With the new systems ATMOS S 201 Thorax and ATMOS E 201 Thorax thoracic drainage has come to the present.
When Dr. Gotthard Bülau described continuous drainage with underpressure development in 1891, he brought surgery in the open pleural space a decisive step forward. For the first time, it was possible to restore the physiological underpressure in the pleural space again after surgery and maintain it. The „Bülau drainage“ which is named after him is still used worldwide today in a largely unchanged form and ensures that drainage can generally be ended in patients
post pleural surgery after one or two weeks.
Thoracic drainage of today with the
disadvantages of yesterday. Even though
the technical advancements moved forward
rapidly in just about all other areas of the operating room, intensive care and care wards, thoracic drainage frequently still utilises a technology which is comparable to that of 100 years ago - with all the disadvantages which are connected to it from today‘s perspective: