Cook Medical's Z-Trak Plus Delivery System Introduced


June 2, 2009—Cook Medical (Bloomington, IN) announced the launch of the Z-Trak Plus introduction system for use with the company's Zenith TX2 thoracic aortic aneurysm (TAA) endovascular stent graft. The company stated that the new device offers improved maneuverability for controllable device orientation and deployment compared to earlier Cook delivery systems.

According to the company, the Z-Trak Plus combines high kink resistance and flexibility with a low coefficient of friction that enables physicians to make last-minute adjustments before stent deployment, regardless of the scenario. The device features a hydrophilic-coated Cook Flexor sheath and superelastic alloy inner cannula. It was designed to provide enhanced control and flexibility of entry and tracking. The Flexor sheath features kink-resistant tubing technology for flexibility and trackability during use. A semideployed trifold configuration prevents a "wind-sock" effect during deployment, enabling the physician to avoid slowing or stopping of the heart, the company stated.

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