CareFusion recently released three new products for managing of drainage of fluids in patients with ascites and pleural effusions.
With the PleurX drainage system, patients can evacuate liquids on their own, helping to avoid going through paracentesis and thoracentesis procedures. If the procedures are necessary, a smaller Thora-Para device is now available, offering easier access to built-up fluids and providing echolocation for the needle tip.
More from the announcement:
- Denver® shunt 15.5 Fr percutaneous access kit (PAK): Denver 15.5 Fr shunts are now available in a procedure tray containing updated components for percutaneous placement. The new procedure tray helps effectively manage refractory ascites patients.
- New 5 Fr Thora-Para device: A smaller version of CareFusion’s existing 8 Fr Thora-Para device, features an echo-enhanced needle, which improves visualization under ultrasound. The device offers an optimized tip taper and a new surface treatment, shown to minimize insertion force. The catheter offers large, spirally oriented drainage holes that facilitate fast flow rates, which may lead to decreased procedure time.
- PleurX® Catheter System: The PleurX catheter system is easy to use for managing recurrent pleural effusions and malignant ascites at home. A new supplemental catheter insertion kit will help reduce the amount of fluid leakage during catheter placement. The kit includes an orange stylet designed to occlude the openings in the catheter during placement, and a valved introducer that helps prevent air from entering and fluid from leaking.