Quick Balloon Method Battles Heavy Bleeding

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The balloon catheter-based technique is a simple, quick, non-invasive method that helped 2,000 patients already. 

Hemorrhage stops after 2 minutes

The novel instrument was invented during wartime for the soldiers bleeding out from the IED blasts. The procedure imitates the coronary arteries surgery unblocking system in the cases of heart disease. The device consists of a narrow tube that introduces a small balloon. The innovative device takes only 2 minutes to be mounted into the femoral artery and then in the aorta.

“The job of the angioplasty balloon is to dilate the artery to get it to open up; this one is to just occlude the artery and block the flow (with) the balloon so you stop bleeding,” said Dr. Andrew Beckett. In 45 minutes the state of the patients can improve considerably. It keeps blood circulation balance in the whole body, brain, lungs, and heart.

“These are very sick patients and in a lot of cases, if you don’t get the balloon up, the patient can exsanguinate in five minutes.” The potential benefits are not stopping here.

No chest surgery

The device named ER-REBOA catheter substitutes the procedure of opening the chest to stop the bleeding. The chest surgical wounds would take many weeks to recover.

“This is a much more elegant technique,” added Dr. Andrew Beckett. “By allowing us to rapidly control bleeding, (the catheter) saves lives, requires fewer blood transfusions and reduces morbidity associated with major open surgery.”

Doctors’ training 

The lieutenant-colonel Beckett and chief of general surgery and trauma in the Canadian Army heard rumors about the effective bleeding stopper. He decided then to give it a try. The catheter was officially approved for surgical purpose in 2017. Unfortunately, until now the Montreal hospital from Canada is the single hospital that introduced successfully this new life-saving procedure.

 “We’re not ready for this in Canada yet, but some countries like the United Kingdom have put the catheter in pre-hospital environments and brought the patients to trauma centres,” Beckett said.

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