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Medical director Lars Fjetland talks about the REBOA technique. Photo: Camilla Lunde, Greater Stavanger


Tools from oil and medicine can save lives

11.12.2016

Norway Pumps & Pipes arranged a lunch seminar December 9th 2016 where the project "REBOA-SUS and medical applications of micro-sondes" was presented.

The project is one of five pilot projects that have been granted funding from Norway Pumps & Pipes.

Stops bleeding with a balloon
The project manager of REBOA-SUS Lars Fjetland, medical director at the department of interventional radiology at Stavanger University Hospital (SUS), said that the main goal of the project is to develop and commercialize a technique called "REBOA" (Resuscitative- Endovascular Balloon Occlusion of the Aorta). REBOA stops internal bleeding by using a catheter and a balloon. Through a puncture of the artery in the groin (femoral artery) a catheter with a balloon at the tip can be entered in the aorta. When the balloon is inflated inside the aorta bleeding from injured arteries below the balloon will stop immediately. This ensures blood supply to vital organs such as the heart and the brain. Fjetland told that 60-70% of the patients with internal bleeding dies, and the technique may therefore reduce mortality considerably. Severe bleeding in the pelvis has a mortality rate of 28%. - I am convinced that this technique saves lives, says the medical director.
 
Will measure the effect of REBOA by using knowledge and technology from oil & gas
The project's innovation is a tailored REBOA box that will make it possible to perform REBOA easily and securely. Here, all the equipment will be adapted and combined in one box. In the box, there is also built in an ultrasound guidance device.
To measure the effect of REBOA, and to control the treatment, the catheter may be equipped with sensors that measure various important parameters such as blood pressure and oxygen csaturation. One of the project activities will therefore be to identify micro-sensor technology that could be useful for the REBOA technique. IRIS and SINTEF ICT have developed miniature sensors, μSondes, for oil and gas production applications. Experience and knowledge from the μSondes project will be used in the REBOA project.
 
Exciting link between medicine and oil
A record number of 40 participants followed the presentation at the Norway Pumps & Pipes seminar. The attendees expressed that they thought it was an exciting link between medicine and oil. - Norway Pumps & Pipes can give us an opportunity to develop a better product by implementing algorithms for pressure control of the balloon, said Fjetland. He says that their focus has been to develop this technique so it can be used outside the hospital, but the box can of course also be used in an emergency hospital.
 
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