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PleurX Drainage Systems - 1000ml

Denver Pleurx Drainage Bottle PleurX Drainage System - 1000ml Denver Pleurx Replacement Valve Cap

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PleurX Drainage Kit helps patients take control of uncomfortable and painful symptoms from pleural effusions or malignant ascites. An alternative to repeating paracentesis and thoracentesis, it lets patients drain their own fluid at home rather than spending tiring hours in a hospital or clinic.

Why choose PleurX Drainage Kit?

  • Clinically proven self-drainage solution
  • It lets you drain fluid buildup in the comfort of home
  • Active vacuum technology promotes safe and effective drainage
  • Controls when and where to drain

What does Denver PleurX 1000cc Drainage Kit include?

Why use Pleurx Catheter Drainage Kit?

Doctors recommend the PleurX drainage system for:

  • Pleural effusions: fluid buildup around your lungs, which causes breathing difficulty. The PleurX catheter is inserted in the chest for draining pleural effusions.

  • Malignant ascites: fluid buildup in your abdomen, which causes abdominal pressure and discomfort. The PleurX catheter is inserted in the abdomen for draining malignant ascites.

How does the PleurX System work?

The PleurX system includes a drainage catheter and drainage bottles that collect fluid. The catheter is inserted, typically as a simple outpatient procedure, in the chest for draining pleural effusions or in the abdomen for malignant ascites. The end of the catheter stays outside of the body, hidden under a bandage when not in use. The protective dressing is virtually undetectable under clothing. To drain, just connect the end of the catheter to the drainage line on the bottle, following the PleurX drainage procedure directions for use, and the bottle will automatically draw out the fluid. PleurX drainage kit with 1000 ml vacuum bottle usually takes 5 to 15 minutes for complete drainage.

Features of PleurX Starter Kit 1000ml

  • Quick, effective drainage - without draining unnecessary time, costs, and energy
  • Provides rapid symptom relief
  • Low infection rates, less than 3%
  • PleurX catheter system offers a gentle alternative to a large, stiff chest tube to deliver talc or bleomycin for chemical pleurodesis procedures
  • Roller clamp provides easy control of drainage flow for optimal comfort
  • Dark barium stripe provides more visibility under radiography
  • Replacement valve cap protects the catheter from contamination and helps maintain a clean drainage pathway
  • Drainage line set promotes drainage and avoids plugging

Benefits of PleurX Drainage Kit

  1. Vacuum bottle: Features active vacuum technology that allows for quick and comfortable drainage without any need for gravity.
  2. Proprietary safety valve: Prevents inadvertent passage of fluid or air through the catheter. It also minimizes the risk of misconnection that might occur with a standard luer connection.
  3. Polyester cuff: Securely holds the catheter in place and promotes tissue ingrowth to reduce the risk of infection.
  4. 15.5 Fr silicone catheter: Soft and flexible catheter conforms to the pleural or peritoneal space and minimizes insertion-site discomfort.
  5. Beveled fenestrations: Smooth and large fenestrations with beveled edges help in promoting drainage and preventing occlusions.
Pleurx Vacuum Bottle With Drainage Line

PleurX Drain Kit Manuals

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How to use Pleurx Drainage System?

Getting started: Have all drainage supplies ready and thoroughly wash your hands.

  1. Open all packaging of PleurX drainage kit. Unfold blue wrapping. Place bottle near wrapping and lay access tip on blue wrapping.
  2. Pick up each glove by the wrist cuff and put them on.
  3. Tear open alcohol pads. Lay open alcohol pad pouches on blue wrapping a short distance from sterile items.

How to Connect the drainage bottle?

Be sure to keep the end of the catheter and access tip clean.

  1. Close the roller clamps completely by rolling the wheel on the roller clamp towards the bottle. Remove access tip cover by twisting and pulling gently. Set access tip on blue wrapping.
  2. Take the valve cap off the Denver PleurX catheter.
  3. Clean around valve opening with the first alcohol pad.
  4. Insert access tip into catheter valve.

How to drain a PleurX?

Do not drain more than 1,000 mL from your chest or 2,000 mL from your abdomen at any one time.

  1. Remove the support clip from the top of the drainage bottle and push down the “T” plunger.
  2. Roll the wheel on the roller clamp away from the vacuum bottle to begin draining.
  3. When finished draining, completely close the roller clamp by rolling the wheel on the roller clamp towards the bottle.

Final steps and disposal: Contact your doctor or nurse if you have any questions or concerns.

  1. Pull access tip out of valve; set drainage line down.
  2. Clean around valve opening with the second alcohol pad.
  3. Place a new cap on the catheter valve and twist it until it snaps into its locked position.
  4. Clean around the catheter site with the third alcohol pad.
  5. Place foam catheter pad around the catheter and wind catheter on top of the pad. Cover the catheter with gauze pads.
  6. Apply self-adhesive dressing over gauze pads. 
  7. Push down the “T” plunger and move plunger in a circular motion to further puncture the foil seal so fluid can be poured out.
  8. Remove the flexible cap and drainage line from the bottle.
  9. Empty the bottle into the toilet. Place bottle in a plastic bag, seal tightly, and discard.


  • When there is a shift greater than 2 cm in the mediastinum towards the ipsilateral side of the effusion
  • When the pleural cavity is multi-loculated, and the drainage of a single loculation would not be expected to provide relief from dyspnea
  • When there is a coagulopathy
  • When the pleural cavity is infected
  • When the effusion is known to be chylous


  • Do not drain more than 1000 ml of fluid from your chest or 2000 ml of fluid from your abdomen at any one time
  • It is normal to feel some discomfort or pain when draining fluid
  • If discomfort or pain is experienced when draining, clamp the drainage line to slow or stop the flow of fluid for a few minutes
  • If you do not feel better after doing this or the pain is severe, contact your doctor or nurse
  • Pain may be an indication of infection
  • Keep the valve on the PleurX Catheter and the access tip on the drainage line clean
  • Keep them away from other objects to help avoid contamination
  • Do not use scissors or other sharp objects near the PleurX Catheter
  • Do not put anything except the access tip of the drainage line into the valve since this could damage the valve
  • A damaged valve may allow air into your body or let fluid leak out through the valve when you are not draining

Risks of the PleurX Drainage System

  • Chest: Potential complications of draining the pleural space include, but may not be limited to, pneumothorax, re-expansion pulmonary edema, hypotension, circulatory collapse, and infection
  • Abdomen: Potential complications of draining fluid from the abdomen include, but may not be limited to, hypotension, circulatory collapse, electrolyte imbalance, protein depletion, ascites leakage, peritonitis, wound infection, and loculations of the peritoneal space.

Pleurx Catheter Supplies FAQs

Can a PleurX drainage kit be flushed?

The PleurX catheter access kit is intended to aspirate a sterile fluid sample straight through the catheter. The catheter access kit is also designed to allow catheter flushing and perform routine maintenance.

How long can a PleurX catheter stay in?

The catheter will be in until the fluid stops draining. The amount of time will vary from patient to patient, anywhere from a few weeks to several months. The fluid build-up is not likely to stop in the abdomen but may stop in the chest. The catheter may remain in place as long as you need it.

Can I take a shower or bath with the pleurx catheter in place?

  • Shower: You can take a shower or sponge bath if a self-adhesive dressing like the one in the Procedure Pack is securely attached to your skin. The self-adhesive dressing is designed to keep fluid out. Be sure the self-adhesive dressing is completely and securely attached and that the catheter and gauze pads are all contained underneath it. If the gauze becomes wet when showering, remove the self-adhesive dressing immediately, clean and dry the area, and apply a new self-adhesive dressing as instructed under the section “Place a New Self-Adhesive Dressing”.
  • Bath: Do not allow the catheter to soak underwater in a tub, bath, pool, etc.

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