Used in electrophysiology (EP) labs and procedures indicated to pace and transmit electrical signals with platinum electrodes (conductive metal bands) from the heart.

Decontamination and cleaning:

  • Accepted EP catheters undergo prolonged soaking, cleaning and rinsing in pH-neutral enzymatic cleansers and sanitizers that are compatible with all device materials
  • Testing to measure and/or calculate continuity to verify functionality as well as isolation (cross talk), to detect any breakdown of electrical insulation
  • Short circuits are detected by measuring the resistance between each pair of electrodes

Inspection, reassembly and performance testing:

  • Components are thoroughly inspected under magnification to ensure each component meets cleanliness and surface defect requirements
  • Device curves are measured against standard templates to ensure the direction, shape and plane of the curve meet Stryker’s established criteria
  • Tip protectors are placed on fixed curve catheters to ensure that the radius of the curvature remains unchanged
  • Confirmation of cleanliness is accomplished by daily lot testing of bacterial endotoxins to an established acceptance criteria of less than 20 endotoxin units per device

products-ep-trayAfter use, wipe down the catheters with clean, wet gauze to remove excess debris. Then, while loosely coiling the catheters, place them in a Stryker provided collection bag. Catheters with a complex shape, such as Lassos, need to be packaged in the Universal Collection Tray.

The platinum plus program is a value-added service designed to promote sustainability and financial value for EP labs. This one-stop service provides supply cost reductions through the recycling of select catheters and their removal from the waste stream.

  • All EP labs are eligible for this program
  • Precious metals are recycled, such as platinum from catheters, in exchange for a payment based on platinum’s market value
  • Use funds from the program to pay for future purchases, thereby lowering supply costs

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