Cardiac surgery

Cardiac surgery patients require intensive monitoring, both during surgery and in the following hours or days. Cardiopulmonary bypass support can lead to substantial changes in blood chemistry due to the effects of priming solution, blood loss and profound temperature change in the patient.

Blood tests may be carried out every 30 minutes during surgery and at hourly or two hourly intervals in the first day of recovery. Such a high frequency of testing can contribute to the overall blood loss experienced by these patients, and blood conservation best practice is an important aspect of avoiding complications.

The Proxima system allows rapid measurement of arterial blood gases, electrolytes and glucose levels directly at the bedside. This can speed up the time to results, even in a highly optimised care setting. In addition, use of Proxima can reduce the time that nurses are away from the patient in the intensive care unit, an important consideration in the care of unstable patients.

Proxima operates as a closed system, returning all blood to the patient and supporting blood conservation in this vulnerable group.

To arrange a demonstration of Proxima, contact Sphere Medical.