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Medivators Launches JET PREPT Device to Improve Polyp Detection

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 9:44am
The Associated Press

Medivators Inc., a Cantel Medical company and a leading medical device manufacturer with over thirty years in endoscopy technology, announces the debut of the JET PREPT Endoscopic Flushing Device, a novel irrigation and suction device that clears and removes debris and obstructions from the colon during a colonoscopy, resulting in improved visualization of the gastrointestinal tract and increased polyp detection.

Colonoscopy is an effective screening method that can reduce deaths from colon cancer. If a patient is poorly prepped, however, precancerous polyp detection can be significantly hindered. According to an article in Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News, 27 percent of colonoscopies performed are poorly prepped1, with the right colon remaining especially problematic. The JET PREP Device provides an immediate solution with rapid and effective washing of residual stool particles.

"Colorectal cancer is the second most common cancer in western societies," said Don Byrne, President of Medivators Endoscopy Business Group.  "Suboptimal bowel preparation substantially decreases colonoscopy effectiveness and often requires an early follow-up examination. This small device can have an enormous impact on improving colon cancer detection and saving lives. Importantly, the JET PREP Device can reduce the cost of colonoscopy caused by poor preparation as it eliminates the need for repeat examinations." Because polyp detection is vital to patient safety and survival, the JET PREP Device's site specific flushing was developed to improve visualization for diagnosis and treatment. A recent study by R.

Kiesslich et al have shown that the rate of missed polyps or lesions, both in the right colon where detection has historically been more difficult and throughout the colon, is significantly reduced when the JET PREP Device has been used.

The JET PREP Device is used in conjunction with a standard flexible endoscope for cleansing the gastrointestinal tract both prior to and during gastroenterological procedures. It can also be used in cases of emergency colonoscopy, gastrointestinal tract bleeding, and food impaction.  The JET PREP Device's high-powered patented spraying feature enhances the irrigation pressure necessary to break down obstructions caused by food impaction.  The device also enables clinicians to promptly identify sources of gastrointestinal tract bleeding through simultaneous flushing and evacuation.

"We at Medivators are committed to helping endoscopy departments provide better patient outcomes as well as improve efficiency. The JET PREP Device is an important component of that mission," said Byrne.

1 Cohen, L. Bowel Preparation for Colonoscopy. Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News. 2014; 65(3).

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