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Experts agree: drainage should be functional as soon as the thorax is closed.
Yet many systems cannot guarantee fast and reliable application of drainage since they require a wall vacuum.

Excessive bleeding is a complication that can lead to serious post-operative events, including ARDS (Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome), sepsis, renal failure, and death. 2

The longer the delay in the re-exploration for bleeding and/or tamponade after cardiac surgery, the higher the mortality of patients. 3,4  Monitoring and data acquisition of drainage related parameters provide a solid objective basis when it comes to timely clinical decision making.

Optimize your chest drainage management for safe and early tube removal

ClotStop® Catheter

A prospective observational study shows that 36 % of chest tubes occlude after cardiac surgery. The unique ClotStop® coating helps minimize the risk of clots sticking to the surface and therefore the occlusion of the catheter.
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The silastic Tubing extensions provide extra flexibility

  • The extensions allow the current practice to be maintained
  • Easy handling: connect three catheters to one device
  • Extra length allows for more flexible pump placement

Digital Drainage System Thopaz+

reduces the delay of intervention and enhances accurate decision making by providing objective information for re-exploration and/or chest tube removal, improving communication between healthcare professionals and smart notifications and alarms mitigating the risk of error
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"ClotStop catheters are superior in the prevention of catheter occlusion in comparison to PVC drains."

Dr. Thomas Martens, Deputy head of clinic, Cardiac Surgery at the UZ Gent

"Overall, I would use the ClotStop® catheter on a routine basis and would recommend it to my colleagues. I also believe that the somewhat higher price is worth it, if it can prevent just one tamponade."

Professor Mahmoud LoubaniMBBCh, Dip Hlth Mgt, MMedEd, MD, FRCS, FRCSI, FRCS (CTh), FETCS, FAcadMEd, FFSTEd, SFHEA, Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon/Honorary Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

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1 Lopes CT et al. Eur J Cardiovasc Nurs. 2016;15(3):e70-7.
2 Christensen MC et al. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2009; 138:687-93.
3 Canádyová et al. Interact cardiovasc Thorac Surg 2012;14:704-8.
4 McGuire et al. Interact CardioVasc Thorac Surg 2015;21(4):403–7.