Merit Medical Systems. has filed a patent for a drainage catheter designed to efficiently drain bodily fluids from patients. The catheter includes a catheter tube with a drainage lumen and a tension member running through it, anchored to the catheter tube for stability. GlobalData’s report on Merit Medical Systems gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Merit Medical Systems, Prosthetic cardiac valves was a key innovation area identified from patents. Merit Medical Systems's grant share as of January 2024 was 55%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Drainage catheter with tension member for bodily fluid drainage

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Merit Medical Systems Inc

The patent application (Publication Number: US20240033468A1) describes a novel drainage catheter design that includes a catheter tube with a drainage lumen, a tension member, and an anchor member. The tension member is strategically placed within the drainage lumen along different regions of the catheter tube, with a distal portion connected to the anchor member, ensuring secure fixation to the catheter tube. The catheter also features a catheter hub with a tension member passageway and lock for controlling the tension member's movement. Additionally, the catheter includes multiple drainage ports along the tube for efficient fluid drainage.

Furthermore, the patent application outlines methods for using and manufacturing the drainage catheter. The method for draining fluid from a patient involves inserting the catheter into the patient, accessing the fluid, and adjusting the tension member to anchor the catheter securely. The method also includes using a tension member lock to control the catheter's configuration. The manufacturing method details coupling the tension member to the catheter tube and forming a catheter tip with the tension member embedded for added stability. Overall, the patent application introduces innovative features in drainage catheter design and usage, aiming to improve efficiency and patient comfort during fluid drainage procedures.

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