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May 19th, 2022 Baptist Health South Florida

Baptist Health South Florida is the First Medical Facility in Florida to Use Newly Cleared SafeCross™ Transseptal RF Puncture and Steerable Balloon introducer System

Ramon Quesada M.D. of Baptist Health’s Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute Performed the Case to Safely and Efficiently Access the Left Atrium of the Heart

Miami, FL – May 19, 2022 – Baptist Health’s Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute today announced the first use of the SafeCrossTransseptal Radiofrequency (RF) Puncture and Steerable Balloon Introducer System for a case requiring left atrium access. The all-in-one system is designed to provide a predictable, precise, and safe solution for structural heart and electrophysiology interventions that require transseptal puncture and access.

Ramon Quesada, M.D., Medical Director of the Structural Heart and Complex Percutaneous Coronary Intervention Programs at Baptist Health’s Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute successfully used the system for a left atrium appendage closure (LAAC) case.

“We are thrilled to be the first medical facility in Florida to use the SafeCross system for transseptal puncture. This system is exactly what we were looking for in a new transseptal crossing device,” stated Dr. Quesada. “The highly-visible positioning balloon of the SafeCross allowed me to quickly target the precise location of the heart I wanted to access. The RF puncture built into the system made the puncture process very smooth and safe. I look forward to using this system in more of my procedures.”

The all-in-one SafeCross System consists of a bi-directional steerable introducer sheath and a radiofrequency puncture dilator, making it a needle-less system. Uniquely designed with an atraumatic contrast-filled positioning balloon on its distal end, the introducer sheath is ultra-visible under echocardiography and x-ray to facilitate precise puncture site selection, while its bi-directional steerability allows for safe maneuvering and perpendicular placement on the septum. The proprietary RF puncture dilator delivers electrical energy quickly and predictably to puncture the atrial septum.

About Baptist Health South Florida

Baptist Health South Florida is the largest healthcare organization in the region, with 11 hospitals, more than 23,000 employees, 4,000 physicians and 100 outpatient centers, urgent care facilities and physician practices spanning across Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Baptist Health has internationally renowned centers of excellence in cancer, cardiovascular care, orthopedics and sports medicine, and neurosciences. In addition, it includes Baptist Health Medical Group; Baptist Health Quality Network; and Baptist Health Care On Demand, a virtual health platform. A not-for-profit organization supported by philanthropy and committed to its faith-based charitable mission of medical excellence, Baptist Health has been recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America and by Ethisphere as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. For more information, visit BaptistHealth.net/Newsroom and connect with us on FacebookInstagramTwitter and LinkedIn.

About East End Medical

East End Medical, based in Miami, Fl., was founded to improve catheter-based cardiac procedures. The company’s first product, the SafeCross Transseptal RF Puncture & Steerable Balloon Introducer System, provides physicians with a predictable and safe solution for crossing the atrial septum using a single device. Learn more about the SafeCross system at safecrossdevice.com.

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