The Reactor®


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 Reactor® offers medical professionals a revolutionary way to insert chest tubes into the thoracic cavity.

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Why Choose the Reactor®

The Reactor® 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)

How the Reactor® Compares

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

Open Chest Tube (OCT) Insertion Reactor® 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.

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 Reactor® 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 Reactor® 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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