Cook Medical Rolls Out Aprima™ Interventional Radiology Access Portfolio

In short

Cook Medical has announced general availability of the Aprima Access Nonvascular Introducer Set, the first product in the Aprima drainage portfolio. The system is purpose-designed for nonvascular single-puncture percutaneous access to facilitate placement of a working wire guide for interventional radiology procedures. In a newly issued press release the company says the launch reinforces its commitment to advancing the field of interventional radiology.


Key to the performance of the Aprima Access product platform is the so-called transitionless design of the sheath and the introducer. Cook says the Transitionless-Tip, which replaces the traditional step with what is effectively a gentle taper(pictured), is designed to help interventional radiologists streamline access and reduce the risk of patient trauma which its own data says it does by substantially reducing any major resistance that could make insertion difficult.

The set’s design is highly radiopaque along the entire shaft including the distal tip to provide visibility under fluoroscopy after placement. The set also includes a hydrophilic-coated coaxial introducer, which works with the Transitionless-Tip to ease placement for drainage access. Physicians purchasing the complete set also have a choice of two EchoTip® needles designed for optimal ultrasound visibility.

Designed to address physician demands, the complete Aprima Access Set options include a choice of two types of EchoTip echogenic access needles, two types of wire guides and the hydrophilic-coated coaxial introducer.

Company comments

“Cook was among the first to create drainage products specifically engineered to meet the needs of interventional radiologists,” said Dan Sirota, vice president and global leader of Cook Medical’s Interventional Radiology and Critical Care divisions. “Decades of collaborating with physicians to provide these solutions have given Cook a deep understanding of patient and physician needs in this market. This knowledge has helped Cook continue to advance the technology needed for every drainage procedure.”


The Aprima Access Set is currently available to customers in the United States and Canada.

Source: Cook Medical, Business Wire