Medical technologies guidance evaluates new, innovative medical devices and diagnostics. It looks at medical technologies that deliver treatment, like those implanted during surgical procedures, give greater independence to patients or detect or monitor medical conditions.
Medical technologies guidance Thopaz+ portable digital system for managing chest drains covers evidence-based recommendations on Thopaz+ for managing chest drains. The case for adopting Thopaz+ for managing chest drains is supported by the evidence. Thopaz+ can reduce drainage time and length of stay in the hospital, and improves safety for people with chest drains. Its use may also improve clinical decision-making through continuous, objective monitoring of air leaks and fluid loss. Thopaz+ should be considered for people who need chest drainage after pulmonary resection or because of a pneumothorax. The system can increase patient mobility because it is portable. Staff finds it more convenient and easier to use than conventional chest drains.
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