Mechanical feeding tube declogger is cleared in U.S.

Published date : 07 August 2012
Article date : 07 August 2012

Actuated Medical has received FDA clearance for the The TubeClear system in the U.S. The medical device unclogs feeding and decompression tubes without having to disconnect them from patients. 

Feeding tubes are renowned for clogging and and removing them from patients for cleaning can be uncomfortable for patients and may complicate matters for clinicians. The system uses single use clearing stems connected to a control box to access the blockage and mechanically remove it from the tube.

Actuated Medical describes the device as fast, effective and at least seven times faster than current approaches. It enables feeding and medication regimens to be quickly reinstated without removing and replacing tubes, saving on resources. 
In addition to the newly approved system for NG tubes, two new TubeClear control boxes as well as clearing tubes for Nasoenteric (nENT), Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastronomy (PEG) and Gastrostomy-Jejunostomy (GJ) tubes are currently pending 510(k) clearance with the FDA.
TubeClear is also CE Marked and is available throughout Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.
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