New app tracks blood loss during birth

New app tracks blood loss during birth
Doctors now have a new system designed to detect bleeding problems early to prevent a crisis. (Source: WRAL-TV & NBC News)

(KAIT) - Doctors now have a new system designed to detect bleeding problems early to prevent a crisis.

Delivery room staff are trained to make educated guesses about blood loss, but underestimating hemorrhaging can delay the proper response.

UNC-Rex Women's and Children's Hospital invested in a new system called triton created by gauss surgical.

Dr. Katherine Barrett says ipod technology is used to scan blood soaked items as well as these blood-filled canisters during c-sections.

“Here at REX, we are fortunate to have a system that is able to separate all that out and give us the true and accurate, minute by minute blood loss,” Dr. Barrett said.

The system measures blood hemoglobin. If a lap sponge is over-saturated, the item is weighed on a scale.

A blood loss total is displayed on the screen.

Pregnancy doctors and birthing centers typically screen for hemorrhaging risks -- like a history of similar incidents, multiple births, and pregnancies involving twins or triplets.

Click here for more information on this new app.

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