Splittable hemostatic valve and sheath and the method for using the same

  • US 5,125,904 A
  • Filed: 07/09/1991
  • Issued: 06/30/1992
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/09/1991
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. An sheath assembly for use with a lead or catheter comprising:

  • an introducer sheath;

    a hemostatic valve coupled to said introducer sheath, said hemostatic valve and introducer sheath being arranged and configured to permit introduction of at least one lead or catheter therethrough;

    means for permitting removal of said hemostatic valve and introducer sheath from said lead or catheter disposed therethrough without requiring said introducer sheath and hemostatic valve to be removed from an end of said lead or catheter,whereby said assembly may remain in a vein throughout an operation with the advantage of free lead exchange and easier lead manipulation without substantial bleeding, risk of air embolism, clotting or repeated sheath insertion related trauma from lead exchange.

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