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Sensation® 7Fr. IAB Catheter

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Sensation® 7Fr. IAB Catheter

The smallest IAB catheter, combined with innovative fiber-optic technology that automatically calibrates in vivo.

Bringing clarity to mechanical circulatory support

Recent debate regarding the IABP has centered on the discrepant results obtained from randomized, controlled trials (RCTs), versus the benefits observed by clinicians in decades of clinical practice.

This series of educational programs reviews the physiological principles behind current circulatory support therapies.

Watch Drs. Redwood, Perea and Pijls in a new video series


Sensation 7Fr. is the smallest IAB catheter available today, combined with innovative fiber-optic technology that automatically calibrates in vivo. Smaller is better for the patient, potentially reducing vascular complications.

7Fr. size without sacrificing performance

  • The 7Fr. catheter is made possible by fiber-optic technology, allowing more patients with smaller, compromised vessels to benefit from IABP therapy
  • Potential for smaller arteriotomy
  • Potential for reduced limb ischemia

New IAB tray and insertion kit packaging: Innovative tray design for faster, easier setup and improved membrane protection.

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The Sensation 7Fr. Catheter.
Smaller is Better

  • Potential for smaller arteriotomy
  • Potential for reduced limb ischemia
  • 15% increase in the amount of distal flow vs. 8Fr.*
  • 23% reduction on the cross-sectional area

Fiber-optic Sensor

The fiber-optic sensor instantaneously transmits a precise pressure signal to the Cardiosave (Hybrid, Rescue) or CS300:

  • Reduced signal transfer delay vs. fluid-filled column
  • Maximizes helium gas shuttle lumen
  • Speeds and standardizes pressure set-up

Proprietary IAB Membrane

A patented, blow-molded polyurethane IAB material developed to withstand the constant abrasion of even the most calcified aortas*:

  • 43% more abrasion resistance
  • Reduced insertion force
  • Immediate inflation at start-up
  • Improved fatigue resistance

Unique T-handle Balloon Retainer

  • Ensures smallest balloon membrane profile
  • Protects balloon membrane during set-up

*Bench testing completed by Maquet. Data on file. Bench test results are not necessarily predictive of clinical results.


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