The Reactor®

A revolutionary chest tube insertion Device

Placement of a chest tube into the thoracic cavity has been around for more than 100 years with virtually no change in technique! Imagine driving a Model T car today down the highway – would it be as safe, fast, effective and reliable as a modern car at 65 MPH? The Reactor® offers medical professionals a revolutionary way to insert chest tubes into the thoracic cavity. In other words, it is minimally invasive compared to the open technique! Putting this in perspective, how many appendectomies are still done with an open incision?

NOTE: as of 31 January 2021, Reactor® Generation 1 is no longer in production. Please check back for updates on future Reactor® generations and other innovative products from Sharp Medical Products, LLC

Why Choose the Reactor®

The Reactor® offers numerous design advantages to markedly improve the insertion of chest tubes into the thoracic cavity including the following:

Rotating and Retracting Blade

“Carves” not punctures through tissue

Oval Shaft

Fits between ribs better than round

Chest Wall “Tunnel”

Creates a constant diameter narrow (~1cm) tunnel through the chest wall; unlike the open technique which is more conical in nature (larger at the skin and smaller internally)

The end result from the Reactor® design is a device that allows medium to large chest tubes to be inserted with a smaller incision and faster than the open technique. 

How the Reactor® Compares

The Reactor® should offer the following advantages over a traditional open chest tube insertion technique.