Gastrostomy in the ICU

Current procedures to insert gastrostomy tubes require expensive, inpatient hospital equipment and have complication rates that can run as high as 20 percent. In addition, the need for highly trained surgeons, operating room time and use of specialized equipment including endoscopes, fluoroscopes and Computed Tomography (CT) scanners translates into higher costs, longer patient wait times and additional hospital costs.  

There is a better way. Percutaneous ultrasound gastrostomy (PUG) is an ultrasound-based technology that eliminates inefficiencies in clinical practice, utilizes existing training on point-of-care ultrasound to enable critical care doctors and interventional radiologists to perform bedside gastrostomies. 

The ideal percutaneous ultrasound gastrostomy patient has a BMI under 30 and has no head, neck or throat abnormalities.

Strong rare-earth magnets are used to manually guide device placement inside the human body, while real-time, low cost ultrasound provides visual feedback to the clinician to ensure safety. This platform technology aims to substantially reduce medical procedure costs while improving patient safety and patient outcomes.  

PUMA-G technology is expected to undergo FDA review in June 2018 and to be available on the market in Fall 2018.

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