Sisu Global Hemafuse
Sisu Global Health
Hemafuse is a handheld tool for autotransfusion.
The Sisu Global Hemafuse is a manual autotransfusion device is that used to retransfuse a patient’s own blood during an internal hemorrhage. The Hemafuse is in early-stage development and undergoing field trials.
Sub-Saharan Africa countries- Ghana, Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, and Ethiopia
Hospitals, NGO, governments will buy Sisu Global Hemafuse from Sisu and distribute.
The Hemafuse body is projected to cost $50 retail for 50 uses. Each filter is designed to cost $10 retail, and is disposable after each patient. The cost for these filters will be passed onto the patient or to the national health insurance scheme
Direct transfusion via widely used manual procedure commonly used in Sub-Saharan Africa which consists of salvaging blood with a kitchen soup ladle and filtering it with gauze, Cell processors and salvage devices. Devices include: Transmed Transfusion Devices, Cell Saver®, Medtronic autoLog, & Beldico Transfusion set.
Small-batch medical device production.
The Hemafuse will be available for purchase from Sisu and through VIA Global Health by hospital administrators, medical NGO’s, and Ministries of Health.
The Hemafuse is a manual autotransfusion device that functions much like a large syringe to pull blood through a filter and to transport it straight to a blood bag in a closed system. The process is illustrated in the image below. One filter for the Hemafuse can transfuse up to four or five pints of blood.
Sisu provides training and support and can be contacted via their website.
Filters are available separately.
Sisu claims that the Hemafuse takes 1/3 of the time, 1/9 of the staff, and is significantly safer than the traditional soup ladle procedure.
Pre-Clinical testing is currently underway, clinical (human) testing is to be started in late 2015.
Ectopic Pregnancies and Intraoperative Autotransfusion Jennifer Laskey, BSc Philip B Wood, MB FRCS Department of Surgery, ELWA Hospital, Box 10–0192 Monrovia, Liberia. doi: 10.1177/004947559102100308
Priuli, G., Darate, R., Perrin, R. X., Lankoande, J. and Drouet, N. (2009), Multicentre experience with a simple blood salvage technique in patients with ruptured ectopic pregnancy in sub-Sahelian West Africa. Vox Sanguinis, 97: 317–323. doi: 10.1111/j.1423-0410.2009.001215.x
None indicated. Applicable international standards are unknown.
Field trials tracking parameters such as time required, number of staff required, safety and cleanliness.
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