InventHelp® Client Designs Tool to Aid in Clearing Chest Tubes (HLW-1012)

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A Florida InventHelp® client has invented the Chest Tube Milker, a medical invention, which is being submitted to companies for review.

A nurse from Miramar, Fla., has developed an accessory that makes it easier and less taxing for a nurse to milk a patient's chest tube after thoracic surgery. "The CHEST TUBE MILKER would save nurses time and energy, while also being safe for the patient and very hygienic. Also, the nurse's hands would not hurt so bad after 12 hours of continuous milking," she explained. "This invention was inspired through my job as a nurse working in cardiovascular surgery for over 10 years. I always thought that there had to be an easier way to milk the chest tubes/drainage tubes rather than using my overly tired and achy hands."

This accessory prevents hand pain and cramping caused by milking the tube by hand, which saves time and effort on the job. It also provides a more hygienic alternative to conventional processes, which helps to prevent life-threatening conditions, like cardiac tamponade. The device prevents clot formation inside the chest tubes, facilitating proper drainage, and also prevents chest tubes from collapsing secondary to obstruction. Additionally, the invention is producible in disposable or reusable versions.

The original design was submitted to the Hollywood office of InventHelp. It is currently available for licensing or sale to manufacturers or marketers. For more information, write Dept. 12-HLW-1012, InventHelp, 217 Ninth Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, or call (412) 288-1300 ext. 1368. Learn more about InventHelp's Invention Submission Services at

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