Managing Complications following Thoracic Surgery
Minimize the Risk of Complications with the Redax Coaxial Dual-Action Fluted Drain
Incidences such as hemopneumothorax can occur during or after thoracic surgeries. Effectively draining air and blood from the chest is imperative to decompress the pleural space and restore lung function. An untreated hemopneumothorax can result in serious infections, cardiac arrest and respiratory failure.
The Coaxial fluted drain from Redax can minimize the risk of such complications by simultaneously evacuating air and fluid to restore the lung and surrounding organs to normal function. The fluted profile enables full-length drainage with four distinct channels while the inner lumen with distal perforations evacuates air that commonly accumulates in the superior pleura. The Coaxial’s unique design has proven to be more effective at fluid and air evacuation than traditional thoracic catheters.
In fact, a study conducted at the University of Eastern Piedmont in Novara, Italy concluded that the Redax Coaxial is superior to standard chest tubes in terms of fluid evacuation rate and patient post-operative comfort. On post-operative day 0, the fluid evacuation rate was 73% in the Coaxial, compared to 48% with standard chest tubes.2 After the chest tubes were removed, x-rays showed there was only a 5.7% pleural fluid retention rate when using the Coaxial, while standard chest tubes showed 20.2% pleural fluid retention.2
Similarly, the Department of Thoracic Surgery at Otto-Wagner Hospital found that the Coaxial is efficient in evacuating air through its inner lumen and its use is associated with lower incidence of subcutaneous emphysema and drain occlusion as compared to conventional drains. Moreover, the Coaxial was associated with shorter chest tube duration and therefore shorter hospitalization.3
The Coaxial’s dual-action design enhances fluid drainage surface area as much as ten times compared to the conventional drain while minimizing tissue invagination. This, in addition to a direct high-flow transition from the in-dwelling design to a single bore tube, increases flow to maintain patency, reducing the risk of thrombus formation in the most critical post-operative hours.
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