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EndOclear using visual technology to help clean breathing tubes

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A Michigan company has raised money to continue developing a medical device use to clear away film and blockages in breathing tubes.

EndOclear’s technology is meant for patients who need a ventilator for more than 48 hours. Although endotracheal tubes are cleaned in the ICU, some tubes accrue a thick biofilm that inhibits patients’ breathing and ups their risk for developing ventilator-associated pneumonia.

EndOclear’s scope-like system aims to enable doctors to see and clear the biofilm from inside the ET tube, helping the patient restore normal breathing and cutting costs associated with tracheostomy care, ventilator associated pneumonia and long stays in the ICU.

EndOclear recently raised $500,000, according to federal regulatory filings.

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The company was founded by Michigan cardiovascular surgeon Dr. Brad Vazales and is conducting studies to show efficacy of its technology, according to its website.

Driven by growing instances of respiratory diseases, the ventilation systems and accessories market is estimated to grow more than 5 percent annually, according to a 2011 TechNavio market report, and hit $2.48 billion in 2014.

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Deanna Pogorelc

By Deanna Pogorelc MedCity News

Deanna Pogorelc is a Cleveland-based reporter who writes obsessively about life science startups across the country, looking to technology transfer offices, startup incubators and investment funds to see what’s next in healthcare. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ball State University and previously covered business and education for a northeast Indiana newspaper.
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