The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted approval to Actuated Medical's TubeClear system that clears patient feeding and decompression tubes.
The CE-marked TubeClear system, which comprises of reusable control boxes and single-use clearing stems, utilizes the company’s proprietary mechanical motion technology to clear clogs in nasogastric (NG) tubes.
The company said by clearing NG tubes the disruptions in feeding and medication delivery is reduced and allows clinicians to maintain their focus on improving patient care.
Actuated Medical president Maureen Mulvihill said clogging problem is occurring in approximately 25% of feeding and decompression tubes.
"Our TubeClear system has proven to be both fast and consistently effective," Mulvihill added.
"It allows caregivers to quickly reinstate feeding and medication regimens without removing and replacing tubes.
"In this new era of healthcare cost containment, it will certainly help organizations save significant time and money."