Patient care

Improving patient care is a priority for medical device manufacturers as well as healthcare practitioners and organizations. It is Medela’s aim to use advanced healthcare technology to provide innovative solutions to treat illnesses.

We must recognize that the patient is the most important person when it comes to medical care – and focusing on them, in the hospital and at home, dramatically improves their quality of care and quality of life in general. Medela products are simple to operate. This, coupled with guaranteed hygiene and easy maintenance, means that doctors and nurses can devote more time to caring for the patient. Medela understands the challenges at the individual level and ensures that high-quality, cost-effective solutions are available to healthcare institutions.

Airway suction

Airway suction

Airway suctioning is performed to clear secretions that build up in the respiratory tract. Following certain surgical procedures, the insertion of a tracheostomy tube predisposes the patient to increased mucus production and a decreased ability to clear it. Airway suctioning promotes proper air flow by removing excess mucus from the tracheostomy tube. Another application of airway suctioning is that of clearing a newborn’s nose and mouth immediately after birth to assist breathing.

Airway suctioning is also used in emergency situations to clear the airways of foreign matter, bodily secretions or vomit.

Portable airway suction with Vario 18

The Vario 18 suction pump is an airway suction device by Medela, designed for use in hospitals, nursing homes and homes for disabled people. The more robust design makes this pump an ideal choice for prolonged use, and the QuatroFlex system provides rapid vacuum generation. Note that this pump can also be used for more minor procedures that involve surgical suctioning.


Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT)

Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT) is a widely used therapeutic wound treatment technique. The therapy entails creating a controlled partial-vacuum environment surrounding a wound, by using a sealed dressing connected to a vacuum pump. This partial vacuum removes fluid from the wound and increases blood flow, encouraging tissue growth and healing.

A new approach in NPWT with Invia Motion

In the past, patients would need to use two or even three different pumps during the course of treatment for wounds that were slow to heal. With Invia Motion, Medela has introduced an innovative approach to therapy: a personal pump that provides different run times adapted to the patient’s length of treatment, for use in both in-patient and home care settings. This can reduce therapy costs, while the unit’s small size and light weight afford patients much greater mobility than traditional pumps.

Cardiothoracic drainage

Chest drainage therapy

For decades, patients who were treated with thoracic drainage therapy were bed-bound. The vacuum used in analogue systems to remove air and fluid from the chest cavity was supplied by a centralised wall vacuum in their rooms.

The new standard of care in chest drainage therapy

With Thopaz Medela designed a digital chest drainage system, which set new standards in chest drainage management. Thopaz consists of a lightweight, battery powered pump and a set of sterile disposables, allowing objective therapy assessment and early patient mobilisation after surgery. This has been proven to shorten the duration of the patients' hospital stay. Ref 1.

With Thopaz+, Medela sets a new standard in chest drainage in terms of mobility, objective digital data and ease of use. The digital monitor provides precise and objective data on important therapeutic parameters such as air-leak, fluid drainage and intrapleural pressure. This enables physicians to take data and fact-based decisions on when to remove the drain, resulting in improved patient outcomes and reduced length of hospital stay. Ref 1.