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Cell salvage: the tech at the cutting edge of blood management

In April 2019, Illinois-based Ecomed Solutions launched HEMAsavR, a blood management device that can be installed in operating theatres to collect a patient’s lost blood during surgery and return it to their body. Known as cell salvage, this technology could have a huge impact on the way surgeries are carried out, bypassing the cost and risk associated with allogeneic blood transfusion.

Extracorporeal organs could save the sickest patients from Covid-19

Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) does the job of the lungs and/or heart, allowing the organs to rest and recover when patients are incredibly sick. According to the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO), the technique could save up to half of the seriously ill Covid-19 patients for whom ventilation isn’t working.