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A Clear Choice for Extended Care

Reduces Need for Transportation

Supports Enteral Therapy

Restore and maintain feeding tube patency without a trip to the emergency department.

See how using the TubeClear system to keep feeding tubes clear improves quality, reduces costs and improves safety.

Works at the Patient's Bedside

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Improves Quality

Keeps feeding tubes clear. No need to transport to the hospital for declogging or replacement.

Keeping feeding tubes clear allows medication, nutrition, and hydration to be delivered as scheduled.

Patient stays comfortably in their own bed while the TubeClear System removes buildup inside the feeding tube.[4]

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Reduces Costs

Saves the cost of transportation to and from the hospital for feeding tube declogging or replacement.

Ensures expensive medications are delivered to the patient, rather than getting stuck in the sludge buildup along the inside walls of the feeding tube.

Keeping the patient in their own bed removes any costs associated with:

  • Transportation
  • Tube replacement
  • Loss of clinician time
  • Empty LTC bed
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Improves Safety

No transportation for a clogged feeding tube means no additional risk of infection or other risks associated with moving the patient.[5]

Bench testing demonstrated no damage to feeding tubes or tissue.[6] Alternative solutions, such as sodas, juices, and enzymes may damage the feeding tube surface.[7]

Replacing feeding tubes incurs risk of misplacement, which may cause injury or even death.[8-11] Clogged tubes cause antibiotic medication non-adherence, increasing risk of infection.

 

For full indications, contraindications, cautions and warnings, please read the Operator’s Manual.

References:

  1. Actuated Medical, Inc.
  2. Escuro, A., Burns, B. L., McLaughlin, K., Lopez, R., Cresci, G. DECLOG Study: Dietitians’ Evaluation of Clearing Luminal Occlusions of Gunk. ASPEN 2018- Nutrition Science & Practice Conference, Rapid Fire Research Presentations. Presentation #2829061.
  3. Giantsou, E. and Gunning, K. J. Blindly inserted nasogastric feeding tubes and thoracic complications in intensive care. Health, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Trust, England, UK. 2010. v. 2, n. 10, p. 1135-1141.
  4. Actuated Medical, Inc. Internal Test Report 1100791569-002.
  5. Farrington, M, Bruene, D., and Wagner, M. Pain Management Prior to Nasogastric Tube Placement: Atomized Lidocaine. ORLHead and Neck Nursing. 2015. Winter; 33(1): 8-16.
  6. Actuated Medical, Inc. Internal Test Report TR-4010-026.
  7. Rucart, P.A., Boyer-Grand, A., Santou-Miranda, V., and Chopineau, J. Influence of Unclogging Agents on the Surface State of Enteral Feeding Tubes. Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. 2011. 35(2):255-263.
  8. Stayner, J.L., Bhatnagar, A., McGinn, A.N, and Fang, J.C.  Feeding tube placement: errors and complications. Nutr Clin Pract. 2012. Dec; 27(6):738-48.
  9. Beyer, P.L. Complications of enteral nutrition. In: Matarese, L.E., Gotttschlich, M.M. (eds). Contemporary Nutrition Support Practice: A Clinical Guide. 2nd ed. Philadelphia, PA: WB Saunders; 1998: 216-226.
  10. Stewart, M. L. Interruptions in enteral nutrition delivery in critically ill patients and recommendations for clinical practice. Crit Care Nurse. 2014. Aug; 34(4):14-21, quiz 22.
  11. Smith, A.L., Santa Ana, C.A., Fordtran, J.S., Guileyardo, J.M. Deaths associated with insertion of nasogastric tubes for enteral nutrition in the medical intensive care unit: Clinical and autopsy findings. Baylor University Medical Center Proceedings. 2018. 31(3):310-316.
  12. Ambulance Icon made by Iconnice from www.flaticon.com.  Syringe and Hospital Bed Icons made by Freepik from www.flaticon.com.
  13. Barkmeier JM, Trerotola SO, Wiebke EA, Sherman S, Harris VJ, Snidow JJ, Johnson MS, Rogers WJ, Zhou XH. Percutaneous radiologic, surgical endoscopic, and percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy/gastrojejunostomy: comparative study and cost analysis. Cardiovasc Intervent Radiol. 1998 Jul-Aug;21(4):324-8. doi: 10.1007/s002709900269. PMID: 9688801.

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Read the entire TubeClear Operator’s Manual before using the system. Disregarding the cautions and instructions presented in the TubeClear Operator’s Manual constitutes ABNORMAL USE.

TubeClear is intended for use by Licensed or Certified Healthcare Practitioners.

TubeClear is indicated for use ONLY and SOLELY in clearing occlusions / clogs in Feeding and Decompression Tubes in adult patients that have a tube of size 6 to 18 Fr. For full indications, refer to the Operator’s Manual.