Ten-years ago, the FDA-cleared the Redsense alarm to avoid the life-threatening complication of blood loss during Dialysis Treatments. It was the very first hemodialysis venous blood loss detector cleared by the FDA, and to date, the updated next generation Redsense alarm, introduced in 2014, remains the only venous blood loss detection device cleared by the FDA that is compatible for use with any hemodialysis machine.
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When the Redsense alarm was introduced in the United States, the subject of hemodialysis venous blood loss was noted only as a rare, but serious complication of hemodialysis. At that time, very little was written on the subject, and even less information was available on how to prevent venous blood loss during a dialysis treatment. Patient safety methods included reliance upon dialysis machine venous pressure alarms, which provides little if any protection from blood loss during a treatment related to its notorious unreliability. In addition, enuresis alarms (alarms for involuntary urination or bedwetting especially by children at night) were used to detect blood, however, they do not provide safe and effective protection from blood loss. As with the venous pressure alarm, enuresis alarms are also reported to be unreliable in detecting blood loss. Importantly, they have never been FDA-cleared for detecting hemodialysis venous blood loss. Unfortunately, several companies have repackaged and renamed their bedwetting alarms and sell them on the internet as dialysis blood loss detector alarms to unsuspecting customers.
The real game changer for venous blood loss patient safety worldwide began several years before Redsense alarm was introduced to the United States. Dialysis nurses in Sweden sought help from a university engineering department to have a reliable venous blood loss detection device that worked independently of the dialysis machine. The result is the Redsense alarm, and it has been used extensively throughout Europe before becoming available in the United States. With a high-priority on patient safety, and continuous improvement, Redsense Medical collaborated with dialysis nurses from the European Dialysis and Transplant Nurses Association (EDTNA), and the American Nephrology Nurses Association (ANNA) to review the occurrence of venous blood loss, consequences, and recommend preventative practices and strategies to be used by nephrology nurses, other healthcare professionals, as well as patients and their families. It was found venous blood loss occurs more frequently than originally believed. Patient safety information, including who is at risk, and preventative measures and strategies to prevent venous blood loss was provided to every member of the dialysis nurse’s organizations.
When the Redsense alarm was introduced ten-years ago, it was used primarily in-center and in hospital acute hemodialysis units for high-risk patients. In the past several years, Nephrologists have recommended more patients dialyze at home. Not only is more frequent dialysis better for the individual’s health, but being at home provides a more normal lifestyle. An important factor in providing safe hemodialysis treatments at home is quick and reliable venous blood loss detection. The Redsense alarm provides individuals receiving treatments at home, either with a care partner, or solo with continuous, silent and reliable venous blood loss monitoring.
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Most recently, this year (2017) Redsense released a new catheter sensor. Central venous catheters are used in a variety of hemodialysis settings. Emergency hemodialysis treatments use a catheter, new patients receive treatments through a catheter while their fistula matures, and catheters are used when there is no other available access.
In looking back over the past ten-years, the Redsense alarm has revolutionized hemodialysis venous blood loss detection by raising awareness, promoting patient safety initiatives, and continuing to provide patients with peace of mind knowing they are continuously protected by advanced venous blood loss technology.
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