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Sanford Health Physician Creates Unique Device

Jun 25, 2021 12:45PM ● By Med Magazine

Patrick Kelly, M.D., vascular surgeon at Sanford Health in Sioux Falls, has invented a minimally invasive pulmonary embolism catheter. This device is designed to transform treatment for life-threatening blood clots in the lungs, known as pulmonary embolisms.  

“If there is ever a way to make treatments easier and more efficient for our patients, then it’s important to look into those treatment options,” said Dr. Kelly. “This catheter simplifies the approach we already use by using one incision in the groin rather than two and helps open the door for more doctors to use this device. In addition, the device also speeds up the patient’s recovery time while lowering hospital costs and allowing real time patient monitoring for optimized drug delivery.” 

A blood clot in the lung can restrict blood flow, which in turn can lead to heart failure. Large or multiple clots can be fatal. They are most common after surgery, trauma, or periods of prolonged immobility. They are also common in pregnant women and older patients.

Liquet Medical Inc, based in Charlottesville, Va., recently licensed Dr. Kelly’s product with plans to commercialize the product and obtain Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance. The company hopes to have FDA clearance by late 2022 or early 2023.   

“Liquet Medical is excited to partner with Sanford Health to bring Dr. Kelly’s Pulmonary Embolism catheter from vision to patient treatment,” said John Schindler, CEO of Liquet Medical. “This novel technology will disrupt the way PE is treated today, helping physicians to better manage patients with this deadly disease.”   

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