Backed by $18 Million and a Nationwide Agreement With One of the Largest Private Hospital Networks in The U.S., ENvizion® Unveils Enteral Feeding Tube 'GPS' Tech
ENvizion®, the FDA 510(k) cleared leader in enteral feeding placement navigation technology, announces its agreement with one of the largest private hospital networks in the U.S., with more than one hundred hospitals, to provide ENvizion's feeding tube placement navigation devices nationwide. The company's endeavor is backed by $18 million in investment. Key investors include private medtech backers, family offices, and the Technion Venture Capital fund.
Each year, nearly eight million feeding tubes are placed blindly inside patients in the United States for a variety of medical cases, but many of them are not placed with any sort of technical guidance. Blind placement can lead to a mistaken placement of the tube in the lungs, resulting potentially in pneumothorax, pneumonia, or even death. With a constant flow of hospitalized patients who require enteral feeding-especially during the COVID-19 pandemic for patients who require ventilators-the time-consuming nature of tube placement and immediate need for patient nutrition, and the limited resources hospitals have, Envizion is working together with various hospitals to minimize error and maximize enteral procedure efficiency.
The hospital network now has the opportunty to add ENvizion's navigation device, "ENVue®." The device, which can cut the usual placement procedure time in half, harnesses the power of electromagnetic mapping to guide medical-support staff in placing the tube from the nasal cavity down the esophagus, and all the way through to the small intestine, the anatomical location where nutrients are absorbed by the body. To avoid placing the tube into the lungs and ensure placement is executed correctly, the ENVue device provides guidance through a number of technical mechanisms:
Combined, the three different mechanisms provide a significant layer of confidence to medical-support staff in patient care, minimizing the potentially fatal results of a blind placement and accelerating the procedure time itself for better staff resource allocation.
"We are very excited about the opportunity our work with these hospitals can bring to the U.S.," says ENvizion President & CEO Doron Besser, MD. "The potential for our navigation technology to both greatly reduce detrimental placements and cut down the time required to place tubes will help clinicians perform the task much more confidently and efficiently."
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