How the Hemobag® Works

Whole Blood: The Big Picture

Processing Residual CPB Circuit Whole Blood

How you process this blood changes outcomes

Three Re-infusion Methods:
  • Direct Ann Thorac Surg. 1993;56(4);938-43.
  • Cell Wash JECT. 1996;28(3);134-9
  • Ultrafiltration Perfusion. 2005;20(6);343-9


Fluid shifts in microcirculation, COP, lymphatics and organ edema are the “New Frontier” for improving patient outcomes by perfusionists in cardiac surgery, along with hemostasis when dealing with diluted blood, plasma volume contraction and pushing renal function for fluid balance.


There is increasing evidence that albumin levels possess additional effects on organ perfusion, microcirculation, tissue oxygenation, inflammation, endothelial activation, capillary leakage, and tissue edema that are well beyond just the volume expanding/replacing properties.


Fluid overload is an independent predictor of mortality in cardiac surgical patients as well as an indirect trigger for transfusions, which carries its own evidence for morbidity and mortality.




Final Infusion Volume Contents

NOTE: 90 percent confidences limits for pre-protamine infusion volumes and blood component values. (Proc Amer Soc Extra Corpor Technol. 2006)




Improved Coagulation

Example of typical results when the ECC is returned with the Hemobag®



What is the next evolution of blood processing for the Post-CPB Circuit in CV surgery?

Typically the total 24 hour chest tube drainage is 100-300 mL of serous fluid.
Patients are discharged with no blood products and no complications




Ultrafiltration has the benefit of concentrating whole blood quickly and easily saving all the plasma as well as the RBCs.



Finished product concentrated in 8-10 minutes

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