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Cradles® Needle Localization Wire Protectors

The clear alternative to gauze and tape

Cradles are clear covers with self-adhesive edges that stabilize and protect the guidewire while the patient is waiting for surgery without hiding it from view.

With the localization wire visible at all times and no adhesion directly over the guidewire, Cradles eliminates the guesswork in surgery, reducing the potential for tugging the wire out of place when removing the wire cover in preparation for surgery.

  • Wire is visible at all times
  • Adheres and contours to skin
  • Secure stabilization of guide wire
  • Easy to apply and remove
  • Saves time over makeshift methods
Cradles applied to patient

Pinnacle® Needle-Loc Needle Protectors

The professional alternative to coffee cups and tape

Pinnacle helps protect against movement or accidental dislodgement when the physician requires the needle or cannula to remain in the breast after the needle localization procedure.

Sturdy construction and "just right" adhesive tabs help guard needle against accidental bumps and dislodgement. Peek-through window allows visibility of needle; intuitive design makes Pinnacle easy to apply and remove.

  • Keeps needle visible
  • Stays securely in place
  • Easily withstands accidental bumps
  • Easy to apply and remove
  • Saves time over makeshift methods
Pinnacle needle localization protecting against movement
makeshift wire protection: taped cup and taped gauze

Complications of Wire Migration after Localization for Lumpectomy

Wire guided localization has been the standard for indicating the location of breast lesions for surgical removal for decades.

It is a well-established safe, effective, and inexpensive procedure that can be performed with local anesthesia in either mammographic, magnetic resonance, or ultrasound imaging – wherever the lesion best images.

However, wire guided localization does have its disadvantages. Aside from coordinating scheduling on the day of the procedure between radiology and surgery, there is the fact that the wire is externally exposed.

Any movement of the guidewire can compromise the accuracy of the localization of the lesions to be surgically removed.

Makeshift methods of protecting the guidewire may do more harm than good

The exposed wire is at risk of being bent, broken, dislodged, or moved out of place while the patient is waiting for surgery.

To help stabilize the guidewire and prevent movement, imaging facilities have employed a variety of practices to protect and stabilize the guidewire.

Some facilities will leave the cannula in for additional support of the wire. In some instances, the protruding cannula may be protected by taping a cup to further protect it from accidental dislodgement - although in some cases, the very act of taping the cup down is the reason for needle dislodgement.

More commonly, facilities will cover the wire with gauze and tape it down on the patient's breast.

While this method is more esthetically pleasing for the patient and prevents movement of the guidewire prior to surgery, it has one major drawback – surgical staff needs to remove the gauze before surgery.

With no visibility of the wire through the gauze, surgical staff can unwittingly tug the wire while removing the dressing meant to protect it.

Instructions and Product Safety Resources

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Cradles Instructions for Use

Pinnacle Instructions for Use

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