Today, placement is blind
2-4% of nasogastric feeding tubes are misplaced in the respiratory tract. In adults, placement is typically verified via x-ray. For infants, however, x-ray radiation is dangerous, and so burdensome and inaccurate methods such as aspiration and auscultation are used. Placement is essentially blind.
The FDA has called for the development of pediatric devices noting that "Pediatric patients often differ from adults in terms of their size, growth, development, body chemistry, and disease propensity, adding to the challenges of pediatric device development.”
What We Do
At Gravitas Medical, we have developed a sensor enabled feeding system that monitors feeding tube placement and monitors gastric emptying with a design specifically focused on neonates and infants.
FDA (Pediatric Device Consortium) Grants
Gravitas was awarded two PDC Grants. One is from the West Coast Consortium for Technology & Innovation in Pediatrics (CTIP) and the other is from the UCSF-Stanford Pediatric Device Consortium.