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Improved Drainage with Active Chest Tube Clearance

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Akira Shiose, Tohru Takaseya, Hideyuki Fumoto, Yoko Arakawa, Tetsuya Horai, Edward M. Boyle, A. Marc
Gillinov and Kiyotaka Fukamachi. Interactive CardioVascular and Thoracic Surgery 2010; 10:685–688

A preclinical study performed in the laboratories of the Cleveland Clinic compared 32 Fr PleuraFlow® ACT
Systems to 32 Fr conventional chest tubes. In a head to head comparison with a same sized conventional chest
tube in the setting of heavy bleeding, the PleuraFlow evacuated significantly more blood from the chest, resulting in significantly less retained blood in the chest cavicty.