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Medical Minute: OhioHealth Grant Medical Center First in World to Use New Device in Trauma Care

Medical Minute - Dr. Spalding

This spring, the trauma team at OhioHealth Grant Medical Center became the first in the world to use Prytime Medical Devices' new pREBOA-PRO™, a partial catheter that is used to stop blood loss in the most severe trauma cases.  

OhioHealth has been using the original REBOA, which is an abbreviation for resuscitative endovascular balloon occlusion of the aorta, since 2017, but this new version improves on that with a capability to work like a dimmer switch that allows blood flow to continue to go to the heart, brain and lungs, which can help prevent future medical issues. 

Chance Spalding, DO, a trauma surgeon at Grant Medical Center, first used the device on a trauma patient from a high speed motor vehicle accident.  

"We didn't have to go in and make any big incisions," said Dr. Spalding.  "We were able to sneak this up and temporarily stop the bleeding to stabilize the patient, so they still had good blood flow to the brain, heart and lungs.  From there, we could go to our interventional radiologist who could put another catheter in, put a coil in that blood vessel and permanently stop the bleeding.  The patient was then able to recover without needing a big surgery."

Prytime Medical is partnering with five trauma centers who have been named a  "Center of Excellence" to introduce this new technology.  Dr. Spalding and the team at Grant will work with those other centers to educate them on using the pREBOA-PRO™ for their patients.

While Dr. Spalding was the first surgeon to use this device, it took a team approach to get to this point.

"There's probably a hundred people who have been involved," said Dr. Spalding.  "Everything from simulation to nursing training to ICU care and operating room care that have really made this program launch off.  And having everyone have that buy in nature has been huge."

To learn more about the pREBOA-PRO™ catheter from Dr. Spalding, check out the video above.  To learn more about trauma services at OhioHealth, click here