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Mar-Med’s Balloon Extractor 2.0 Vs. The “Industry Leading” Nasal Extractor

This is Jerry Marogil here with Mar-Med and as you know we recently improved our Balloon Extractor nasal foreign body removal device. In this video I want to show you directly how our device here in red and blue compares against the more costly competitor here in white. So to dive right in, I think the most important feature of this device is probably the size and feel of the catheter tip, where the balloon is adhered to the catheter.

Our new Balloon Extractor tip is about the same size as the competitor, as measured by our calipers and what’s called the “French Catheter Scale”. As you can see, both fit nicely within the 7 french hole (which has a 2.3mm diameter), but its a little bit tougher to get into the 6 french hole which measures about 2.0mm. Now the competitor also includes these two recessed areas on the catheter tip, maybe to reduce the total width created by the string that ties the balloon in place. But in practice, it feels no smoother than the Balloon Extractor, which we carefully hand tie kinda like you would a fly fishing lure.

To confirm, I’m going the extra mile here and I’m going to stick them both into my own nose […] I can tell you they both kinda tickle but no rough edges or unexpected discomfort with either.

Another critical aspect of the device is the balloon itself. As you can see the balloons on each product are about the same size, at about 1cm diameter. And both feel similar and adhered strongly to the catheter to withstand the kind of force needed to dislodge a foreign body.

The remaining features are probably not as critical, but our new colors should make sure there is no confusion about which device you are using. Their catheter and hub is now a single piece, which keeps the shaft from kinking in the package. Our catheter is glued to the hub, but the new hub has a nice shape to ensure this plastic cover keeps it protected in the package.

The syringes are also slightly different. Our syringe is designed for 1.5ml of inflation with this backstop here, while theirs is designed for 1ml of inflation. Theirs also has this gripping feature which we did not seek to replicate, because frankly no one has yet told me that it’s very useful.

Hopefully this video gives you a good idea of how these devices are put together and the very minor differences between them. In conclusion I think it should be obvious to viewers that our device is very similar to the competitor with the exception of cost, where we can save you about 30%. Thanks very much for your interest.

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