Cook Medical has introduced an ureteral access sheath to provide urologists with continued access to the kidney.

The FDA-approved Flexor Parallel Rapid Release ureteral access sheath, unlike the traditional ureteral access devices that require the use of two guidewires, features a single wire guide that functions as both a working wire and a safety wire.

The sheath also has a slit on the dilator that guides the wire outside of the sheath and when the dilator is withdrawn, the sheath and the wire guide remain parallel to each other, which leaves a clear working channel through the sheath, claims the company.

Physician can also choose to place the ureteral access sheath in the same fashion as a traditional Flexor sheath.

Cook Medical urology division global leader Jean-Marc Creissel said the Flexor Parallel presents an opportunity to use less product and save costs for hospitals.

"This product means hospitals can stock one sheath that serves two placement preferences," Creissel added.