Basic syringes require two hands to operate, are volume limited and do not maintain consistent aspiration force. Electromechanical systems can aspirate more volume with increased force, but are expensive, can be difficult to use, require set-up and training and do not give the clinician tangible feel and feedback during aspiration.

"Speed and accuracy is important to remove blood clots and restore blood flow,” continued Dr. Cavros. "The ASPIRE system improves aspiration speed and performance, and it allows us to use a variety of catheters specific to the patient’s needs.”

"We are pleased that our technology was used again to improve patient care,” said Shawn Fojtik, CEO of Control Medical Technology. "Improving aspiration can improve care. The ASPIRE Aspirator meets this challenge with a simple system to improve aspiration speed and control. We have a pipeline of additional technologies under development to further meet this need.”

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