Jackson Memorial Hospital is First in Florida to Launch Innovative Procedure to Support Feeding in ICU Patients

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Miami, FL (October 18, 2022)Jackson Memorial Hospital is the first healthcare facility in Florida to launch a new innovative procedure to support feeding patients in its intensive care units (ICU). In August, Jackson started performing percutaneous ultrasound gastrostomies (PUG), a new technique launched by medical device company CoapTech that allows ultrasound-trained providers to place gastrostomy tubes (G-tubes) in a patient using only ultrasound guidance with CoapTech’s PUMA-G device. Since its launch, Jackson Memorial has been able to successfully implement this minimally invasive approach in at least 10 patients in its ICU and intermediate ICU.

Traditionally, when a patient is unable to eat or swallow long-term, a G-tube is placed by a gastroenterologist using endoscopy or in an operating room. Using the PUG procedure eliminates the need for a specialist consult.

“Patients in need of a feeding tube now experience a safe, quick, and simple process with the PUG procedure,” said Hamilton Clark, Jackson Memorial’s senior vice president and chief executive officer. “It offers less waiting time for the patients, and our nurses and support staff can provide efficient care for patients in need of nutrition.”

This new approach lets more healthcare workers, such as intermediate and critical care staff, care for patients when the need for adequate nutrition is greatest.

“The benefit of this is that it is enabling a whole new group of providers to perform gastrostomies safely, without having to move the patients out of the comfort of their rooms or wait for consultant services to perform the procedure,” said Douglas Houghton, DNP, APRN, ANCPC, CCRN, FAANP, associate chief of clinical operations at Jackson Memorial. “We perform this procedure with equipment that we already have and already know how to use, which is great for our patients and hospital teams.”

Jackson Memorial’s goal is to continue growing the number of caregivers who can provide this service, so that it can be done in all of its ICUs.

“I applaud the Jackson Memorial team for their commitment to innovation and better patient care,” said Howard Carolan, president and CEO of CoapTech. “They are leading the way in Florida as they utilize PUMA-G to decrease length of stay, reduce costs, and provide better patient care.”

Jackson Health System is one of the nation’s largest and most respected public health systems, with a mission of providing one standard of high quality care to all residents of Miami-Dade County. The nonprofit academic medical system is anchored by Jackson Memorial Hospital, which is home to Ryder Trauma Center and the Miami Transplant Institute. The system also includes Holtz Children’s Hospital/The Women’s Hospital at Jackson Memorial, Jackson Behavioral Health Hospital, Christine E. Lynn Rehabilitation Center for The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis at UHealth/Jackson Memorial, Jackson North Medical Center, Jackson South Medical Center, Jackson West Medical Center, multiple primary care and specialty care centers, a network of UHealth Jackson Urgent Care centers, physician practices, two long-term care nursing facilities, and a network of mental health facilities.

CoapTech is a medical device company based in Baltimore, MD. Its patented, platform technology allows point-of-care ultrasound to guide interventional procedures in hollow organs of the body (such as the stomach and airways) where previously it was unsafe or impossible to do so. For more information, visit coaptech.com.

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