This black nylon salesman’s kit containing ATS artificial heart valves belonged to the donor Manuel “Manny” Villafaña. The items contained within the kit include: Villafaña’s business cards, a Hemashield® double velour vascular graft model manufactured by MeadoxMedicals Inc., a pivot design model, 3 demonstration valves one of which is a suture/sewing ring, 2 valve inserters (one aortic, one mitral), 2 standard and AP sizers, 3 tissue anulus plates, 2 plastic models of the bileaflet design, one extra end pieces for valve holders, and 2 metal tools called "Reusable Handles" which have flexible heads and screw into part of mitral/aortic holders for implantation during surgery.
Also included are three ATS Medical pamphlets, which include the CE Mark (Commission European) clinical results, ATS Medical Open Pivot™ Valve, and Scientific Presentations. At the time the pamphlets were printed (1995 -1996) ATS valves were not available in the United States.
ATS Medical was founded in 1992 by Manny Villafaña and acquired by Medtronic Inc. in April 2010.
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