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Following thoracic surgery, a chest tube is inserted into the patient to drain excess fluids, debris, and gas. The PleuraFlow Active Tube Clearance System, developed by Xeridiem Medical Devices, Tucson, Ariz.; Clear Catheter Systems Inc., Bend, Ore.; and Carbon Design Group, Seattle, is designed to keep the drainage tube open without breaking the sterile field.
The device uses a magnetically driven guide wire with a loop at the end that can remove any tube obstructions or clogging and keep the tube clear during patient recovery. A standard chest tube is sutured in place; a guide tube and shuttle, which moves the wire inside the tube, are attached to the chest tube and a drainage canister...
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