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HackensackUMC Unveils Approach To Measuring Actual Blood Loss

A nurse takes a snapshot of a suction canister using the iPad based Triton System.
A nurse takes a snapshot of a suction canister using the iPad based Triton System. Photo Credit: HUMC

HACKENSACK, N.J. -- Hackensack University Medical Center has adopted an innovative strategy that will integrate new technologies to achieve an accurate measure of blood loss.

The approach will allow health care providers to better assess maternal blood loss in obstetrics and reduce maternal postpartum hemorrhages, placing HackensackUMC on the forefront of obstetrics and maternal health.

“HackensackUMC is pioneering a strategy to measure actual blood loss that will become the new standard of care for not only women’s health, but the healthcare industry as a whole,” said Ihor Sawczuk, executive vice president and chief medical officer at HackensackUMC.

HackensackUMC is the first hospital in the United States to integrate Triton, the world’s first and only FDA-cleared technology for real-time monitoring of surgical blood loss, with the department of obstetrics’ electronic medical record system, Epic, in order to determine quantified blood loss in patients. This is the most precise method of measuring blood loss and a new standard in obstetric care being adopted by health systems nationwide.

Using the Triton iPad application, health care providers capture scans of sponges and canisters during surgery. The images are uploaded to Gauss Surgical’s secure cloud, which processes the images and determines the amount of blood lost. Within a few seconds, the results are automatically uploaded to Epic, which immediately alerts physicians and nurses of blood loss levels and potentially critical levels of loss for each individualized patient.

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