The FDA has just approved St. Jude Medical‘s new Cool Point™ Irrigation Pump for use with SJM’s open-irrigated ablation catheters for radiofrequency (RF) ablation procedures for atrial fibrillation.
Designed to enhance physicians’ ability to perform successful atrial ablations, the new Cool Point irrigation pump was developed specifically for use with the company’s IBI-1500T9-CP cardiac ablation generator and family of Therapy™ Cool Path™ irrigated catheters.
In addition to the intuitive setup and operation, the Cool Point Irrigation Pump provides monitoring and safety features, which are designed to give physicians more control over therapy delivery. This interface enables physicians to monitor the total volume of irrigation solution delivered through an easy-to-read display.
The pump’s proprietary tubing includes an in-line occlusion detector, which monitors flow pressure between the pump and the catheter tip, providing an alert if flow pressure increases substantially relative to the flow rate (an indication that irrigation ports on the catheter tip may be blocked and the tip cooling may not be effective). In addition, the pump has redundant bubble detectors, each designed to detect bubbles as small as two microliters. Bubbles in the bloodstream may lead to embolism or stroke.