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Original Article

Hemorrhage Control in Penetrating Cardiac Injury: A New Device Put to the Test in the Advanced Trauma Operative Management (ATOM) Course

Alan R Ziroldo, Estevao Pardi, Andrew Beckett, Jameel Ali

Keywords : Cardiac, Device, Hemorrhage control, Trauma

Citation Information : Ziroldo AR, Pardi E, Beckett A, Ali J. Hemorrhage Control in Penetrating Cardiac Injury: A New Device Put to the Test in the Advanced Trauma Operative Management (ATOM) Course. Panam J Trauma Crit Care Emerg Surg 2019; 8 (1):24-28.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10030-1233

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 04-04-2019

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2019; The Author(s).


Objective: We recently developed a new device to temporize bleeding from penetrating cardiac injuries. To further understand the usefulness of the device, we put it to the test by less experienced physicians. Methods: General surgery residents participating in the “Advanced Trauma Operative Management (ATOM)” course tested the device. Each participant had to control bleeding from a cardiac injury in a swine. A questionnaire was completed and analyzed. Results: The number (n) of participants is 20; 95% of the participants stated that the device controlled the bleeding, 100% considered it easy to use, 80% of the participants had previously seen a cardiac injury, and 35% had experience using a hemorrhage control device in a human heart. Only 15% of the participants had sutured a human heart and 55% an animal heart; 90% responded that they would use the new device clinically. Conclusion: The new device was easy to use and effectively controlled the bleeding in penetrating cardiac injuries regardless of the level of experience of the physician.

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