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Jan 16, 2015

Spine Overseas Donates Cell Savers

Earlier we told you about the donation to the K.H.M.H. of two cell-saver machines. It’s expected that they will be used in complicated spinal surgeries. But that’s only one aspect of how cell savers can be life savers. These machines actually make the donation of blood for transfusion in serious surgeries obsolete, because it cleans and returns blood to the person losing it. Sounds complicated to us, but of course to medical professionals, it’s not complicated at all – just a very good thing which will improve the quality of medical care at the K.H.M.H.

 

Adrian Coye

Dr. Adrian Coye, Chief Executive officer, K.H.M.H.

“The cell saver has an application in complex surgeries…that you want if there is a potential for lots of bleeding. There is always a risk for transfusions, or blood transfusions…and patients when they read of this risk, even though the practice of blood banking in Belize is of a high quality – the risk is very low to transmit infections – patients may still be paranoid about it or for religious reasons they may decide that I don’t want to receive blood, and this now helps to open that option where now by using this technology blood that is lost actively in the field while doing a major surgery can be harvested, washed and then re-transfused to the patient.”

 

Jarrett Self

Jarrett Self, Product Specialist, Belize Spine Team

“It works on any major surgeries as long as there are no infections on the side, or cancer. And the way it works is that it’s a centrifuge. The blood comes in…the red cells are the heaviest and go to the outside of the bowl and then you take saline and go inside the bowl…and that pushes through the red cell pack and washes the blood. And then after that you run it up into a blood transfer bag, run it through a second filter and then give it back to the patient through an IV.”

 

The machines were donated by an organization known as Hemasource, through the work of Jarrett Self and Spine Overseas.

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