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...]

Small Device Brings Big Comfort to Post-Surgical Patients

By: Charles Murray, Senior Techincal Editor, Electronics & Test for Design News Recovery from heart and lung surgery may one day be more tolerable for hundreds of thousands of patients, thanks to a pair of surgeons and two engineering teams who developed a device that clears chest tube clogs. The device, shown at Design & Manufacturing Midwest in Chicago this week, changes the recovery process by eliminating the need for nurses and doctors to jockey a patient's chest tube around in order to loosen clogs caused by coagulated blood and other fluids. "With this, there's now a way to unclog the chest tube without disturbing the patient," noted Karl Sprague, project leader for Xeridiem Medical Devices, which teamed with two other companies to develop the device and its … [Read more...]

Active Chest Tube Drainage System Clears the Way for Better Patient Care

By: Shana Leonard Cardiothoracic surgeon Edward Boyle was a man on a mission when he partnered with Cleveland Clinic heart surgeon Marc Gillinov to establish Clear Catheter Systems Inc. (Bend, OR). After years of observing clogs and blood clots form in chest tubes and their resulting adverse effects on patients, Boyle was determined to develop a solution that overcame this dangerous design flaw. Responding to this unmet clinical need, Clear Catheter has introduced the PleuraFlow® Active Tube Clearance® System to prevent chest tube occlusion and improve patient safety. Following heart, lung, or trauma surgery, chest tubes are inserted into patients and coupled to a drainage system in order to remove excess fluid or air from the body. “A lot of what is drained is … [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.