Sorin expands CV line with Datascope EVH device

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Sorin Group has acquired the Clearglide endoscopic vessel (EVH) harvesting product line of the Montvale, N.J.-based Datascope, which allow for less-invasive harvesting of vessels for use in coronary artery bypass grafting.

The Milan, Italy-based Sorin said that EVH procedures replace traditional open-vessel harvesting to avoid pain and discomfort for patients. In addition, the incision that is required in an open-vessel harvesting procedure is associated with a high rate of wound complications including dehiscence, hematoma and infection.

"After conclusion in 2008 of our divestiture program, this transaction is a first step towards reinforcing our leading cardiac surgery franchises," said André-Michel Ballester, Sorin's CEO.