Belmont® Rapid Infuser Saves Life of Woman with Massive Bleeding
The Belmont® Rapid Infuser is credited with helping to save the life of a woman with massive hemorrhage resulting from a motor vehicle collision.
The 41-year-old female was an unrestrained driver in a collision with no known past medical history. Radiographic studies revealed thoracic injury and massive blood loss. The challenge was to resuscitate the patient with multiple injuries including laceration of the atrial/caval junction (connection of the main vein returning blood to the heart) and to provide red blood cells, fresh frozen plasma and platelets in a manner which would maximize hemostatsis in addition to replacing volume.
In the operating room, a radial arterial line and two central lines (internal jugular and femoral) were placed. The Belmont® Rapid Infuser was used to infuse 44 units of packed red blood cells, 20 units of fresh frozen plasma, 12 liters crystalloid and 12 units of platelets. Temperature on leaving the OR was 360C.
At the conclusion of the surgery, the patient was transported to the ICU for postoperative care and subsequently discharged to home one month later.
Belmont Instrument Corporation has developed a number of reliable and innovative medical devices since its founding in 1980. The Belmont Rapid Infuser is currently used to save lives in more than 35,000 procedures per year in hospitals throughout the world and has been used under the most stressful conditions to save the lives of numerous soldiers and civilians in the war zone in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Belmont offers the Belmont® Rapid Infuser, the Belmont® buddy series of close-to-the patient blood warmers, and in 2008 introduced the Belmont® Hyperthermia Pump – for safe and effective hyperthermic therapy.
All of Belmont's products are made in the USA at its facility in Billerica, MA.
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Belmont Instrument Corp offers reliable, portable, and easy to use fluid management devices. The Belmont Rapid Infuser saves lives in more than 35,000 procedures annually in hospitals throughout the world.