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

PleurX Drainage Systems - 1000ml

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PleurX Drainage Kit helps manage recurrent pleural effusions or malignant ascites, conditions where excess fluid accumulates in the pleural or abdominal cavity. The PleurX catheter enhances patients' quality of life by offering a more patient-friendly approach to fluid management in comparison to repeated hospital procedures. Generally, the drainage process can take anywhere from 15 minutes to a few hours. Some patients may drain fluid daily, while others may do it less frequently.

Why choose the PleurX Drainage Kit?

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


Total: $79.99

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What does PleurX Drainage System include?

  • PleurX vacuum bottle 1000 ml with attached drainage line
  • Components of Vacuum Bottle with Kit:
    • Blue wrapping
    • 3 alcohol pads
    • Pair of gloves
    • Valve replacement cap
    • Blue emergency slide clamp
    • 4" x 4" gauze pads
    • Foam catheter pad
    • Self-adhesive dressing

Features of Carefusion PleurX Drainage System

  • 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

Parts Description

  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 promote drainage and prevent occlusions.
Parts Description of Pleurx Drainage System

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 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 to drain 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 directions for use, and the bottle will automatically draw out the fluid. PleurX kit with a 1000 ml vacuum bottle usually takes 5 to 15 minutes for complete drainage.

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How to use the Pleurx Drainage Kit?

  • Getting started

    Have all drainage supplies ready, and thoroughly wash your hands.

    1. Open all packaging of the PleurX drainage kit. Unfold the blue wrapping. Place the bottle near the wrapping and lay the access tip on the 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 the 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 the valve opening with the first alcohol pad.
    4. Insert the access tip into the 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 the access tip out of the valve; set the drainage line down.
    2. Clean around the 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 a 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 the 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 the bottle in a plastic bag, seal it tightly, and discard.


  1. Can a PleurX 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Can I take a shower or bath with the pleural 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.
  4. How is the Pleurx Drainage Catheter helpful?

    The patient or a caregiver can easily perform the drainage procedure at home, promoting comfort and reducing the need for frequent hospital visits. This system provides a convenient and efficient way to manage fluid buildup, helping to alleviate symptoms such as shortness of breath or abdominal swelling.

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