Chest drains also referred to as chest tubes, provide a method of removing air & fluid substances from the pleural space. The idea is to create a one-way mechanism that will let air/fluid out of the pleural space and prevent outside air/fluid from entering into the pleural space. This is accomplished by the use of an underwater seal. The distal end of the drainage tube is submerged in 2cm of H2O.
Thoraguard is a next-generation digital drainage system designed to protect patients and improve the accuracy of post-operative clinical decision-making. In cardiac surgery, Thoraguard is the first and only automated clog clearance system, clearing chest tubes every five minutes with no clinician interaction required.
It digitally measures and displays hourly drainage volume and trends with an intuitive user interface. In thoracic surgery, Thoraguard digitally measures and displays the air leak rate and 24-hour trends in a compact, self-contained system requiring no external suction connection.
Having information that is more precise than current analog drainage methods enhances clinical decision-making, which can result in early patient ambulation and discharge. The system includes a digital monitor, collection canister, and chest tubes for use throughout the hospital, and actively monitors itself, alerting the care team to any anomaly or disruption.