SOURCE: Datascope Corp.

April 20, 2005 16:05 ET

Datascope Announces Safeguard 12cm Pressure Assisted Dressing

MONTVALE, NJ -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 20, 2005 -- Datascope Corp. (NASDAQ: DSCP) announced the worldwide launch of Safeguard™ 12cm. Safeguard 12cm is the second product to be released in the Safeguard family of products. Safeguard 24cm was introduced in September 2003.

Both Safeguard 12cm and Safeguard 24cm (collectively 'Safeguard') are access-site management devices. They are used to control and stop bleeding after cardiac catheterization and radiological procedures where secondary hemostasis is required following manual compression or the placement of invasive mechanical closure devices. Because of its smaller size, Safeguard 12cm is especially useful for managing hemostasis in brachial and radial procedures such as A-V dialysis access for grafts and fistulas, and sites for chest tubes, dialysis catheters, central venous lines, and sheaths. Datascope estimates that more than 2 million such procedures are performed annually in the U.S. and abroad.

Safeguard is a single-use adhesive dressing with an inflatable see-through plastic bulb. The user places Safeguard over the patient's puncture wound site and inflates the bulb with air from a syringe. The inflated bulb is inelastic and provides consistent pressure over the wound site to maintain hemostasis. Safeguard also allows for easy monitoring of the wound site through the clear bulb. Because Safeguard does not require compression or ancillary equipment, it enables hands-free hemostasis management, can be used anywhere in the hospital, and reduces demands on the hospital staff.

"Because of its versatility, Safeguard is especially suitable for clinicians currently using manual compression, patches, or mechanical compression for the maintenance of hemostasis," said Bob Cathcart, Datascope's President of the Interventional Products / InterVascular Group. "We believe that the Safeguard product line can potentially replace these other hemostasis methods because it is easy to use and provides a hands-free solution for the medical staff." Safeguard is marketed and sold by Datascope's Interventional Products Division.

Datascope Corp. is a diversified medical device company that manufactures and markets proprietary products for clinical health care markets in interventional cardiology and radiology, cardiovascular and vascular surgery, anesthesiology, emergency medicine and critical care. Datascope's news releases and other company information can be found on the company's website,

Contact Information

  • For Information Contact:
    Rachel Winokur
    Corporate Director, Business Development
    Datascope Corp.
    14 Philips Parkway
    Montvale, NJ 07645
    (201) 307-5429