Enhanced Balloon Catheter Better Controls Deep Wound Bleeding

4 February 2010 (Last Updated February 4th, 2010 18:30)

A balloon-inflated device to control bleeding of deep wounds unmanageable by conventional means has been developed by researchers at CardioCommand in the US. The TourniCath can control major bleeding from penetrating trauma including gunshot, shrapnel and stab wounds, and can treat seve

A balloon-inflated device to control bleeding of deep wounds unmanageable by conventional means has been developed by researchers at CardioCommand in the US.

The TourniCath can control major bleeding from penetrating trauma including gunshot, shrapnel and stab wounds, and can treat severe bleeding from the junction of the limbs and the torso, groin and shoulders.

Its outer wall is nylon-coated and the inner wall is a layer of soft polyurethane.

The double-walled inflatable balloon's outer sheath allows medics to insert the device directly into a wound, according to dotmed.com.

CardioCommand's CEO/CTO Dr Mike Ramsey said the TourniCath is more easily deployed than other devices.

"[It] usually takes fewer than 90 seconds to do the whole insertion and inflation," Ramsey said.

The device has been proposed for testing with the US military with the aim of using it to lower the number of preventable deaths of soldiers on the battlefield or in transport to effective medical care.