Epicardial ablation is often necessary for the treatment of complex arrhythmias refractory to endocardial ablation. Conventional needle access into the pericardial space is considered quite challenging, and it is often associated with several potential complications particularly inadvertent right ventricular puncture.
The novel EpiAccess Needle tip is embedded with a pressure sensor able to report the pressure waveform in real time when used with the EpiAccess System. The Authors evaluated the feasibility and safety of the EpiAccess®System by EpiEP, Inc., with a novel epicardial access needle in a multicenter study.
- Di Biase L, Burkhardt JD, Reddy V, Romero J, Neuzil P, Petru J, Sadiva L, Skoda J, Ventura M, Carbucicchio C, Dello Russo A, Csanadi Z, Casella M, Fassini GM, Tondo C, Sacher F, Theran M, Dukkipati S, Koruth J, Jais P, Natale A. Initial International Multicenter Human Experience with a Novel Epicardial Access Needle Embedded with a Real Time Pressure/Frequency Monitoring to Facilitate Epicardial Access: Feasibility and Safety. Heart Rhythm 2017 Mar 3 [Epub ahead of print] Go to PubMed