A NEW machine at Mackay Base Hospital - the first of its kind in regional Queensland - will save the lives of patients being treated after road crashes, birth complications or surgery.
The ROTEM (rotational thromboelastometry) machine, roughly the size of a large desktop computer, helps diagnose the cause of massive bleeding, according to Intensive Care Unit staff specialist Dr Anni Paasilahti.
It will also reduce the use of precious blood products by 75%.
"When a patient is bleeding significantly, the blood stops clotting properly. The ROTEM results are rapidly available which leads to faster correction of the clotting system,” Dr Paasilahti explained.
"This will use less blood products and reduce the risk of complications for patients. "With every blood transfusion there is the potential for a complication so being able to reduce this is a benefit. Patients who receive large transfusions face extra risks.” see link here for full article