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PleurX™ drainage system

Equip your patients to manage effusions and ascites at home

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Overview
The PleurX™ system helps patients manage recurrent pleural effusions and malignant ascites at home.

The system includes an indwelling catheter and vacuum bottles that allow patients to drain fluid quickly, effectively and safely. We also provide support for patient education and training.

PleurX® Catheter System

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Features and Benefits
Active vacuum technology
The active vacuum technology lets patients drain quickly and comfortably without the need for gravity.
Proprietary safety valve
The catheter valve keeps air or fluid from inadvertently passing through the catheter.
Polyester cuff
The polyester cuff on the catheter promotes tissue ingrowth, helping reduce risk of infection and hold the catheter in place.
New indication
The PleurX catheter can be used in place of a chest tube to deliver talc or bleomycin for chemical pleurodesis procedures.
How to drain at home

Learn how to drain fluid using the PleurX system in the comfort of your own home.

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What is PleurX?

 

PleurX enables home management of pleural effusions or malignant ascites

The Pleur system provides immediate relief to patients with recurrent pleural effusions or malignant ascites, allowing them to drain fluid quickly, effectively and safely at home.

    How it works

    The physician places the PleurX catheter in the patient, which can be done as an outpatient procedure. The end of the catheter stays outside of the body, but hidden under an adhesive dressing. When the patient is ready for drainage, he or she simply connects the end of the catheter to the line connected to a PleurX drainage bottle, in accordance with the directions for use.

    The physician or nurse provides materials to help patients learn how to drain fluid. Home drainage supplies are easy to order and typically reimbursed by Medicare and most other insurance plans.*

    Proven

    Used by more than 300,000 patients since 1997, this easy to use therapy provides rapid relief, allowing patients to spend more time in the comfort of their home.

    PleurX allows patients to drain fluid without draining unnecessary time, costs and energy.

    * Reimbursement is based on the details pertinent to each situation and may be subject to change. Contact your billing professional for more information

    Overview

    How to drain at home with the PleurX™ system

     Properly drain fluid from pleural effusions or malignant ascites

    PleurX™ Bottle Opener

    New PleurX™ Bottle Opener

    The PleurX™ Catheter System Bottle now features a bottle opener that may be used to enlarge the hole in the foil seal to make it easier to dispose of the fluid. To support clinicians and patients with the transition to the new bottle, our most popular resources are available for both the new bottle and the existing bottle, which will be phased out in early 2020.

    The PleurX™ drainage system conveniently lets you drain your fluid buildup at home. Using a small catheter and drainage bottles, you can typically complete drainage in approximately five to 15 minutes.

    Resources

     


    PleurX drainage instructional charts

    • PleurX™ Catheter System drainage instructional chart for new bottle opener - English
    • PleurX™ Catheter System drainage instructional chart - English | Spanish


    PleurX Patient Resources

    View our resources for patients.

    Risks of the PleurX drainage system

    Chest: Potential complications of draining the pleural space include, but may not be limited to, pneumothorax, re-expansion pulmonary edema, hypotension, circulatory collapse and infection. Do not drain more than 1,000 mL of fluid from your chest at any one time.

    Abdomen: Potential complications of draining fluid from the abdomen include, but may not be limited to, hypotension, circulatory collapse, electrolyte imbalance, protein depletion, ascites leakage, peritonitis, wound infection and loculations of the peritoneal space. Do not drain more than 2,000 mL of fluid from your abdomen at any one time.

    Products & Accessories
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      PleurX pleural catheter and starter kit with four 1,000 mL bottles

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      PleurX procedure pack

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      PleurX drainage kit with 1,000 mL vacuum bottle

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      PleurX drainage kit with 500 mL vacuum bottle

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      PleurX replacement valve cap

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      PleurX catheter access kit

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      PleurX supplemental insertion kit

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      PleurX starter kit with four 1,000 mL drainage kits

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      PleurX lockable drainage line

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      PleurX lockable drainage line kit

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      PleurX starter kit with four 500 mL drainage kits

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      PleurX pleural catheter kit

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