Surgeons Share Methods to Reduce Retained Blood Complications after Heart Surgery


Toronto, Canada—May 5, 2014—Distinguished physicians from leading cardiac surgery centers gathered at an Educational Symposium to share their experiences with a new-generation blood evacuation system for use following cardiothoracic surgical procedures. ClearFlow, Inc. hosted the Symposium at the recent American Association of Thoracic Surgeon’s meeting in Toronto, Canada, where their award-winning technology was on exhibit for over 2,400 cardiac surgeons and healthcare professionals. Marc Gillinov, MD, a surgeon from the Cleveland Clinic discussed the incidence and consequences of the complications that can result from the incomplete evacuation of blood from a patient’s chest after cardiac surgery. Louis Perrault, MD, from Montreal Heart Institute described the lack of best … [Read more...]

ClearFlow Appoints Senior Sales Executive to N.America Leadership Position


Anaheim, California. ClearFlow Inc., a venture-funded designer and manufacturer of PleuraFlow® Active Clearance Technology™, a new generation blood evacuation system for use following cardiothoracic surgical procedures is pleased to announce that Mr. Michael Cox has joined the Company as Vice President of Sales, North America. Michael has progressed through successful sales and marketing leadership roles in major cardiovascular device firms including Edwards Lifesciences and AtriCure, most recently leaving Austin, Texas based heart-valve manufacturer On-XLife Technologies, Inc. to join ClearFlow. “We are thrilled to strengthen our senior management team with a sales executive of Michael’s caliber and proficiency” said ClearFlow President & CEO, Mr. Paul Molloy. … [Read more...]

Clear Catheter Systems Changes Name to ClearFlow


We are excited to announce that Clear Catheter Systems, Inc. is now ClearFlow, Inc.  Our mission is to develop the best devices to proactively drain blood and fluids after surgery. We believe that avoiding the complications that accrue to retained blood and fluids leads to reduced morbidity and mortality, less pain and discomfort for the patient, and lower total cost of care in a cost-conscious healthcare environment. We are focused on helping clinicians eliminate the acute, sub-acute and chronic postoperative complications of current high failure-rate wound drainage tubes by offering the only CE marked and 510(k) cleared drainage system with Active Clearance Technology™.  ClearFlow’s patented PleuraFlow® ACT System reliably maintains chest tube patency in the critical … [Read more...]

Excitement for PleuraFlow Grows Across Canada – PleuraFlow Takes Center Stage at Three Successful Meetings in Canada


Interest in Clear Catheter System Inc. continues to spike after three strong meetings in Canada aimed at educating cardiac surgeons about PleuraFlow® Active Clearance Technology®, its positive impact in reducing complications related to Retained Blood and Fluids, and improving patient outcomes as well as reducing hospital costs. Led by Dr. Louis P. Perrault, Chief of Service for the Department of Surgery at Montreal Heart Institute and Professor of Surgery and Pharmacology at the Université de Montréal, the novel PleuraFlow medical device took center stage at three meetings. Dr. Perrault explained the unique technology and its benefits to the guests gathered from area hospitals across Montreal and Toronto while Clear Catheter Systems President and Chief Executive Officer, Paul … [Read more...]

Clear Catheter Systems Wins Prestigious International Innovation Award


2013 “Innovations in Cardiovascular Interventions” Top Prize goes to Medical Device Start-up for PleuraFlow Clear Catheter Systems, Inc., announced today it has won the 2013 Innovations in Cardiovascular Interventions (ICI) Best Start-Up Innovation Award for its medical device, PleuraFlow®, a novel system that optimally evacuates blood and fluid after surgery to speed recovery and improve patient outcomes in the ICU during the initial critical hours after heart surgery. The honor was awarded to Dr. Edward Boyle, a surgeon, Chairman of Clear Catheter Systems and an inventor of the PleuraFlow® device, which prevents chest tube clogging to minimize the problem of Retained Blood Complications after heart surgery. Clear Catheter Systems plans to expand use of its PleuraFlow® Active … [Read more...]

PleuraFlow Inventor Speaks at 31st Annual Cardiovascular Surgical Symposium

Zürs, Austria – Edward M. Boyle, MD, the inventor of PleuraFlow and founder and CEO of Clear Catheter Systems spoke at the 31st annual Cardiovascular Surgical Symposium in Zürs, Austria, on March 8th. This is a premier gathering of many of Europe's top heart surgeons in an interactive setting to promote exchange of ideas and updates on the use and development of new technologies.  In his presentation, "New Approaches to Prevent Retained Blood Complex after Heart Surgery," Dr. Boyle discussed the most up-to-date research on Retained Blood Complex (RBC), and the impact of PleuraFlow Active Clearance Technology  and PROACT programs. “It was evident that RBC plays a significant role in cardiac surgery care, as there was considerable interest in the clinical aspects of preventing … [Read more...]

Clear Catheter Systems Introduces PROACT Program to Improve Heart Surgery Outcomes

January 25, 2013 Bend, OR - Clear Catheter Systems announces the launch of PROACT ™ (Prevent Retained-blood Outcomes with Active Clearance Technology), a continuous quality improvement (CQI) initiative for hospitals that aims  to reduce costly complications and readmissions after heart surgery. PROACT targets complications caused by fluid retained in the chest (effusions) after heart surgery, which is a leading cause of readmissions nationally. With penalties for readmissions as part of the Affordable Care Act, Clear Catheter Systems is teaming up with hospitals to implement protocols and technologies that effectively reduce the occurrence of retained fluid complications. As part of the PROACT program, hospitals are implementing PleuraFlow® Active Clearance Technology™ (ACT) , … [Read more...]


PleuraFlow® has been recognized with a 2011 GOOD DESIGN™ award in the Medical category. Founded in 1950, The GOOD DESIGN™ award is one of the world’s most prestigious international awards program for new industrial design.  PleuraFlow® was selected from over 500 product designs from over 38 nations. This award comes to the company via its collaboration with Carbon Design, which helped design the PleuraFlow® Active Tube Clearance® System. Read more:   … [Read more...]

Clear Catheter Systems Raises $4 Million in VC Funding

BEND, Ore., -- Clear Catheter Systems, Inc., a leading developer of medical devices used in post surgical recovery announced that it has closed its first institutional round of financing. The $4 million round was co-led by Aphelion Capital and California Technology Ventures. Also participating in the financing was Research Corporation Technologies. Ned Scheetz, of Aphelion Capital and Alex Suh, of California Technology Ventures will join the board of directors. Clear Catheter Systems will utilize the capital from the latest round to respond to increasing demand for its lead product, the PleuraFlow® Active Tube Clearance® System, and drive commercialization in the United States and abroad. "This investment is a great vote of confidence in Clear Catheter's mission to deliver technology … [Read more...]

Spark: Pro Award


PleuraFlow® has been recognized with a 2011 Spark Award. ========= The winners of the 2011 Spark:Pro Awards were selected this week by a jury of experts from design media, and education. Encompassing a spectrum of categories including architecture, graphic design, branding, and product design, the Spark Awards recognize design’s ability to act as a catalyst, address problems, and improve lives. Winning a Bronze award, the PleuraFlow® Active Tube Clearance® System is the first chest tube with a mechanism for actively clearing blood clots. After heart or lung surgery, chest tubes are installed to drain fluids and air. Unfortunately, these tubes routinely clog with blood clots and debris putting the patient at risk for potentially fatal complications. With PleuraFlow®, a guide … [Read more...]

ClearFlow's PleuraFlow® Active Clearance Technology and many of its features are protected by a comprehensive family of both US and foreign patents and patent applications in major markets throughout the world, including Canada, Australia and the European Community. In the United States, PleuraFlow® products are protected by US Patent Nos. 7,854,728, 7,951,243, 8,246,752, 8,048,233 and 8,388,759. The PleuraFlow® product is the first device of its kind to effectively and reproducibly clear obstructing material from chest tubes without compromising the sterile field, and thus patient recovery. It is the only FDA 510(k) cleared device of its kind for this indication. ClearFlow's patent portfolio has been tailored not only to protect this product, but also to provide protection around this new market segment thus presenting a barrier to entry for competing products.