Tubes get clogged. It’s as simple as that. When they do, it can cause disruptions in feeding and medication delivery as well as distract clinicians from their primary duties. The TubeClear System, which uses a mechanical method to clear clogged feeding tubes, is comprised of a reusable Control Box paired with single-use Clearing Stems. It uses proprietary mechanical motion that clears the clog while the Tube remains in the patient.
For NE and NG Tubes
Inserted into the GI tract through the patient’s nose, Nasoenteral (NE) and Nasogastric (NG) tubes allow food or medication to be administered, or gases to be released. The TubeClear Clearing Stem is inserted into the Tube as shown in the animation below. A Collar on the Clearing Stem limits the insertion depth to ensure it stays within the Tube.
Using the proprietary mechanical motion shown in the animation below, the tip of TubeClear Clearing Stem unclogs the obstruction without the need to remove and reinsert the Tube.
For G and J Tubes
Used for longer-term feeding, medication delivery, and/or decompression, Gastrostomy and Jejunostomy (G and J) tubes also become obstructed over time. This can leave patients without food or medication for hours or days if the clog is not cleared. For G and J tubes, the system works similarly to the NE and NG version described above. The TubeClear Clearing Stem is inserted into the G or J tube and the motion of the tip clears the clog while the Tube remains in place.
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Using the TubeClear System to Unclog a Nasoenteral (NE) Tube