In 2014 Gavriel D. Meron, founder and former CEO of Given Imaging, the Company that successfully brought the PillCam to the world, partnered with Texas-based Lifestream Purification Systems to form HyGIeaCare, Inc. to bring the HyGIeaCare FDA-cleared Prep System and Prep procedure exclusively to the GI world.
The goal of HyGIeaCare is to provide unique services and solutions to gastroenterologists to deliver better GI outcomes for their patients and their practice through a chain of HyGIeaCare Centers to be established in the US and throughout the world.
In the US, 14.5M screening colonoscopies are performed each year, and this number is growing annually. According to the recently released US Multi-Society Task Force Consensus Statement on Adequate Bowel Cleansing for Colonoscopy, up to 20 – 25 percent of all colonoscopies are reported to have an inadequate bowel preparation. An incomplete standard prep makes it difficult to detect precancerous lesions. Current prep is also burdensome. There is clearly a need for a better way to prep colons.
HyGIeaCare® has a significant role in preparing patients for colonoscopy. To date more than 10,000 patients have performed and paid out of pocket for HyGIeaCare prep.
These patients had excellent outcomes with 97% adequacy of cleanliness for colonoscopy reported by over 50 physicians, 95% patient willingness to repeat, with excellent patient feedback – and zero severe adverse events.
Additionally, our HyGIeaCare Centers are being utilized successfully for constipated patients, as shown in a first peer reviewed publication with excellent data showing that HyGIeaCare relief for constipation is safe and effective (175 patients, 100% BMs and relief, zero severe adverse events). The actual paper can be viewed here
For hospitals there are significant advantages of adopting hygieacare including:
HyGIeaCare has developed and validated a proprietary and stringent set of protocols (Standard Operating Procedures = SOPs) and Training Course for nurses and techs so that we are consistently replicating the excellent results in the HyGIeaCare Centers
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Gentle bowel prep for colon cleansing, RX based - such as before radiological or endoscopic examination (FDA-cleared)
Through a gentle infusion of warm, gravity-flow, filtered water
To effectively cleanse the colon
At HyGIeaCare Centers
Over 12,000 patients chose HyGIeaCare® Prep
Excellent GI feedback on colon cleanliness 98% adequately clean
Excellent patient satisfaction
96% prefer HyGIeaCare® Prep again for their next colonoscopy!
*Of the 1,727 consecutive patients who had a colon irrigation prep at the HyGIeaCare Center in Austin, TX, between November 2015 and November 2016, 1,670 (97%) of the patients were rated as adequate or had a BBPS > 5 which has been shown to be significant in the detection of polyps.