Learn More About Enhancing Outcomes for Cardiothoracic Patients

ClearFlow is advocating for the establishment of Standards and Guidelines to encourage active maintenance of chest tube patency in the first 24 hours post-surgery. To that end, we’ve developed several educational programs intended to help improve outcomes and promote healing in your cardiothoracic patients.

Continuing Education Course

Enroll in the free, one hour Continuing Education Course to gain insights into current clinical strategy risks and alternatives that can be employed to positively impact clinical outcomes and reduce cost of care for cardiac surgery patients.

Optimizing Chest Drainage After Cardiac Surgery: An Evidence-Based Approach

Take part in the e-Learning series to learn more about chest tube occlusion and retained blood, plus learn important strategies in preventing post-operative complications following cardiac surgery.

1.0 hours Continuing Education Units

  • Jill Ley MS, RN, CNS, FAAN
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist, Surgical Services; California Pacific Medical Center
  • Clinical Professor, Department of Physiological Nursing, UCSF

Learning outcomes:

  • Identify the incidence and features of chest tube clogging in cardiac surgical patients
  • Describe potential short and long-term adverse outcomes associated with clogged tubes and Retained Blood Syndrome (RBS)
  • Review the evidence behind strategies used to promote chest tube patency
  • Discuss the role of Activated Clearance Technology in maintaining chest tube patency and its impact on patient outcomes

Chest drainage was first proposed as a treatment by Hippocrates in the 3rd century BC for the treatment of empyema. However, the technique was not widely used until the influenza epidemic of 1917 when chest tubes were used as a standard means of treating post- pneumonic empyema.The use of chest tubes was first reported for post-operative thoracic care in 1922, and in World War II where they were regularly used post-thoracotomy. Today, chest tubes are routinely placed following cardiac surgery to remove blood and fluid from around the heart and lungs.

Still, despite over 50 years of clinical use, there are no standard clinical guidelines or best practices in place to maintain chest tube patency and reduce post-operative complications after cardiac surgery.

eLearning Webinar Series

Take part in the e-Learning series to learn more about chest tube occlusion and retained blood, plus learn important strategies in preventing post-operative complications following cardiac surgery.

Webinar 1

Active Clearance of Chest Drains Reduces Pleural Effusions and ICU Resources in Patients Undergoing Cardiac Surgery

Dr. Yvon Baribeau, Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Catholic Medical Center, NH, presents and discusses the results from their clinical trial titled: "Active Clearance of Chest Drains Reduces Pleural Effusions and ICU Resources in patients undergoing Cardiac Surgery" (ML246-A)

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Webinar 3

Post-Operative Atrial Fibrillation after Cardiac Surgery: Potential Pericardial Contributors

Dr. Spencer Melby, Cardiac Surgeon at Barnes Jewish Hospital, Washington Univ. St. Louis and Chief of Cardiac Surgery at the VA Hospital in St. Louis, presents his latest findings regarding his ongoing research into POAF following cardiac surgery and how to minimize and/or prevent this common complication of cardiothoracic surgical procedures.

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Webinar 4

Active Clearance of Chest Tubes in Cardiac Surgery

Dr. Marc Gillinov, Chair of Cardiothoracic Surgery at The Cleveland Clinic discusses postoperative complications associated with inadequate drainage of blood and fluids from around the heart and lungs following heart surgery.

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