New feeding tube with integrated camera designed to deliver
enhanced patient safety
DUBLIN, Ireland--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr. 14, 2014--
plc (NYSE: COV) today announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration 510(k)
Clearance for the Kangaroo™ feeding tube with IRIS Technology. This
first-of-its-kind camera-equipped disposable feeding tube is designed to
enhance patient safety by providing visualization for a procedure that
is currently blinded.
The Covidien Integrated Real-time Imaging System (IRIS) technology streams a real-time video back to the Kangaroo IRIS monitor, providing visual information that can aid clinicians in identifying key areas of a patient's anatomy.
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The Covidien Integrated Real-time Imaging System
(IRIS) technology streams a real-time video back to the Kangaroo IRIS
monitor, providing visual information that can aid clinicians in
identifying key areas of a patient’s anatomy. The system also enables
medical professionals to save images from the live stream and make notes
associated with the image.
Prior to availability of the Kangaroo feeding tube with IRIS technology,
feeding tube placement was often done blindly. The risk associated with
blind placement is the misplacement of the feeding tube into the
patient’s airway, which can potentially cause a punctured lung or even
death. The Kangaroo feeding tube with IRIS technology now gives sight
where medical professionals were previously blind.
“The Kangaroo feeding tube with IRIS technology is truly unique
and was built with patient safety in mind,” said Jim Clemmer, president,
Medical Supplies, Covidien. “Covidien is an industry leader in
nutritional delivery and enteral feeding devices and products such as
the Kangaroo feeding tube with IRIS technology are designed to help
improve patient outcomes and set new expectations for medical device
product safety and innovation around the world.”
In addition to FDA clearance in the U.S., the Kangaroo feeding tube with
IRIS technology is approved for use in Europe, Japan, Canada and
Australia. The Kangaroo IRIS monitor is currently programmed with seven
languages: English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and
For more information about the Kangaroo feeding tube with IRIS
technology, please visit www.covidien.com/kangarooIRIS.
Covidien is a leading global healthcare products company that creates
innovative medical solutions for better patient outcomes and delivers
value through clinical leadership and excellence. Covidien develops,
manufactures and sells a diverse range of industry-leading medical
device and supply products. With 2013 revenue of $10.2 billion, Covidien
has more than 38,000 employees worldwide in more than 70 countries, and
its products are sold in over 150 countries. Please visit www.covidien.com
to learn more about our business.
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