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The current state of medical and technological knowledge means that operations can be performed with ever greater precision and using less and less invasive techniques.


Many medical conditions, including all cases of cancer, must be diagnosed by removing a sample of tissue from the patient and sending it to a pathologist for examination. This procedure is called a biopsy. Any organ in the body can be biopsied using a variety of techniques, some of which require major surgery, while others do not even require local anesthesia. After the biopsy specimen is obtained, it is sent for examination to the anatomical pathologist for further analysis.

Diagnostic Peritoneal Lavage

Peritoneal lavage, the washing out of the peritoneal cavity, has surgical applications that are both diagnostic, e.g. the detection of visceral injury following blunt abdominal trauma, and therapeutic, e.g. sterilization of the cavity after peritonitis. B. Braun provides Peritofix®, a set used for diagnostic peritoneal lavage when no functional echograph is available. The main indication is a suspected haemorrhage inside the peritoneal cavity, but it is also used for safe application of cytostatic drugs into the peritoneal cavity for treatment of malignant ascites.

Irrigation Solutions

Irrigation solutions have a wide spectrum of uses in the hospital. A basic distinction is made among the following applications which each call for a different type of irrigation solution and solution container.

Pleural Puncture and Drainage

Accumulations of air and / or fluid within the pleura-, pericardial or abdominal space can cause life-threatening disorders of the respiration as well as the cardiac function. Therefore, the objective of every emergency therapy is to totally remove the air or fluid. This used to be done either by needle puncture or by placing a sterile, surgical suction drainage. Large bore catheters (so-called Bülau Drainages) are to be avoided whenever possible, from the costs´ point of view and the advantages of a minimal invasive surgery for the patient. B. Braun developed a special, small bore PUR catheter which also allowed safe drainage, and if necessary irrigation, of visceral cavities being under negative pressure (Pneumothorax Drainage), without any additional surgical devices by means of a 3-way stopcock and an adjacent back check valve. Pleuracan® has become widely accepted for thorax drainage from the beginning, also in pediatrics. For short term decompression and drainage of the pleural cavity B. Braun offers the Pleurofix®-Sets.

Port Catheter Systems

The use of port catheter systems for example for administration of cyto-toxic drugs, antibiotics or parenteral nutrition offers many advantages for patients, nurses and doctors.

Suctioning and Wound Drainage

For the Removal of Body Fluids