Updates in Trauma * REBOA and SAAP

Updates in Trauma – REBOA and
GSA HEMS Wollongong CGD
August 13th
• Resuscitative Endovascular Balloon Occlusion
of the Aorta.
• First described in 1954 in the Korean War.
• Haemorrhage control below the level of the
chest without having to do an open procedure
(thoracotomy with aortic cross clamping)
• Simple procedure – gain arterial access and
insert a balloon into the aorta and inflate to
control bleeding.
• Endovascular procedure – vascular surgeons
having been using techniques like REBOA for
the last 20 years for ruptured AAA
• Now has expanded into the areas of trauma
and hemorrhagic shock.
• Used as a bridge in haemodynamically
unstable patients to theatre or interventional
REBOA - Technique
• Gain access to the CFA (avoid the SFA as this is too
weak to hold a dilator and will rupture)
• Most common site is the right CFA
• Best level to access the CFA is at the inguinal crease
• In cardiac arrest, open procedure is preferred to
percutaneous approach due to difficulty in cannulating
femoral artery in cardiac arrest (alternatively can use
ultrasound approach)
REBOA - Technique
• Float the wire
– Measure externally to the level of the umbilicus
and the second rib
– Advance wire to the measured depth
– Confirm placement with X-Ray
• Place sheath (12F) – will require a dilator
REBOA - Technique
• Float the balloon, measure externally first;
– Zone 1 is to the level of the xiphoid
– Zone 3 is to the level of the umbilicus
• Inflate the balloon until there is moderate
resistance - no set pressure determined as yet.
This is dependent on the size of the patient but
averages between 12-24 mL. Inflate the balloon
with saline and contrast agent.
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When to use REBOA
Patients who arrive recently dead
Patients who are actively trying to die
Patients with injuries making them prone to try
to die.
• Once arterial access is gained, time for
insertion is usually less than 5 minutes
(average is 90 seconds)
• Duration of inflation (based on experimental
animal models)
– Zone 1; 1.5 hours
– Zone 3; 5 hours
REBOA - Effectiveness
• Literature limited to case reports currently.
• On average the blood pressure increased by
55 mmHg when REBOA was used in one case
• In the other case series of 13 patients, the
blood pressure increased from 41 +/- 26 to
111 +/- 47 mmHg.
REBOA - Prehospital
• London’s HEMS performs the worlds first
prehospital REBOA in July of this year.
• Plans for Sydney HEMS to start using
technology in the next few years.
• Selective aortic arch perfusion (SAAP) is an
experimental resuscitative intervention that
involves the placement of a large-lumen
balloon occlusion catheter in the descending
thoracic aorta via a femoral artery.
• Allows relatively isolated perfusion of the
heart and brain – useful in resuscitation from
medical and traumatic cardiac arrest.
• It differs from REBOA in that the catheter has
ports for infusing oxygen carrying fluids and
vasoactive drugs.
• Inflation of the balloon serves as a functional
aortic cross- clamp and provides for relatively
isolated perfusion of the heart and brain with
an oxygen-carrying perfusate.
• Oxygen carrying fluids include;
– Haemoglobin based oxygen carrier (HBOC)
– Fluorocarbon based carriers (PFC)
– Blood (current prototype)
• SAAP also can be used to deliver metabolic
substrates, vasoactive drugs, and agents to
limit ischemic damage and reperfusioninduced injury.
• Involves insertion of femoral sheath into
femoral artery.
• Catheter is slightly larger than the CODA
balloon used with REBOA to allow for
perfusion and administration of vasoactive
• Balloon inflated to pressure of 150-180
• Blood is infused at 10 ml/kg/min
– 750 mL/min (3 units of blood per minute)
– Infuse for up to 3 minutes in medical cardiac
arrest without volume overload.
• Get venous access at the same time
– Allows you to pull off blood
– Limited body ECMO
• Infuse vasoactive drugs directly to heart and
– Results in improved ROSC
– Intra-aortic adrenaline has minor effect on
coronary and cerebral vasculature. Thought to
shunt blood by vasoconstriction from upper limbs
to heart and brain.
– IA Adrenaline dose is 1/3 of normal.
SAAP - Trauma
• Feasible to float the balloon in the field
• Balloon works as a functional cross clamp and
allows selective perfusion of heart and brain.
• Allows volume replacement
• Next step following a failed REBOA procedure.
EPR – Emergency Preservation &
• Suspended Animation
• Induced hypothermia – cold saline infused to
core temperature of 10 degrees.
• Vital surgery performed to repair injury and
then patient rewarmed on heart-lung bypass
• Estimated downtime of 4 hours
• ER-CAT trial starting with 10 patients
(penetrating trauma)
Summary - REBOA
• Balloon occlusion of the aorta – equivalent to
cross clamping aorta
• Effective in haemorrhagic shock as a bridge to
definitive therapy.
• Has been used clinically in vascular surgery for
the last 20 years – recent expansion into other
areas including trauma
• Planned introduction into NSW prehospital
system soon.
Summary - SAAP
• Experimental procedure with inflation of
balloon in descending aorta.
• Allows selective perfusion and oxygenation of
heart and brain.
• Allows administration of O2 carrying fluid and
vasoactive drugs directly to brain and heart.
• Proposed next step following failed REBOA.
• REBOA review article
– J Trauma. 2011; 71(6);1869
• REBOA case series
– J Trauma. 2010; 68(4);942
– J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2013;75(3);506
– Critical Care Med. 2001;29(11);2067

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