The first combined low-vacuum/ gravitational system for long-term drainage treatment of ascites


Treating ascites at home

With the ASEPT® Drainage Kit L, pfm medical is now the only manufacturer on the German market to offer combined low-vacuum/gravitational bottles for pain-reduced long-term drainage of ascites. The main components of the set are drop-resistant and puncture-resistant low-vacuum plastic bottles, which can be altered to gravitational use with a flick of the wrist. 

Ascites can mean an additional burden on top of primary illnesses, such as cancer or cirrhosis of the liver. As an alternative treatment to regular inconvenient puncturing in hospital, pfm medical offers products and services for long-term outpatient drainage treatment. Thanks to the ASEPT® Drainage System, which is approved for all types of ascites, the main symptoms such as shortness of breath and nausea can be reduced effectively during the drainage

Pain-reduced drainage, even of larger quantities – simply and hygienically

If ascites patients develop large quantities of fluid and high pressure in the peritoneal area, or the patient is very sensitive to pain, then drainage without suction is the recommended course of treatment. Conventional gravitational drainage systems can have the disadvantage that blockages (so-called occlusions) in the catheter or valve which are caused by proteins or blood are not always dissolved. These can, for example, develop as a result of longer intervals between drainage sessions. The combined low-vacuum/gravitational bottles in the ASEPT® Drainage Kit L can actively dissolve such occlusions by means of initial suction through the low vacuum. With just one flick of the wrist, the application can subsequently be changed to gravity, thus enabling almost completely pain-free drainage. This might spare the patient visiting the hospital again.

The easy handling is also based on bottles which have self-closing Luer Lock valves which are connected to the catheters implanted in the patients. This valve ensures a stable connection, even after frequent use and without additional safety clip.

For patients with high intraperitoneal pressure as a result of large quantities of fluid, the ASEPT® Drainage Kit L offers not only bottles with a volume of 1,000 ml, but also a larger twin bottle version. Thus up to 3,000 ml of puncture fluid can be drained using just one connection. Besides the new low-vacuum/gravitational solution, pfm medical also offers high-vacuum systems from ASEPT® for rapid drainage of ascites and pleural effusions.

Comprehensive service range for optimum outpatient care

pfm medical rounds off the broad product portfolio with a comprehensive range of services for implanting staff, prescribing physicians, and nursing personnel, as well as patients and their relatives. In this way, there is a holistic solution approach to outpatient treatment of ascites and pleural effusions:

Following the initial contact with pfm medical, the implanting staff, prescribing physicians, nursing personnel and the patient are provided with a personal contact person, who supports in the planning and organization of the entire treatment process – from the implantation through to home-based care and billing.

Together with training of patients and their relatives, the pfm medical service also includes amongst other things information and support for everyone involved in the treatment.

In order to facilitate continuous therapy, pfm medical makes the provision of drainage bottles simple and convenient: After ordering using a prescription issued by a doctor, the bottles are delivered directly to the patient at home within 1-2 working days.


Short profile

pfm medical ranks among the leading German companies in the field of medical technology and services. The Cologne-based family company was founded in 1971, and has more than 500 employees at twelve locations around the world. In 2015, pfm medical realized an EBIT (earnings before interest and taxes) of 4.1 million euros from 102.1 million euros in sales. The medical products supplier has registered more than 80 patents, utility models and trademarks. As a specialist supplier of 3,100 products, the company offers an extensive portfolio which is distributed in more than 100 markets. Its product range covers the four medical fields of application infusion (e.g. infusion pumps and implantable port catheters), histotechnology (e.g. blades and laboratory appliances), cardiovascular technologies (e.g. occlusion implants and special catheters) and surgery (e.g. drainage systems and mesh implants).

pfm medical integrates products and services into a comprehensive solution package. For instance, the company provides training and advice to users such as medical practitioners, nursing staff, patients and their families to ensure optimal therapy outcomes in both inpatient and outpatient healthcare. In the development of innovative solutions in close cooperation with leading medical practitioners and specialist partners, pfm medical invariably focuses on improvements in the quality of work and the quality of life of both users and patients.

About pfm medical mepro and pfm medical msg:

As part of the pfm medical company group, pfm medical mepro GmbH has been developing and producing medical products of the highest quality in Nonnweiler-Otzenhausen since 1978. The portfolio stretches from plastic products for single use, such as drainage sets, through to unique flexible implants which can already be used to permanently repair congenital heart defects in small children. Since 2005 pfm medical msg GmbH has been operating one of the most modern ethylene oxide sterilisation plants in Europe at the same location, where medical products can be also sterilised for other manufacturers.


pfm medical ag 
Ute Ebers 
Head of Corporate Communications 
Wankelstraße 60 
50996 Köln 
T +49 (0)2236 9641-370 
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