Sustained Vacuum system

Intended for the removal of surgical and bodily fluids from a closed wound following plastic and other general surgery forming large flaps for hematoma and seroma prophylaxis. It is intended for both home-care and healthcare environments.


Improving suction drain management during post recovery


Primary Specifications

  • Consolidates 2 drains in one device

  • Battery operated (2-AA)

  • Sustained vacuum for up to 6 weeks

  • Single patient use

  • Approximately 350 grams

  • Comes with disposable, graduated, multi-channel waste collection units

  • Light and sound indicators

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  1. Palaia, David A., et al. "Incidence of seromas and infections using fenestrated versus nonfenestrated acellular dermal matrix in breast reconstructions." Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Global Open 3.11 (2015).

  2. Wade, Alex, et al. "Predictors of outpatient resource utilization following ventral and incisional hernia repair." Surgical Endoscopy 32.4 (2018): 1695-1700.

  3. Shahan, Charles P., et al. "Sutureless onlay hernia repair: a review of 97 patients." Surgical Endoscopy 30.8 (2016): 3256-3261.

  4. Phillips, Brett T., et al. "Current practice among plastic surgeons of antibiotic prophylaxis and closed-suction drains in breast reconstruction: experience, evidence, and implications for postoperative care." Annals of Plastic Surgery 66.5 (2011): 460-465.

  5. Alexander, J. Wesley, Joel Korelitz, and Nancy S. Alexander. "Prevention of wound infections: a case for closed suction drainage to remove wound fluids deficient in opsonic proteins." The American Journal of Surgery 132.1 (1976): 59-63.

Relevant Publications

The bulb of the closed suction drains are not capable of providing continuous suction.

  • Carruthers, Katherine H., et al. "Optimizing the closed suction surgical drainage system." Plastic Surgical Nursing 33.1 (2013): 38-42. (NCBI)

  • Khansa, Ibrahim, et al. "Optimal Use of Surgical Drains: Evidence-Based Strategies." Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 141.6 (2018): 1542-1549. (NCBI)

  • Whitson, Bryan A., et al. "Not Every Bulb Is a Rose: A Functional Comparison of Bulb Suction Devices1." Journal of Surgical Research 156.2 (2009): 270-273.

Incidence of seroma remains high in a variety of surgeries that result in flap or dead space formation. Removal of fluid and tissue apposition are thought to minimize problematic seromas.

  • Janis, Jeffrey E., Lara Khansa, and Ibrahim Khansa. "Strategies for postoperative seroma prevention: a systematic review." Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 138.1 (2016): 240-252. (NCBI)

  • Di Martino, Marcello, et al. "Natural evolution of seroma in abdominoplasty." Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 135.4 (2015): 691e-698e. (NCBI)

  • Srivastava, Vivek, Somprakas Basu, and Vijay Kumar Shukla. "Seroma formation after breast cancer surgery: what we have learned in the last two decades." Journal of Breast Cancer 15.4 (2012): 373-380. (NCBI)

Continuous suction has been shown to reduce seroma and its complications.

  • Shin, Seung Jun, et al. "Continuous High-Pressure Negative Suction Drain: New Powerful Tool for Closed Wound Management Clinical Experience." Journal of Craniofacial Surgery 25.4 (2014): 1427-1431.

  • Somers, Robert G., et al. "The use of closed suction drainage after lumpectomy and axillary node dissection for breast cancer. A prospective randomized trial." Annals of Surgery 215.2 (1992): 146. (NCBI)

  • Morris, A. M. "A controlled trial of closed wound suction drainage in radical mastectomy." British Journal of Surgery 60.5 (1973): 357-359.

Patients with seromas are at a higher risk of deep wound infections. Continuous suction preventing retrograde bacterial migration has been documented to minimize the risk of infections.

  • Palaia, David A., et al. "Incidence of seromas and infections using fenestrated versus nonfenestrated acellular dermal matrix in breast reconstructions." Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Global Open 3.11 (2015).

  • Raves, John J., Malcolm Slifkin, and Daniel L. Diamond. "A bacteriologic study comparing closed suction and simple conduit drainage." The American Journal of Surgery 148.5 (1984): 618-620.

  • Nora, Paul F., Robert M. Vanecko, and James J. Bransfield. "Prophylactic abdominal drains." Archives of Surgery 105.2 (1972): 173-176.

Other useful publications:

  • Meyerson, Joseph M. "A brief history of two common surgical drains." Annals of Plastic Surgery 77.1 (2016): 4-5.

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