“We are glad we were able to provide Dr. Mündlein and his team access to the Surfacer System for his patient,” stated Gabriele Niederauer, PhD, CEO and President of Bluegrass Vascular Technologies. “Central venous obstruction is a very serious problem for patients undergoing hemodialysis therapy and often results in the use of alternative veins, other than the RIJ vein. This often impedes the subsequent placement and maturation of permanent arteriovenous access options, which decrease patient morbidity and the cost of care. The Surfacer System ensures that valuable venous real estate will not be depleted, thus avoiding damage to other veins, and in patients with totally occluded veins, providing an alternative to extremely invasive and costly surgery for catheter placement.”
The Surfacer System is designed to permit physicians the ability to reliably gain central venous access from the inside out by inserting the Surfacer System through the femoral vein and navigating it up through the patient’s venous system with an exit point in the RIJ vein, the optimal location for placing a central venous catheter. The proprietary Inside-Out® approach restores and preserves venous access while retaining the viability of existing central veins. This allows the placement and maturation of permanent arteriovenous access options that are associated with improved patient outcomes and reduced cost of care.
Bluegrass Vascular Technologies has applied for CE Mark certification and plans to commercialize the Surfacer System in Europe in the upcoming months. In addition, BVT recently received International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 13485:2003 certification, an internationally recognized quality standard for medical devices, demonstrating the company’s commitment to the highest level of quality management and design controls to ensure delivery of safe and effective products.
About Bluegrass Vascular Technologies
Bluegrass Vascular Technologies is a medical technology company dedicated to developing and commercializing lifesaving devices and methods that address shortcomings in vascular access procedures.