Blood Flow and Hemorrhagic Shock
At America’s trauma centers, burn centers, and critical care units approximately 9% of all deaths are a result of shock. The statistics are even more staggering in military field hospitals, where shock in a contributing factor in over 50 percent of soldiers fatalities.
Shock is caused by hemorrhage or blood loss. During the first stages of hemorrhage, the body compensates by attempting to clot the bleed and to move blood to the body’s vital organs. In the case of internal bleeding, vital parameters such as blood pressure and heart rate remain essentially constant until the body can no longer compensate and the patient’s condition suddenly becomes critical. Emergency departments, trauma centers, and military field physicians have a critical need for a simple, easy-to-use, and reliable method of monitoring the onset of hemorrhagic shock.
Scientists at RMD are developing an optical capillary blood flow monitor based on our DCS technology. This is a simple patch which attaches to the skin and contains a single power source, multiple detectors, and a multichannel hardware correlator. Clinical and animal studies of this device are ongoing at the Mayo Clinic.
Ongoing testing of RMD’s hemorrhagic shock monitor at the Mayo Clinic.