Aspira Pleural Drainage System, by Bard, is an easy-to-use, tunneled, long-term catheter system used to drain accumulated fluid from the pleural cavity to relieve symptoms associated with malignant pleural effusion and other recurrent pleural effusions. The catheter is easy to insert and the system is simple to use, while providing a compassionate treatment option for patients. When compared with thoracentesis and paracentesis, the Aspira Drainage System may allow patients to drain fluid and manage their symptoms without repeated trips to the hospital.
Aspira Pleural Drainage System features a stylet with Hydro-Glide coating designed to decrease leakage during insertion and help to stiffen the catheter to facilitate insertion. The Pleural Drainage System is less bulky than other currently marketed home drainage products, with a 1-liter drainage bag that requires much less room to store. The low vacuum siphon activating pump makes it simple to initiate drainage and does not lose vacuum, while the repairable catheter valve enables a patient with a damaged valve or catheter to retain the catheter and have it repaired rather than removed or replaced.