Limerick, Pennsylvania --Teleflex Inc. has launched of the new Arrow FlexBlock Continuous Peripheral Nerve Block Catheter at Anesthesiology 2012, the annual meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, and has begun shipping the device to customers.
The launch follows the FlexBlock Catheter's recent 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
This continuous peripheral nerve block catheters is aimed at for clinicians who use ultrasound-guidance when placing such devices, said Teleflex.
The body of the echogenic, coil-reinforced FlexBlock Catheter is made of polyurethane, and the unique catheter design offers a combination of "ultrasound visibility, flexibility, and excellent kink resistance," said Teleflex.
The FlexBlock Catheter's tip design is intended to provide clinicians with a predictable spread of anaesthetic.
"The launch of the Arrow FlexBlock Continuous Peripheral Nerve Block Catheter is an exciting milestone for Teleflex," said Cary Vance, president of the companty's Anesthesia and Respiratory Division, in a company statement.
Addition of the new catheter will allow Teleflex to "meet the needs of more anaesthesiologists in the field of regional anaesthesia and acute pain management," the company said.