All About Thoraguard – Digital Drainage System

Thoraguard is a next-generation digital drainage system designed to protect patients and improve the accuracy of post-operative clinical decision-making. In cardiac surgery, thoraguard is the first and only automated clog clearance system, clearing chest tubes every five minutes with no clinician interaction required.

Thoraguard is a transformative digital drainage system used for cardiothoracic surgery. It digitally measures and displays hourly drainage volume and trends with an intuitive user interface. This is the first and only automated clog clearance system that systematically clears proprietary chest tubes with no human manipulation needed. It actively monitors the system and alerts the care team in the event of an abnormal event, such as excess/rapid drainage, line kinks/ disconnection, or other system disruption.

In thoracic surgery, thoraguard digitally measures and displays the air leak rate and 24-hour trends in a compact, self-contained system requiring no external suction connection. Having information that is more precise than current analog drainage methods enhances clinical decision-making, which can result in early patient ambulation and discharge.

The system includes a digital monitor, collection canister, and chest tubes for use throughout the hospital, and actively monitors itself, alerting the care team to any anomaly or disruption. The study has shown that the thoraguard chest tube system is a viable option for surgical chest drainage and effective when used in routine cardiac surgery operations.