Establishing vascular access, a basic component of a variety of interventional procedures, involves the risk of internal bleeding at the site of vascular entry. Undetected bleeding around the access site presents a number of complications that would otherwise be prevented with a simple application of hand pressure.
Saranas, a new company out of Texas, has developed a device that can detect bleeding in real time and sound an alarm once 30cc’s of blood entered the perivascular space.
The device works by monitoring the complex bioimpedance in real-time and after immediate signal processing notifying the surgeon or cardiologist of a potential problem.
By detecting the bleeding far earlier than usual the extent of the complication will be significantly diminished.
The prototype has been tested in a number of large animal studies, has been presented at the American Heart Association’s national meeting, and is patent-protected.