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Vanguard sets the standards in medical remanufacturing of EP catheters

With the remanufacturing of cooled ablation and 3D mapping catheters Vanguard AG takes medical remanufacturing of single use medical devices to a whole new level.

Vanguard: Experts in their field

The biggest challenge in remanufacturing cooled ablation catheters lies in the cleaning of the long and narrow lumen of the catheter shaft so that no residue remains. 

When remanufacturing catheters with 3D mapping systems, the electronic memory chips and magnetic field sensors require special attention. 

We make make no compromises with regard to safety or functionality. Our cleaning machines and our testing equipment are the product of many years of research and development and are tailored to the specific requirements of remanufacturing complex medical devices.

Our catheters are subjected to more than 20 individual tests. These include:


Patented cleaning process

Potential residue is flushed from the lumen using a specially-developed cleaning system. Cleaning media that flow through the lumen are subject to continuos volumetric monitoring.


Visual inspection

We inspect the device at up to 40x magnification, checking for any changes in its curvature shape or damage along the full length of the catheter from the electrical connection to the tip.


Mechanical function test

We test the performance of each component. In the case of force-sensing catheters, our processes ensure full functionality.


Vanguard Product Verification (VPV)

Using specialised Vanguard technology, the electrical functionality of the device is evaluated, from its temperature sensors to its electrical parameters.


Microbiological testing

To confirm the effectiveness of the cleaning process, each catheter is checked for possible protein residues in our L2-hygiene Vanguard laboratory using the modified OPA method (in accordance with ISO 15883).