Adjunctive Hemostats

Ethicon provides the most comprehensive portfolio of adjunctive hemostats, delivering both clinical efficacy and economic efficiency. Each hemostasis agent is designed to address a range of intraoperative bleeding challenges.1-10

Comprehensive portfolio of adjunctive hemostats and hemostasis products from Ethicon

Real-world evidence study shows a comprehensive portfolio with a systematic approach to surgical adjunctive hemostat use delivers economic efficiencies1

Reduce Overall Spend

Partnering with Ethicon to leverage portfolio contract strategies saved $168K1.

Optimize Product Usage

Spend per hemostat unit trended downward 15% over the year by utilizing a more cost-effective solution.1

Deliver Surgeon Satisfaction

When asked about the success of both product conversion and implementation of the HOP program, surgeons and nurses were "Very Satisfied," based on a survey using a five-point Likert scale.1

Features and Benefits

Broad portfolio of adjunctive hemostats from Ethicon - SURGIFOAM - SURGICEL Family - SURGIFLO -  SURGICEL Powder - VISTASEAL - EVARREST

Most comprehensive portfolio

Ethicon has a broad portfolio of adjunctive hemostats, each designed to manage a range of bleeding challenges surgical teams may encounter. The breadth of the portfolio helps enable the right adjunctive hemostat to be used at the right time.1

Ethicon adjunctive hemostat portfolio - spend per hemostat decreased

Economic advantages

Ethicon’s comprehensive portfolio and systematic approach to bleeding management allow you to manage category growth in 3 ways—supplier standardization, product utilization, and product consolidation. Implementation of this approach helps control bleeding situations and delivers cost efficiencies.1

Ethicon commitment to hemostasis products with products like SURGICEL Powder Absorbable Hemostat and VISTASEAL

Legacy of innovation

Ethicon has been committed to adjunctive hemostats for more than 60 years, beginning with SURGICEL®.11 We continue to drive innovation in this space to provide surgical teams with relevant and clinically effective products like SURGICEL® Powder Absorbable Hemostat and VISTASEAL™ Fibrin Sealant (Human). 

Ethicon is a partner in professional education to drive a standardized approach to bleeding management

Partners in education

Ethicon is committed to working with your surgical teams to provide product education, in-service, and relevant Professional Education events to elevate knowledge in this space and drive a standardized approach to bleeding management.

Different Bleeding Situations Require Different Solutions

SURGICEL Family of Absorbable Hemostats to address continuous oozing bleeding

SURGICEL® Family of Absorbable Hemostats

Addresses various forms of continuous oozing bleeding that will not stop with compression or simple packing. This bleeding is more time-consuming than it is difficult.1 Choose the topical absorbable hemostat this is right for your needs.

SURGIFLO Hemostatic Matrix optimal for difficult-to-access bleeding

SURGIFLO® Hemostatic Matrix

Optimal for bleeding that occurs in tight and irregular spaces and when you cannot see the exact source of the bleed. Also addresses possible concerns that accessing a tight space will cause more harm.1

VISTASEAL Fibrin Sealant suitable for potential re-bleeding scenarios

VISTASEAL™ Fibrin Sealant (Human)

Suitable for potential re-bleeding scenarios, or when bleeding may be addressed intraoperatively but could later develop into more serious complications, especially in high-risk patients.1

EVARREST Fibrin Sealant Patch to address problematic bleeding

EVARREST® Fibrin Sealant Patch

Use to address problematic bleeding. Even though bleeding is accessible, it could be concerning and likely to be resistant to conventional means. This type of bleeding requires immediate attention, often causing disruption to the normal progression of surgery.1

All Adjunctive Hemostats Products

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References

*Compared to SURGICEL® Original Absorbable Hemostat. 

†Compared to 10 mL FLOSEAL Hemostatic Matrix.

1. Ferko N, Danker W, Gangoli G. A systematic approach to surgical hemostat use supports standardization and cost efficiencies. Healthcare Purchasing News. 2017;41(11):34-35. 

2. Notarnicola A, Moretti L, Martucci A, et al. Comparative efficacy of different doses of fibrin sealant to reduce bleeding after total knee arthroplasty. Blood Coagul Fibrinolysis. 2012;23(4):278-284. 

3. Molloy DO, Archbold HA, Ogonda L, McConway J, Wilson RK, Beverland DE. Comparison of topical fibrin spray and tranexamic acid on blood loss after total knee replacement: a prospective, randomised controlled trial. J Bone Joint Surg Br. 2007;89(3):306-309. 

4. Sabatini L, Trecci A, Imarisio D, Uslenghi MD, Bianco G, Scagnelli R. Fibrin tissue adhesive reduces postoperative blood loss in total knee arthroplasty. J Orthop Traumatol. 2012;13(3):145-151. 

5. Wang GJ, Hungerford DS, Savory CG, et al. Use of fibrin sealant to reduce bloody drainage and hemoglobin loss after total knee arthroplasty: a brief note on a randomized prospective trial. J Bone Joint Surg. 2001. 83(10):1503-1505. 

6. Randelli F, Banci L, Ragone V, Pavesi M, Randelli G. Effectiveness of fibrin sealant after cementless total hip replacement: a double-blind randomized controlled trial. Int J Immunopathol Pharmacol. 2013;26(1):189-197. 

7. Joseph T, Adeosun A, Paes T, Bahal V. Randomised controlled trial to evaluate the efficacy of TachoComb H patches in controlling PTFE suture–hole bleeding. Eur J Vasc Endovasc Surg. 2004;27(5):549–552. 

8. Pan HW, Zhong JX, Jing CX. Comparison of fibrin glue versus suture for conjunctival autografting in pterygium surgery: a meta-analysis. Ophthalmology. 2011;118(6):1049-1054. 

9. Dancey AL, Cheema M, Thomas SS (2010). A prospective randomized trial of the efficacy of marginal quilting sutures and fibrin sealant in reducing the incidence of seromas in the extended latissimus dorsi donor site. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2010;125(5):1309-1317. 

10. Ye X, Rupnow MF, Hammond J, Shah M, Farrelly E. Readmission rates and hospital costs associated with fibrin sealant use among patients undergoing orthopaedic surgery. J Orthopaedics. 2011;9(1):e5. 

11. SURGICEL® Technical Report. 2018. Ethicon, Inc. 

12. Ethicon Global Share Reporting Process. March 2019. Ethicon, Inc. 

13. MacDonald M. Pivotal study comparing performance of SURGICEL® Powder—Absorbable Hemostatic Powder to ARISTA™ Absorbable Hemostatic Particles and PerClot® Polysaccharide Hemostatic System in a swine acute live biopsy model. Study 15-0120, Project 16438. September 2, 2015. Ethicon, Inc. 

14. MacDonald M. Pivotal study comparing performance of SURGICEL® Powder—Absorbable Hemostatic Powder to SURGICEL® Original Absorbable Hemostat in a swine acute liver abrasion model. Study 15-0061, Project 16438. September 2, 2015. Ethicon, Inc. 

15. SURGIFLO® Hemostatic Matrix Kit, Instructions for Use (2994). Baxter Healthcare. 

16. FLOSEAL Hemostatic Matrix, Instructions for Use. Baxter Healthcare. 

17. Comparison of thrombin reconstitution time in SURGIFLO Hemostatic Matrix Kit vs. FLOSEAL Hemostatic Matrix. 11052017. Ethicon, Inc. 

18. Langkilde, S. Evaluation of the dose response curve for Hemostatic Efficacy of Surgiflo Next Generation mixed with Thrombin. 2013;Report NG-162. Ethicon, Inc. 

19. VISTASEAL™ Fibrin Sealant (Human). Full Prescribing Information. Instituto Grifols, S.A. 2019. 

20. Bjelovic M, Ayguasonosa J, Kim RD, et al. A prospective, randomized, phase III study to evaluate the efficacy and safety of fibrin sealant Grifols as an adjunct to hemostasis as compared to cellulose sheets in hepatic surgery resections. J Gastrointest Surg. 2018;22(11):1939-1949.

SURGICEL® Powder Absorbable Hemostat Essential Product Information

INDICATIONS

SURGICEL® Powder (oxidized regenerated cellulose) s used adjunctively in surgical procedures to assist in the control of capillary, venous, and small arterial hemorrhage when ligation or other conventional methods of control are impractical or ineffective. SURGICEL® Powder can also be applied in laparoscopic or other endoscopic procedures when used with the SURGICEL™ Endoscopic Applicator. 

The SURGICEL™ Endoscopic Applicator is intended for use in delivering SURGICEL® Powder absorbable hemostat to bleeding surgical sites through a 5 mm or larger trocar.

CONTRAINDICATIONS

• Do not inject or place SURGICEL® Powder into an open blood vessel. Do not use to treat bleeding from large defects in arteries or veins.

• SURGICEL® Powder should not be used to control hemorrhage from large arteries or veins.

• The SURGICEL® Powder and the SURGICEL™ Endoscopic Applicator devices were not designed for intraluminal procedures.

• When SURGICEL® Powder is used to help achieve hemostasis in, around, or in proximity to foramina in bone, areas of bony confine, the spinal cord, or the optic nerve and chiasm, it must always be removed after hemostasis is achieved since it will swell and could exert unwanted pressure.

• SURGICEL® Powder should not be used for implantation in bone defects, such as fractures, since there is a possibility of interference with callus formation and a theoretical chance of cyst formation.

WARNINGS

• SURGICEL® Powder is not intended for use on dry (non-bleeding) surfaces or for prevention of bleeding.

• Closing with SURGICEL® Powder in a contaminated wound without drainage may lead to complications and should be avoided.

• SURGICEL® Powder should not be impregnated with anti-infective agents or with other materials such as buffering or hemostatic substances. 

• SURGICEL® Powder is dry and there may be difficulties in precise delivery under certain circumstances. Unintentional device placement may result in powder scattering and device migration that may increase the risk of adhesion formation. In preclinical in vivo animal studies it was demonstrated that SURGICEL® Powder does not increase the incidence of remote adhesions in laparoscopic procedures.

• Although SURGICEL® Powder is bactericidal against a wide range of pathogenic microorganisms, it is not intended as a substitute for systemically administered therapeutic or prophylactic antimicrobial agents to control or to prevent postoperative infections.

• To prevent clogging with the SURGICEL™ Endoscopic Applicator Tip, do not touch the tip to wet surface. Be careful to avoid damaging tissue with the rigid tip.

• Do not attempt to trim the applicator tip. Replace the tip if it becomes clogged.

PRECAUTIONS

• SURGICEL® Powder should not be used in conjunction with autologous blood salvage circuits, because its fragments may pass through the transfusion filters of blood-scavenging systems.

• Use only as much SURGICEL® Powder (oxidized regenerated cellulose) as is necessary and apply only where needed for hemostasis. Remove any excess before surgical closure in order to facilitate absorption and to minimize the possibility of foreign body reaction.

• Use minimal amount of SURGICEL® Powder required to achieve hemostasis, and remove excess powder in the area of drains to prevent clogging.  In urological procedures, minimal amounts of SURGICEL® Powder should be used and care must be exercised to prevent plugging of the urethra, ureter, or a catheter by dislodged portions of the product.

• Since absorption of SURGICEL® Powder could be prevented in chemically cauterized areas, its use should not be preceded by application of silver nitrate or any other escharotic chemicals.

• If SURGICEL® Powder is used temporarily to line the cavity of open wounds, it should be removed by irrigation with sterile water or saline solution after bleeding has stopped.

• Precautions should be taken in otorhinolaryngologic surgery to ensure that none of the material is aspirated by the patient (e.g., controlling hemorrhage after tonsillectomy and controlling epistaxis).

• The applicator tip provided on the SURGICEL® Powder device is not intended for laparoscopic or other endoscopic use. If laparoscopic or other endoscopic use is desired, remove the existing applicator tip from the SURGICEL® Powder device, and replace with the SURGICEL™ Endoscopic Applicator tip (supplied separately). In laparoscopic or other endoscopic procedures, SURGICEL® Powder should only be applied using the SURGICEL™ Endoscopic Applicator. Consult the SURGICEL™ Endoscopic Applicator Instructions for Use (IFU) for proper assembly and directions for use with the SURGICEL® Powder device.

• The SURGICEL Endoscopic Applicator is supplied with a flexible inner tip inside a rigid cannula. The rigid cannula cannot be used independently.

• The SURGICEL Endoscopic Applicator should only be used by persons having adequate training and familiarity with endoscopic techniques.  Consult medical literature relative to techniques, complications, and hazards prior to performance of any endoscopic procedure.
 
• To prevent inadvertent device spillage, or unintended contact with tissue, organs, or blood, maintain visualization of the SURGICEL™ Endoscopic Applicator tip at all times.

• Do not compress or excessively bend the flexible inner tip of the SURGICEL Endoscopic Applicator which could obstruct the application of the powder.  It is possible that the powder accumulated in the applicator could disperse beyond the target bleeding site upon compression of the bellows, which may require additional irrigation and aspiration.

ADVERSE EVENTS 

• Paralysis and nerve damage have been reported when other SURGICEL® products were used around, in, or in proximity to foramina in bone, areas of bony confine, the spinal cord, and/or the optic nerve and chiasm. 

• Blindness has been reported in connection with surgical repair of a lacerated left frontal lobe when other SURGICEL® products were placed in the anterior cranial fossa (see WARNINGS and PRECAUTIONS).

• Foreign body reactions have been reported with other products from the SURGICEL® Family of Absorbable Hemostats.

• Burning has been reported when other SURGICEL® products were applied after nasal polyp removal. Headache, burning, stinging, and sneezing in epistaxis and other rhinological procedures, and stinging when SURGICEL® product was applied on surface wounds (varicose ulcerations, dermabrasions, and donor sites) have also been reported.

• For more information and technical questions, call 1-800-795-0012.  For complete information including indications, contraindications, warnings, precautions, adverse reactions, and directions for use, consult the product package insert.

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SURGICEL Essential Product Information

INDICATIONS

SURGICEL® Absorbable Hemostat (oxidized regenerated cellulose) is used adjunctively in surgical procedures to assist in the control of capillary, venous, and small arterial hemorrhage when ligation or other conventional methods of control are impractical or ineffective. SURGICEL® ORIGINAL, SURGICEL® FIBRILLAR™, SURGICEL® NU-KNIT®, and SURGICEL® SNoW™ Absorbable Hemostats can be cut to size for use in endoscopic procedures.

PRECAUTIONS

Use only as much SURGICEL® Absorbable Hemostat as is necessary for hemostasis, holding it firmly in place until bleeding stops. Remove any excess before surgical closure in order to facilitate absorption and minimize the possibility of foreign body reaction, such as encapsulation of the product, which may mimic artifacts on radiographic images, resulting in diagnostic errors and possible reoperation.  

In urological procedures, minimal amounts of SURGICEL® Absorbable Hemostat should be used and care must be exercised to prevent plugging of the urethra, ureter, or a catheter by dislodged portions of the product. 

Since absorption of SURGICEL® Absorbable Hemostat could be prevented in chemically cauterized areas, its use should not be preceded by application of silver nitrate or any other escharotic chemicals.

If SURGICEL® Absorbable Hemostat is used temporarily to line the cavity of large open wounds, it should be placed so as not to overlap the skin edges. It should also be removed from open wounds by forceps or by irrigation with sterile water or saline solution after bleeding has stopped.

Precautions should be taken in otorhinolaryngologic surgery to assure that none of the material is aspirated by the patient.  (Examples: controlling hemorrhage after tonsillectomy and controlling epistaxis.)

Care should be taken not to apply SURGICEL® Absorbable Hemostat too tightly when it is used as a wrap during vascular surgery (see Adverse Reactions section of the complete product package insert).

ADVERSE EVENTS 

“Encapsulation” of fluid and foreign body reactions have been reported. 

There have been reports of stenotic effect when SURGICEL® Absorbable Hemostat has been applied as a wrap during vascular surgery. 

Paralysis and nerve damage have been reported when SURGICEL® Absorbable Hemostat was used around, in, or in proximity to foramina in bone, areas of bony confine, the spinal cord, and/or the optic nerve and chiasm. 

Blindness has been reported in connection with surgical repair of a lacerated left frontal lobe when SURGICEL® Absorbable Hemostat was placed in the anterior cranial fossa. 

Possible prolongation of drainage in cholecystectomies and difficulty passing urine per urethra after prostatectomy have been reported. 

For more information, please consult your doctor or for product quality and technical questions, call 1-800-795-0012.  For complete product information including indications, contraindications, warnings, precautions, and adverse reactions, please reference the individual product package inserts.  

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VISTASEAL™ Fibrin Sealant (Human) IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION 

INDICATION

VISTASEAL™ is indicated as an adjunct to hemostasis for mild to moderate bleeding in adults undergoing surgery when control of bleeding by standard surgical techniques (such as suture, ligature, and cautery) is ineffective or impractical.  VISTASEAL is effective in heparinized patients.

CONTRAINDICATIONS

Do not inject directly into the circulatory system. 

Do not use for the treatment of severe or brisk arterial bleeding.

Do not use in patients with history of anaphylaxis or severe systemic reactions to human blood products.

Do not use VISTASEAL for spraying unless the minimum recommended distance from the applicator tip to the bleeding site can be achieved. 

WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS 

Thromboembolic events may occur if VISTASEAL is administered intravascularly. 

Only spray VISTASEAL if it is possible to accurately judge the distance from the spray tip to the tissue surface. 

Hypersensitivity reactions can occur. 

May carry a risk of transmitting infectious agents, e.g., viruses, the variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) agent and, theoretically, the Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) agent. 

ADVERSE REACTIONS

The most common adverse reactions (reported in >1% of clinical trial subjects) were nausea and procedural pain. 

For complete indications, contraindications, warnings, precautions, and adverse reactions, please reference full package insert.

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SURGIFLO® Hemostatic Matrix Kit Essential Product Information (Made from Absorbable Gelatin Sponge, USP) with Thrombin

DESCRIPTION

SURGIFLO® with Thrombin (SURGIFLO® Hemostatic Matrix Kit) is intended for hemostatic use by applying to a bleeding surface.

ACTIONS

When used in appropriate amounts SURGIFLO® is absorbed completely within 4 to 6 weeks. 

INTENDED USE/INDICATIONS

SURGIFLO®, mixed with thrombin solution, is indicated in surgical procedures (other than ophthalmic) as an adjunct to hemostasis when control of bleeding by ligature or other conventional methods is ineffective or impractical.

CONTRAINDICATIONS

• Do not use SURGIFLO® in intravascular compartments because of the risk of embolization.

• Do not use SURGIFLO® in patients with known allergies to porcine gelatin.

• Do not use SURGIFLO® in closure of skin incisions because it may interfere with the healing of skin edges. This interference is due to mechanical interposition of gelatin and is not secondary to intrinsic interference with wound healing.

WARNINGS

• SURGIFLO® should not be used in the presence of infection and should be used with caution in contaminated areas of the body.

• SURGIFLO® should not be used in instances of pumping arterial hemorrhage. SURGIFLO® will not act as a tampon or plug in a bleeding site.

• SURGIFLO® should be removed from the site of application when used in, around, or in proximity to foramina in bone, areas of bony confine, the spinal cord, and/or the optic nerve and chiasm because it may swell resulting in nerve damage.

• Excess SURGIFLO® should be removed once hemostasis has been achieved.

• The safety and effectiveness of SURGIFLO® for use in ophthalmic procedures has not been established.

• SURGIFLO® should not be used for controlling post-partum intrauterine bleeding or menorrhagia.

• The safety and effectiveness of SURGIFLO® has not been established in children and pregnant women.

• The blue flexible applicator tip should not be trimmed to avoid exposing internal guidewire.

• The white straight applicator tip should be trimmed away from the surgical area. Cut a square angle to avoid creating a sharp tip. 

PRECAUTIONS

• Safe and effective use of SURGIFOAM® Sponge has been reported in a published neurologic retrospective study involving 1700 cases in Europe. Safe and effective use in neurosurgery has not been proven through randomized, controlled clinical studies in the United States.

• SURGIFLO® is supplied as a sterile product and cannot be resterilized. 

• SURGIFLO® should not be used for packing unless excess product that is not needed to maintain hemostasis is removed. SURGIFLO® may swell up to 20% upon contact with additional fluid.

• SURGIFLO® should not be used in conjunction with autologous blood salvage circuits. 

• SURGIFLO® should not be used in conjunction with methylmethacrylate adhesives. 

• In urological procedures, SURGIFLO® should not be left in the renal pelvis or ureters to eliminate the potential foci for calculus formation.

ADVERSE EVENTS

A total of 142 patients received SURGIFOAM® Sponge during a clinical trial comparing SURGIFOAM® Sponge to another absorbable gelatin sponge. In general, the following adverse events have been reported with the use of absorbable porcine gelatin-based hemostatic agents:

• Gelatin-based hemostatic agents may serve as a nidus for infection and abscess formation and have been reported to potentiate bacterial growth.

• Giant cell granulomas have been observed at implant sites when used in the brain.

• Compression of the brain and spinal cord resulting from the accumulation of sterile fluid have been observed.

• Multiple neurologic events were reported when absorbable gelatin-based hemostatic agents were used in laminectomy operations, including cauda equina syndrome, spinal stenosis, 
   meningitis, arachnoiditis, headaches, paresthesias, pain, bladder and bowel dysfunction, and impotence.

• The use of absorbable gelatin-based hemostatic agents during the repair of dural defects associated with laminectomy and craniotomy operations, has been associated with fever, infection, leg paresthesias, neck and back pain, bladder and bowel incontinence, cauda equina syndrome, neurogenic bladder, impotence, and paresis.

• The use of absorbable gelatin-based hemostatic agents has been associated with paralysis, due to device migration into foramina in the bone around the spinal cord, and blindness, due to device migration in the orbit of the eye, during lobectomy, laminectomy, and repair of a frontal skull fracture and lacerated lobe.

• Foreign body reactions, “encapsulation” of fluid, and hematoma have been observed at implant sites.

• Excessive fibrosis and prolonged fixation of a tendon have been reported when absorbable gelatin-based sponges were used in severed tendon repair.

• Toxic shock syndrome was reported in association with the use of absorbable gelatin-based hemostats in nasal surgery.

• Fever, failure of absorption, and hearing loss have been observed when absorbable hemostatic agents were used during tympanoplasty.

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SURGIFLO® Hemostatic Matrix Essential Product Information (Made from Absorbable Gelatin Sponge, USP) 

DESCRIPTION

SURGIFLO® Hemostatic Matrix is intended for hemostatic use by applying to a bleeding surface.

ACTIONS

When used in appropriate amounts SURGIFLO® Hemostatic Matrix is absorbed completely within 4 to 6 weeks. 

INTENDED USE/INDICATIONS

SURGIFLO® Hemostatic Matrix , mixed with with sterile saline  or thrombin solution, is indicated in surgical procedures (other than ophthalmic) as an adjunct to hemostasis when control of bleeding by ligature or other conventional methods is ineffective or impractical.

CONTRAINDICATIONS

• Do not use SURGIFLO® Hemostatic Matrix in intravascular compartments because of the risk of embolization.

• Do not use SURGIFLO® Hemostatic Matrix in patients with known allergies to porcine gelatin.

• Do not use SURGIFLO® Hemostatic Matrix in closure of skin incisions because it may interfere with the healing of skin edges. This interference is due to mechanical interposition of gelatin and is not secondary to intrinsic interference with wound healing.

WARNINGS

• SURGIFLO® Hemostatic Matrix should not be used in the presence of infection and should be used with caution in contaminated areas of the body

• SURGIFLO® Hemostatic Matrix should not be used in instances of pumping arterial hemorrhage. SURGIFLO® Hemostatic Matrix will not act as a tampon or plug in a bleeding site.

• SURGIFLO® Hemostatic Matrix should be removed from the site of application when used in, around, or in proximity to foramina in bone, areas of bony confine, the spinal cord, and/or the optic nerve and chiasm because it may swell resulting in nerve damage.

• Excess SURGIFLO® Hemostatic Matrix should be removed once hemostasis has been achieved.

• The safety and effectiveness of SURGIFLO® Hemostatic Matrix for use in ophthalmic procedures has not been established.

• SURGIFLO® Hemostatic Matrix should not be used for controlling post-partum intrauterine bleeding or menorrhagia.

• The safety and effectiveness of SURGIFLO® Hemostatic Matrix has not been established in children and pregnant women.

• The blue flexible applicator tip should not be trimmed to avoid exposing internal guidewire.

• The white straight applicator tip should be trimmed away from the surgical area. Cut a square angle to avoid creating a sharp tip. 

PRECAUTIONS

• Safe and effective use of SURGIFOAM® Sponge has been reported in a published neurologic retrospective study involving 1700 cases in Europe. Safe and effective use in neurosurgery has not been proven through randomized, controlled clinical studies in the United States.

• SURGIFLO® Hemostatic Matrix is supplied as a sterile product and cannot be resterilized. 

• SURGIFLO® Hemostatic Matrix should not be used for packing unless excess product that is not needed to maintain hemostasis is removed. SURGIFLO® Hemostatic Matrix may swell up to 20% upon contact with additional fluid.

• SURGIFLO® Hemostatic Matrix should not be used in conjunction with autologous blood salvage circuits. 

• SURGIFLO® Hemostatic Matrix should not be used in conjunction with methylmethacrylate adhesives. 

• In urological procedures, SURGIFLO® Hemostatic Matrix should not be left in the renal pelvis or ureters to eliminate the potential foci for calculus formation.

ADVERSE EVENTS

A total of 142 patients received SURGIFOAM® Sponge during a clinical trial comparing SURGIFOAM® Sponge to another absorbable gelatin sponge. In general, the following adverse events have been reported with the use of absorbable porcine gelatin-based hemostatic agents:

• Gelatin-based hemostatic agents may serve as a nidus for infection and abscess formation and have been reported to potentiate bacterial growth.

• Giant cell granulomas have been observed at implant sites when used in the brain.

• Compression of the brain and spinal cord resulting from the accumulation of sterile fluid have been observed.

• Multiple neurologic events were reported when absorbable gelatin-based hemostatic agents were used in laminectomy operations, including cauda equina syndrome, spinal stenosis, meningitis, arachnoiditis, headaches, paresthesias, pain, bladder and bowel dysfunction, and impotence.

• The use of absorbable gelatin-based hemostatic agents during the repair of dural defects associated with laminectomy and craniotomy operations, has been associated with fever, infection, leg paresthesias, neck and back pain, bladder and bowel incontinence, cauda equina syndrome, neurogenic bladder, impotence, and paresis.

• The use of absorbable gelatin-based hemostatic agents has been associated with paralysis, due to device migration into foramina in the bone around the spinal cord, and blindness, due to device migration in the orbit of the eye, during lobectomy, laminectomy, and repair of a frontal skull fracture and lacerated lobe.

• Foreign body reactions, “encapsulation” of fluid, and hematoma have been observed at implant sites.

• Excessive fibrosis and prolonged fixation of a tendon have been reported when absorbable gelatin-based sponges were used in severed tendon repair.

• Toxic shock syndrome was reported in association with the use of absorbable gelatin-based hemostats in nasal surgery.

• Fever, failure of absorption, and hearing loss have been observed when absorbable hemostatic agents were used during tympanoplasty.

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EVITHROM® Thrombin, Topical (Human) for Topical Use Only
Lyophilized Powder for Solution

EVITHROM® is a topical thrombin indicated as an aid to hemostasis whenever oozing blood and minor bleeding from capillaries and small venules is accessible and control of bleeding by standard surgical techniques (such as suture, ligature or cautery) is ineffective or impractical.

EVITHROM® may be used in conjunction with an Absorbable Gelatin Sponge, USP.

Important Safety Information

• For topical use only.

• Do not inject.

• Apply EVITHROM® on the surface of bleeding tissue only.

• The amount of EVITHROM® required depends upon the area of tissue to be treated and the method of application. In clinical studies, volumes up to 10 ml were used in conjunction with Absorbable Gelatin Sponge.

• Do not use for the treatment of severe or brisk arterial bleeding.

• Do not use in individuals known to have anaphylactic or severe systemic reaction to human blood products. Hypersensitivity reactions, including anaphylaxis, may occur.

• There is a potential risk of thrombosis if absorbed systemically.

• May carry a risk of transmitting infectious agents such as viruses and theoretically, the Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) agent, despite manufacturing steps designed to reduce the risk of viral transmission.

• The most common adverse reactions during clinical trial (reported in at least 2% of subjects treated with EVITHROM®) were prolonged activated partial thromboplastin time, increased INR, decreased lymphocyte count, prolonged prothrombin time and increased neutrophil count.

• None of the patients treated with EVITHROM developed antibodies to human thrombin or to human Factor V/Va. The clinical significance of these findings is unknown.

For complete indications, contraindications, warnings, precautions, and adverse reactions, please reference full package insert.

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SURGIFOAM® Essential Product Information

DESCRIPTION

SURGIFOAM® is a sterile, water-insoluble, malleable, porcine gelatin absorbable sponge or powder intended for hemostatic use by applying to a bleeding surface. 

ACTIONS

When used in appropriate amounts, SURGIFOAM® is absorbed completely within 4 to 6 weeks. When applied to bleeding mucosal regions, it liquefies within 2 to 5 days.

INTENDED USE/INDICATION

SURGIFOAM®, used dry or saturated with sterile sodium chloride solution, is indicated for surgical procedures (except ophthalmic) for hemostasis, when control of capillary, venous and arteriolar bleeding by pressure, ligature and other conventional procedures is ineffective or impractical. Although not necessary, SURGIFOAM® can be used with thrombin to achieve hemostasis

CONTRAINDICATIONS

• Do not use SURGIFOAM® in closure of skin incisions because it may interfere with the healing of skin edges. This interference is due to mechanical interposition of gelatin and is not secondary to intrinsic interference with wound healing.

• Do not use SURGIFOAM® in intravascular compartments because of the risk of embolization. Do not use SURGIFOAM® in patients with known allergies to porcine collagen

WARNINGS

• SURGIFOAM® should not be used in the presence of infection and should be used with caution in contaminated areas of the body

• SURGIFOAM® should not be used in instances of pumping arterial hemorrhage 

• SURGIFOAM® will not act as a tampon or plug in a bleeding site.

• SURGIFOAM® should be removed if possible once hemostasis has been achieved because of the possibility of dislodgment of the device or compression of other nearby anatomic structures.

• SURGIFOAM® should be removed from the site of application when used in, around, or in proximity to foramina in bone, areas of bony confine, the spinal cord, and/or the optic nerve and chiasm.

• The safety and effectiveness of SURGIFOAM® for use in ophthalmic procedures have not been established.

• SURGIFOAM® should not be used for controlling post-partum bleeding or menorrhagia.

• The safety and effectiveness of SURGIFOAM® have not been established in children and pregnant women.

PRECAUTIONS

• Safe and effective use of this product has been reported in a published neurologic retrospective study involving 1700 cases in Europe. Safe and effective use has not been proven through randomized, controlled clinical studies in the United States.

• SURGIFOAM® is supplied as a sterile product and cannot be resterilized. When placed into cavities or closed tissue spaces, care should be exercised to avoid overpacking. SURGIFOAM® Sponge may swell to its original size on absorbing fluids, creating the potential for nerve damage.

• SURGIFOAM® should not be used for packing a cavity unless excess product not needed to maintain hemostasis is removed.

• Once hemostasis is achieved, any excess SURGIFOAM® should be carefully removed.

• SURGIFOAM® should not be used in conjunction with autologous blood salvage circuits. 

• SURGIFOAM® should not be used in conjunction with methyl methacrylate adhesives. The safety and effectiveness for use in urological procedures have not been established through a randomized clinical study.

• In urological procedures, SURGIFOAM® should not be left in the renal pelvis or ureters to eliminate the potential foci for calculus formation.

ADVERSE EVENTS

A total of 142 patients received SURGIFOAM® Gelatin Sponge during a clinical trial comparing SURGIFOAM® Sponge to another absorbable gelatin sponge. In general, the following adverse events have been reported with the use of absorbable porcine gelatin-based hemostatic agents:

• Gelatin-based hemostatic agents may serve as a nidus for infection and abscess formation and have been reported to potentiate bacterial growth.

• Giant cell granulomas have been observed at implant sites when used in the brain.

• Compression of the brain and spinal cord resulting from the accumulation of sterile fluid has been observed.

• Multiple neurologic events were reported when absorbable gelatin-based hemostatic agents were used in laminectomy operations, including cauda equina syndrome, spinal stenosis, meningitis, arachnoiditis, headaches, paresthesias, pain, bladder and bowel dysfunction, and impotence.

• The use of absorbable gelatin-based hemostatic agents during the repair of dural defects associated with laminectomy and craniotomy operations has been associated with fever, infection, leg paresthesias, neck and back pain, bladder and bowel incontinence, cauda equina syndrome, neurogenic bladder, impotence and paresis.

• The use of absorbable gelatin-based hemostatic agents has been associated with paralysis, due to device migration into foramina in the bone around the spinal cord, and blindness, due to device migration in the orbit of the eye, during lobectomy, laminectomy and repair of a frontal skull fracture and lacerated lobe.

• Foreign body reactions, “encapsulation” of fluid, and hematoma have been observed at implant sites.

• Excessive fibrosis and prolonged fixation of a tendon have been reported when absorbable gelatin-based sponges were used in severed tendon repair.

• Toxic shock syndrome was reported in association with the use of absorbable gelatin-based hemostats in nasal surgery.

• Fever, failure of absorption, and hearing loss have been observed when absorbable hemostatic agents were used during tympanoplasty.

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EVARREST® Fibrin Sealant Patch

Important Safety Information

Indications and Usage

EVARREST® is a fibrin sealant patch indicated for use with manual compression as an adjunct to hemostasis in adult patients undergoing surgery, when control of bleeding by conventional surgical techniques (such as suture, ligature, and cautery) is ineffective or impractical. 

Limitations for Use

• Cannot be used in place of sutures or other forms of mechanical ligation in the treatment of major arterial or venous bleeding.

• Not for use in children under one month of age. 

• Laparoscopic and other minimally invasive surgeries where manual compression would be difficult to achieve.

Important Safety Information

For topical use only.  Apply immediate manual compression over the entire surface of the patch and maintain contact pressure for 3 minutes to control the bleeding.

Do not apply intravascularly. This can result in life threatening thromboembolic events.

Do not use to treat bleeding from large defects in arteries or veins where the injured vascular wall requires conventional surgical repair and maintenance of vessel patency or where there would be persistent exposure of EVARREST® to blood flow and/or pressure during absorption of the product. Thrombosis can occur if absorbed systemically.  

Do not use in individuals known to have anaphylactic or severe systemic reaction to human blood products. EVARREST® can cause hypersensitivity reactions including anaphylaxis.

Avoid application to contaminated areas of the body or in the presence of active infection. Infection can occur.

EVARREST contains oxidized regenerated cellulose which adheres to bleeding surfaces. Inadvertent adhesions can occur. 

Avoid use in, around, or in proximity to, foramina in bone or areas of bony confines where swelling may cause compression. 

Use the least number of patches required to cover the entire bleeding area. Portions of excess patch material can become dislodged and migrate to other areas of the body. 

Do not use more than eight 2x4 inch (5.1 x 10.2 cm) or more than four 4x4 inch (10.2 x 10.2 cm) patches. 

Use in patients who have been previously exposed to EVARREST® has not been studied.

May carry a risk of transmitting infectious agents, e.g., viruses, the variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) agent and, theoretically, the Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) agent. 

The adverse reactions reported during clinical trials occurred in less than 1% of all cases and included deep venous thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, blood fibrinogen increase, anastomotic hemorrhage, post procedural and intra-abdominal hemorrhage, abdominal distension, anemia, gastrointestinal hemorrhage, thoracic cavity drainage, pleural effusion, abdominal abscess, ascites, localized intra-abdominal fluid collection, cardiac failure, operative hemorrhage, and ischemic bowel.

Pediatrics: Safety and effectiveness in pediatric patients have not been established.  Use in children under the age of one month may be unsafe or ineffective due to small size and limited ability to apply the patch as recommended.

Please see package insert for EVARREST® Full Prescribing Information.

To report SUSPECTED ADVERSE REACTIONS, contact ETHICON Customer Support Center at 1-877-384-4266 or FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or www.fda.gov/medwatch.

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EVICEL® Fibrin Sealant (Human) IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

Indication

EVICEL® Fibrin Sealant (Human) is indicated as an adjunct to hemostasis for use in patients undergoing surgery, when control of bleeding by standard surgical techniques (such as suture, ligature, or cautery) is ineffective or impractical.

Contraindications
• Do not inject directly into the circulatory system. Intravascular application of EVICEL® may result in life-threatening thromboembolic events.

• Do not use in individuals known to have anaphylactic or severe systemic reaction to human blood products.

• Do not use for the treatment of severe or brisk arterial bleeding.

• Do not use EVICEL® for spraying in endoscopic or laparoscopic procedures where the minimum recommended distance from the applicator tip to the target site cannot be ensured.

Warnings and Precautions

• Life-threatening air or gas embolism has occurred with the use of spray devices employing a pressure regulator to administer EVICEL®. This event appears to be related to the use of the spray device at pressures higher than recommended and/or at distances closer than recommended to the surface of the tissue.

• Monitor changes in blood pressure, pulse, oxygen saturation, and end-tidal CO2 when spraying EVICEL® because of the possibility of gas embolism.

• To reduce the risk of potentially life-threatening gas embolism, spray EVICEL® using only pressurized CO2 gas at the pressures and distances recommended for the specific tips.

• Use EVICEL® spray application only if it is possible to accurately judge the spray distance, especially during endoscopic or laparoscopic procedures.

• Prior to applying EVICEL®, dry surface areas of the wound by standard techniques (e.g. intermittent application of compresses, swabs, use of suction devices). Prepare and administer EVICEL® according to the instructions and with only devices recommended for this product.

• May carry a risk of transmitting infectious agents, e.g. viruses, the variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) agent and theoretically, the Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) agent.

The most common adverse reactions reported in clinical trials are peripheral edema, abdominal abscess, infection, hematoma, incision site hemorrhage, vascular graft occlusion, postoperative wound complication and decreased hemoglobin.

For complete indications, contraindications, warnings, precautions, and adverse reactions, please reference full package insert.

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