In a hospital the most hectic place is Operation Department. Mostly every single surgery is important.During surgery, anesthesiologists perform many vital roles, and they will soon be getting a new tool in the OR, thanks to a new startup, Gauss Surgical.One of the job roles of an anesthesiologist is to monitor the amount of blood lost by a patient during surgery.
Gauss Surgical saw an opportunity to improve this system and are now using the iPad as the base of a new method to help track blood loss during surgery in real time. This will lead to improved patient outcomes to facilitate better intraoperative fluid management and more appropriate blood transfusions. ”Gauss Surgical Inc.’s mobile medical platform uses the iPad to scan surgical surfaces that are covered in blood — namely, pieces of gauze that soak up blood during surgery. Through an iPad app, those scanned images are sent to the cloud, where Gauss’ algorithms go to work, ‘almost like facial recognition software,’ to determine and deliver an estimate of how much blood is present in that sample, said co-founder and chief technology officer Siddarth Satish.”
Testing data on Gauss’ accuracy of measurement wasn’t shared, but if the company can demonstrate that its method delivers more reliable data than visual estimation, hospitals may also find use for it in delivering valuable data back to their quality departments, like how much total blood they’re losing during surgery and how that compares to national averages. Creating a business model that best leverages those capabilities is still a work in progress, Satish said, but a final business model will likely be similar to models that hospitals are used to seeing with medical devices and software.”