The Vaccus™ Bottle
The Vaccus™ DES is a ground breaking, patented plastic vacuum drainage bottle that can be used for intermittent drainage procedures for patients in both a hospital and non-hospital setting.
The Vaccus™ is a plastic, safety version of the widely used and
accepted glass vacutainer bottles currently used throughout the hospital.
The Vaccus™ has patented features including the ergonomic design of the plastic bottle and a removable cap system that allows for disposal of fluid, addition of solidifying agents and
a revolutionary way to create the vacuum pressure within the bottle.
"Our company's goal is to develop and manufacture medical devices that create a
safer working environment for hospital staff and patients through innovation and relationships.
We strive to provide both a higher quality of patient care and better outcomes."
How it Works
It is estimated that there are over 1.5 million drainage procedures annually in the US in a hospital and non-hospital setting. These patients require a mechanism under acute care that can drain the recurrent fluids which the body cannot uptake or discharge on its own convalesce in the inferior aspect of the patient’s compromised thoracic and abdominal cavities.
The traditional method or “gold standard” for these afflictions is to drain the excess fluid from the patient via a catheter inserted into thoracic and abdominal cavity and attach a glass, negative pressure bottle to the catheter. The glass vacuum bottle effectively drains the fluid. Our current Vaccus™ is 1000cc, but with our patented technology any size can be manufactured (500cc, 1500cc, 2000cc, 3000cc, etc). Currently we have not found any vacuum bottles larger than 1500cc in our 8 years of research.
Removable Cap System
Stringent healthcare regulations are placing increasing demands on healthcare staff to reduce the likeliness of biohazard contamination as much as possible.
Ideally, healthcare staffs would prefer to use a solidifying agent and pour into drainage evacuation bottles. This neutralizes and solidifies the fluids which makes it safer and easier to discard. The bottles used today, do not have these capabilities. The Vaccus™ with removable cap system makes it easier and safer to add solidifying agents and creating a closed system by fastening and then securing the cap system. This is a significant advantage over traditional glass drainage evacuation bottles.
As with all medical environments, staff operating in the hospital are exposed to the mishaps of mishandling and dropping objects that can include glass drainage evacuation bottles.
Breaking a glass drainage evacuation bottle would require significant time to clean and dispose the fragments in a sharps container.
See picture for an example image. This is not to mention the unpleasant sight and possibly traumatic experience the occurrence may have on non‐hospital staff (patient and patient’s family, etc.). Plastic bottles will not shatter.
With its patented technology the Vaccus™ has been designed to comply with U.S.DOT requirements. The advantages of adding a solidifier to medical waste before disposing allows hospitals to properly dispose of full suction canisters which can dramatically decrease waste and removal costs. The use of solidifiers greatly reduces the risk of exposure to blood and contaminated bodily fluids.
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