The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted 510(k) clearance for Teleflex‘s Arrow FlexTip Plus closed tip, multi-port epidural catheter.

The closed tip, multi-port catheter features a soft, flexible tip with four lateral holes and provides good kink resistance.

The Arrow FlexTip Plus closed tip, multi-port epidural catheter has been designed using the same technology as the open tip, single-port epidural catheter, which has been proven to considerably reduce complications commonly associated with epidural catheters, such as vein cannulations and paresthesia.

The coil-reinforced FlexTip Plus catheter material is made of polyurethane, which provides a unique balance of softness and strength, promoting easier insertion, less movement out of the epidural space, better block quality and higher satisfaction rates.

Cary Vance, Teleflex anaesthesia and respiratory president, said the company is adding the FlexTip Plus closed tip, multi-port to the Arrow catheter family to continue to support physicians with products that address the concerns anaesthesiologists face on a daily basis.

"The FlexTip Plus closed tip, multi-port is based on proven technology, helping anaesthesiologists achieve the drug dispersion they prefer, with the quality of care they demand for their patients," Vance added.

With the addition of the closed tip, multi-port catheter, FlexTip Plus now provides the drug dispersion choices that are demanded by the clinicians.

Teleflex provides specialty medical devices for a range of procedures in critical care and surgery, and offers solutions that enable healthcare providers to improve outcomes and enhance patient and provider safety.