Integra LifeSciences is introducing its new CSF drainage system that features a shutoff valve that activates when a preset amount of fluid enters the bag, increasing the safety of the patient as well as reducing the workload on nurses that otherwise have to manually monitor the level.
The LimiTorr(TM) Volume Limiting CSF Drainage System can be used for both lumbar and ventricular drainage. It includes a volume-limiting valve mechanism, which halts drainage when the pre-determined volume of 20 mL or 30 mL is met. This safety mechanism helps prevent CSF overdrainage, which can lead to subdural hematomas, brainstem herniation or death.
CSF drainage is an important component of managing the intracranial pressure of a neuro-compromised patient or a patient undergoing abdominal aortic aneurysm surgery. “This product increases patient safety, and reduces the stress of those caring for patients undergoing lumbar subarachnoid or cranial CSF drainage; it’s also safer than other devices I have used,” said Dr. McDermott.
Dr. McDermott had clinicians in mind, as well as patient safety, when he envisioned the LimiTorr(TM) system. “For patients, this device reduces the likelihood of CSF overdrainage. For nurses, the device helps reduce the anxiety associated with having to constantly monitor the drainage volume to prevent CSF overdrainage, and allows them to devote more time to other patient care issues.”