Hemorrhaging No Longer Means Patients Will Automatically Die
Every four seconds, someone in the U.S. suffers a trauma, and every three minutes one of those trauma patients dies. And 70 percent of those in fatal car wrecks, shootings, or other traumas bleed to death before they ever make it to the hospital.
They don’t have to die.
Improving survival odds is a constant quest at CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center - Bergan Mercy. Just arriving at a Level I Trauma Center, such as CUMC - Bergan Mercy's, lowers the risk of death from trauma by 25 percent.
Now CUMC - Bergan Mercy trauma surgeons are further improving the odds with a new minimally invasive solution for hemorrhage control called Resuscitative Endovascular Balloon Occlusion of the Aorta or REBOA. CHI Health’s Level I Trauma Center is the first to offer this life-saving tool in the state.
“The more techniques we have in our armamentarium the better the opportunity to save a life,” said Trauma Surgeon and Director of the Trauma Program Juan A. Asensio, MD.
REBOA is an innovative technique that allows the trauma surgeon to insert a balloon catheter to temporarily occlude the aorta and control hemorrhaging. Before, hemorrhaging led to cardiopulmonary arrest secondary to exsanguinating hemorrhage and death when blood flow could not be maintained. The only surgical procedure that could be used previously was resuscitative thoracotomy with cross-clamping, an endovascular procedure that not only was invasive but resulted in high mortality.