• Store in a cool dark place.
• Do not use open or damaged packages.
• Do not resterilize the catheter.
• Do not autoclave. Exposure to temperatures
above 54°C (130°F) may damage the catheter.
• Do not expose to solvents or ionizing radiation.
• Inspect the guiding catheter before use to verify that its size,
shape, and condition are suitable for the specific procedure.
• Before use, flush all devices entering the blood vessel with
sterile heparinized saline or a similar isotonic solution.
• If strong resistance is met during manipulation, discontinue
the procedure and determine the cause of the resistance
before proceeding. If the cause of the resistance cannot be
determined, withdraw the catheter.
• Torquing the guiding catheter while kinked may cause
damage which could result in possible separation along the
catheter shaft. Should the guiding catheter shaft become
kinked, withdraw the entire system (guiding catheter,
guidewire, and catheter sheath introducer).
• Advancement, manipulation, and withdrawal of the guiding
catheter should always be performed under fluoroscopic
• Extreme care must be taken to avoid damage to the
vasculature through which the guiding catheter passes. The
guiding catheter may occlude smaller vessels. Care must be
taken to avoid complete blood flow blockage.
• Large internal lumen guiding catheters require less force on
the syringe during injection