WEBINAR REPLAY: "Chest Tube Management in Cardiac Surgery" | ERAS Cardiac Society Webinar in collaboration with CTSNet

Key speakers Marc Gillinov, MD, Jurij M. Kalisnik, MD, and Lenard Conradi, MD discuss the clinical implications of retained blood, current strategies in chest tube management, and the benefits of posterior pericardiotomy.
Webinar moderated by Kevin Lobdell, MD, and Marc Gerdisch, MD.



Heart surgery complications reduced – ClearFlow receives positive clinical trial results

PR_iconWashington, DC.—October 10, 2014—ClearFlow Inc., a medical device company based in Anaheim, CA, today announced positive results from the Prevention of Retained Blood Outcomes Using Active Clearance Technology trial, (PRO-ACT), a clinical study evaluating the use of PleuraFlow® Active Clearance TechnologySystem to prevent retained blood complications. The PleuraFlow System enables caregivers to actively keep chest drainage tubes clear of clot in the early hours after heart surgery.


The PRO-ACT studied the efficacy of a protocol for actively clearing chest tubes of clotted blood to prevent retained blood complications. “Chest tube clogging is known to occur in over one-third of heart surgery patients in the early hours after heart surgery, and nearly one in five can have some form of retained blood complication that includes the need to perform subsequent invasive reinterventions to remove undrained blood or clot from inside the chest after heart surgery,” said Ed Boyle, MD, the founder and chairman of ClearFlow. The primary outcome of this study was a reduction of interventions for retained blood complications after heart surgery and prior to discharge. The study results were presented at the Cardiovascular-Thoracic (CVT) Critical Care 2014 annual meeting, organized by the Foundation for the Advancement of CardioThoracic Surgical Care (FACTS-Care) in Washington, DC.


The PRO-ACT results were presented by study Principal Investigator, Dr. Theodor Fischlein, of Klinikum Nürnberg Heart Center. The results showed a statistically significant reduction of interventions for retained blood complications by 42% in the treatment group.  In addition, the trial revealed a statistically significant reduction of postoperative atrial fibrillation (POAF). Patients treated with PleuraFlow System also had a statistically significant reduction in bleeding, suggesting that the Active Clearance Technology may help reduce the amount of bleeding after heart surgery.


“We are very pleased to have completed the first trial of its kind in this field that shows an immediate and significant reduction in the need for interventions for retained blood complications, as well as other common complications in patients recovering from heart surgery,” commented Prof. Dr. Fischlein. “We are always striving for ways to improve outcomes and this appears to be a promising technology that may achieve that goal.”


“Building on prior published studies showing that active clearance is superior to the currently used methods to remove shed blood from around the heart and lungs after heart surgery, this study shows a clear clinical benefit for patients that can also translate to a significant economic value for hospitals and payers,” commented Paul Molloy, President & CEO of ClearFlow. “Most hospitals are shouldering the burden of extensive cost increases due to lack of consistent protocols regarding blood evacuation post-cardiac surgery and the unacceptable failure with current available drains,” added Molloy. “We now have data from multiple sources that show approximately 20% of cardiac surgery patients require additional interventional procedures, longer ICU and hospital stays, hospital re-admissions, and sometimes even death due to the complications caused by inadequate drainage.”  Molloy continued, “Procedures to remove retained blood are the most common invasive reinterventions after heart surgery and atrial fibrillation is the most common complication after heart surgery.  PleuraFlow is the only medical device on the market that significantly lowers both these common and expensive preventable hospital complications.”


The company is currently raising capital for further clinical expansion to serve heart surgery patients worldwide, as well as to build its pipeline of products for other surgical fields. The PleuraFlow System with Active Clearance Technology is approved for use in the U.S., Europe, Australia, Brazil, and Canada, and has either cleared or pending clearance in nearly a dozen additional countries.
About ClearFlow, Inc.

ClearFlow, Inc. is an Anaheim, CA based medical device company developing proprietary active blood and fluid evacuation systems to speed recovery, reduce complications and lower healthcare costs in patients recovering from surgery. The company has been awarded several prestigious awards, including the European Association of Cardiothoracic Surgeons (EACTS) Techno-College Innovation Award for worldwide innovation that has the potential to change the standard of care in heart and lung surgery and the Innovations in Cardiovascular Interventions Award (ICI) for Best Start-up Innovation. ClearFlow™ – Flow Better.  The company is currently enrolling programs in its ACT Registry for further studies.


PleuraFlow and Active Clearance Technology are registered trademarks of ClearFlow, Inc..

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