Patient care

Improving patient care is a priority for medical device companies as well as healthcare practitioners and organisations. It is Medela’s aim to provide innovative solutions to treat illnesses using advanced healthcare technology.
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We must recognise that the patient is the most important person when it comes to medical care – and focussing on them, in hospital and at home, dramatically improves the quality of patient care and their quality of life in general. Medela products are simple to operate. This, coupled with guaranteed hygiene and easy maintenance, means that carers and nursing staff can devote more time to caring for the patient. Medela understands the challenges at an individual level and ensures that high-quality, cost-effective solutions are offered to healthcare institutions.

Airway suction

Airway suctioning is performed to clear secretions that build up in the respiratory tract. Following certain surgical procedures, insertion of a tracheostomy tube predisposes the patient to increased mucus production and a decreased ability to clear it. Airway suctioning promotes proper air flow by removing excess mucus from the tracheostomy tube. A further application of airway suctioning is clearing a baby’s nose and mouth just after birth to help them breathe.

Airway suctioning is also used in emergency situations to clear the airways of foreign matter, bodily secretions or vomit.

Portable airway suction with Clario / Clario Toni / Vario 18

The Clario devices are easy-to-use, portable suction pumps for home healthcare teams and patients in need of airway suctioning. Clario’s modular design consists of three main parts for easy assembly and this threefold hygienic design ensures that there is no overflow into the mechanical parts of the pump. Clario also gives users more freedom: the battery-operated version offers patients more than 50 minutes of suction time, allowing them to be fully mobile.

The Vario 18 suction pump is an airway suction device by Medela, designed for use in hospitals or nursing homes. The more robust design makes this pump an ideal choice for prolonged use and the QuatroFlex system provides rapid vacuum generation. Note that this pump can also be used for  minor procedures requiring surgical suctioning.

Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT)

Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT) is a widely used therapeutic wound treatment technique. The therapy is performed by creating a controlled partial-vacuum environment surrounding a wound, using a sealed wound dressing connected to a vacuum pump. This partial vacuum removes fluid from the wound and increases blood flow, encouraging tissue growth and healing.

A new approach in NPWT with Invia Motion

In the past, patients would need to use two or even three different pumps during the course of treatment for wounds that were slow to heal. With Invia Motion, Medela has introduced an innovative approach to therapy: a personal pump, providing different run times adapted to the patient’s length of treatment, for use in both in-patient and home care settings. This can reduce therapy costs, while the unit’s small size and low weight allow patients much greater mobility.

Chest drainage therapy

For decades, patients who were treated with thoracic drainage therapy were bed-bound. The vacuum used in analogue systems to remove air and fluid from the chest cavity was supplied by a centralised wall vacuum in their rooms.

The new standard of care in chest drainage therapy

With Thopaz Medela designed a digital chest drainage system,  that set new standards in chest drainage management. Thopaz consists of a lightweight, battery powered pump and a set of sterile disposables, allowing objective therapy assessment and early patient mobilisation after surgery. This has been proven to shorten the duration of the patients' hospital stay. Ref 1.


With Thopaz+, Medela sets a new standard in chest drainage in terms of mobility, objective digital data and ease of use. The digital monitor provides precise and objective data on important therapeutic parameters such as air-leak, fluid drainage and intrapleural pressure. This enables physicians to take data and fact-based decisions on when to remove the drain, resulting in improved patient outcomes and reduced length of hospital stay. Ref 1.


[1] Ann Thorac Surg. 2014 Aug;98(2):490-6