The system is used to treat infections in bone and body tissue. The system is inserted into bone or tissue following surgical debridement.
The System consists of:
An administration set with a drip chamber (to which is attached a 50 ml bag of antibiotic solution).
This connects via a 3-way stopcock to a catheter which delivers the antibiotic at the far end of the perforated tube.
The perforated tube is connected via the other two limbs of the Y connection to a bellow.
There is a T-piece along this line which can be used to obtain samples or unblock the tubes. The direction of flow is controlled by pinch clamps on either side of the T-piece.
A bellow provides negative pressure. When the bellow is full, the contents can be drained into the drainage bag.
The non-return valve in the drainage bag, ensures a one-way flow of fluid.
If excessive air accumulates in the drainage bag, it can be safely released without spilling the contents.
When the bag is full, it can be safely discarded without contaminating the environment.
The system was developed and refined by the late Prof. Lautenbach over the past 38 years and provides numerous features and benefits.
The system greatly reduces the risk of cross infection.
MANAGEMENT OF SYSTEM
The possible complications are: