The ReactorTM
The ReactorTM

Placement of a chest tube into the thoracic cavity has been around for more than 100 years with virtually no change in technique! Imagine driving a Model T car today down the highway – would it be as safe, fast, effective and reliable as a modern car at 65 MPH? The ReactorTM offers medical professionals a revolutionary way to insert chest tubes into the thoracic cavity.

Why Choose the ReactorTM

The ReactorTM offers numerous design advantages to markedly improve the insertion of chest tubes into the thoracic cavity including the following:

  • Rotating and Retracting Blade
    “Carves” not punctures through tissue
  • Oval Shaft
    Fits between ribs better than round
  • Chest Wall “Tunnel”
    Creates a constant diameter narrow (~1cm) tunnel through the chest wall; unlike the open technique which is more conical in nature (larger at the skin and smaller internally)

What Physicians Say

The ReactorTM has received numerous positive accolades by physicians.

“Great Idea – Flight & Military will like it”
“Very interesting tool”
“Great for obese patients”
“Look forward to trying product when available”

How the ReactorTM Compares

The ReactorTM should offer the following advantages over a traditional open chest tube insertion technique.

  Open Chest Tube (OCT) Insertion ReactorTM Chest Tube (RCT) Insertion
incision length* ~2-5 cm ~1 cm
procedure time* requires more time than RCT requires less time than OCT

*Noted in anatomic model testing.


The following may further your understanding of the ReactorTM chest tube insertion device and the benefits it may provide.

2002 Physician Survey
In 2002 Sharp Medical Products, LLC underwrote a third-party to conduct a survey of 23 emergency room physicians and cardiologists regarding our early prototype and concept/s of how the ReactorTM could improve open chest tube insertion. View the complete results of the 2002 Survey.

Below are a few highlights from the survey:
Number of physicians that thought there were problems with the existing open/standard method of inserting chest tubes and what those problems were:

  • Patient pain 100%
  • Injuries to the clinician 100%
  • Time to complete the procedure 78%

Distinguishing characteristics of the ReactorTM prototype and how important they are to the physician:

  • Time and cost 100%
  • Safety to clinician and patient 100%
  • Eccentric blade 83%
  • Elliptical shaft 78%
  • Reduction in tools (trays) 78%

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