ATS Medical Sales Sample Kit

ATS Medical Sales Sample Kit

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Description (Brief)
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.
Currently not on view
Object Name
artificial heart valve sales sample kit
date made
ca 1992
ATS Medical
place made
United States: Minnesota, Minneapolis
Physical Description
nylon (container material)
paper (business cards material)
metal (valve material)
plastic (valve material)
case: 8.5 cm x 29.7 cm x 19.5 cm; 3 11/32 in x 11 11/16 in x 7 11/16 in
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Manuel Villafaña
Artificial Organs
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Artificial Heart Valves
Health & Medicine
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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