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NovaShield Injectable Nasal Packing and Nasal Stent

NovaShield Injectable Nasal Packing and Nasal Stent is a ready-to-use gel for FESS (functional endoscopic sinus surgery). Made from chitosan, it helps to control minimal bleeding, prevent adhesions, and provide a level of antibacterial effectiveness.*

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NovaShield Nasal Packing

NovaShield: Advanced Nasal Packing

Homogenized NovaShield gel

Homogenized NovaShield gel

NovaShield™ Injectable Nasal Packing and Nasal Stent is a ready-to-use gel for FESS, made from chitosan. It's pre-filled in a syringe with accordion cannula and flexible tip.

  • Controls minimal bleeding and oozing of the debrided mucosal surfaces via the tamponade effect and platelet aggregation, which helps aid hemostasis
  • Provides a level of antibacterial effectiveness as shown by in vitro testing*
Flexible accordion cannula tip 1

Flexible accordion cannula tip

  • Separates tissue and prevents adhesions by providing stenting of nasal structures, like turbinates, and serves as a space-occupying packing in post nasal and sinus surgery
  • Forms an antibacterial barrier when applied to the wound site

Convenient and Easy to Use

  • Ready to use after homogenization
  • Accordion cannula that assists with placement
  • Eliminated via hydrolysis or gentle irrigation in 7-14 days

Clinical Benefits of Chitosan

  • Resulted in rapid hemostasis immediately after FESS and fewer postoperative adhesions1,2
  • Promoted hemostasis in the setting of coagulopathy, independently of the availability of clotting factors and⁄or functional platelets3
  • Rapidly controlled intractable epistaxis that failed standard anterior–posterior packing, with a 95% success rate, including patients taking antiplatelet or anticoagulant medications4

Chitosan is a polymer chemical produced from chitin, a component of the hard external shell of shellfish (e.g., crab, lobster, and shrimp). Its hemostatic properties have been extensively studied in both civilian and military clinical settings.5-12

More Nasal Packing Products

We also offer bioresorbable MeroGel®, MeroGel Injectable, and MeroPak® products made from hyaluronic acid.

See our ENT Product Catalog for more nasal packing and FESS products, including traditional nasal packing.

*In vitro efficacy is not correlated to the clinical effectiveness.



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Chitosan as a Biomaterial