Home Forums Massive Transfusion Which type of rapid infusion device do you use?

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  • #2232

    Mark Dugas

    Hello everyone.
    We are in the process of exploring new devices for rapid infusion and I was wondering if others had experiences with some of the common rapid infusion devices?
    Specifically, what times to set up during a stat trauma case, speed of warming , and any problems you have had with your devices.
    Any help would be appreciated.
    Thank you

  • #2233

    William Moss

    In northern Colorado, we use the Level One rapid infuser. Setup is pretty quick; just have to make sure there is no air in the lines (<1 min). It warms quickly. Sometimes have to replace the line/system if we are utilizing large amounts of blood products (>30 units).

  • #2234

    Marc Steurer

    Belmont rapid infuser with 3l reservoir, works very well, reliable, small footprint, high capacity, control over infused volume and rate. travels well, too.

  • #2235

    Marc Steurer

    Belmont rapid infuser with 3l reservoir, works very well, reliable, small footprint, high capacity, control over infused volume and rate. travels well, too. (ZSFG)

  • #2236

    Evan Miller

    At Indiana University – Methodist Hospital Level I we are back to Level I’s after a disaster of an experience with the Thermacor last year. Purchased 7, at least two had manufacturing defects giving false air alarms rendering the devices unusable. Also had devices not infusing but saying they were. They were great when they worked but was short lived. The disappointing part was the lack of support from the company after purchase. They basically disappeared after our last meeting and never responded to our requests. Wish we would of just went with the Belmont’s.

    Evan Miller
    Trauma Anesthesia Liaison
    Anesthesia Consultants of Indianapolis

  • #2237

    Chris Bleeker

    In the Radboud University Medical Centre Nijmegen the Netherlands we use the Level one. Often small problems getting the machnen to work without beeping at you. Yesterday we had to apply a sticking plaster to keep the door down and then it worked fine. In all when it works it is good. In the Armed Forces we have the Belmont. Larger volume/min and better airlock they say.

  • #2238

    Mark Dugas

    Great. Thank you all very much for your responses. This is very helpful feedback for us. It is exactly what I was interested in learning.

  • #2411

    Olga Kaslow

    At the Medical College of WI, Milwaukee, we use Belmont rapid infuser with 3l reservoir. We have switched to it from Level 1 infuser a few years ago and are very happy with it.

    Olga Kaslow

  • #2706

    Jeff Wassermann

    Thought I’d add this to the discussion (couldn’t figure out how to add the actual article or I would have)

    Profound Intraoperative Hypotension Associated With Transfusion via the Belmont Fluid Management System
    Joanna Miller, MD,* Sang Kim, MD,† Dieter Adelmann, MD,‡ Bryan Hill, MD,§ Nicolette Schlichting, MD,* Natalie Smith, MD,* Samuel DeMaria Jr, MD,* and Jeron Zerillo, MD

    This retrospective observational case series conducted at 2 large academic centers over a
    4-year period consists of 15 cases of profound hypotension in surgical patients immediately
    after initiation of the Belmont Fluid Management System for rapid transfusion of blood products.
    Halting the infusion and administering vasoactive agents led to resolution of hypotension.
    Repeat transfusion with the Belmont system resulted in repeat hypotension unless counteracted
    with vasopressors. No etiology was elucidated. This represents the largest documented
    association of acute hypotensive transfusion reaction with any rapid infusion system in surgical
    patients. (Anesth Analg 2019;129:e77–e82)

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