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Singapore’s CGH with SUTD creates a bleeding detection device

The BWATCH sensor can integrate into hospital systems like nurses' call systems.

Changi General Hospital, along with the Singapore University of Technology and Design, is having a new sensor development. This sensor is capable of detecting real-time bleeding from the wound sites after going through an invasive medical procedure. This bleeding detection device is rolling out with its use.

This Blood WArning Technology with Continuous Haemologin sensor is a lightweight monitoring device. It places over the patient’s bandage. With the combining of the light absorption properties of hemoglobin with the moisture-detection sensor, this device works uniquely. This device can also differentiate blood from other bodily fluids, and it can detect bleeding episodes.

BWATCH has gone through the testing and validation with an observational clinical trial. However, it has involved 250 patients at CGH. The findings in this trial are having the publication in the journals. The developers are also patenting the device in Singapore and the United States.

According to the statement from CGH, in developing countries like Singapore, it is much more significant. The incidents of acute dialysis have the estimation within the level of 200-300/ million in the population. 

If these patients get infected with the deterioration of the kidney functions, then they will need to undergo hemodialysis. BWATCH also minimizes the risk of bleeding that can occur after the insertion of a catheter during vascular access procedures.

Non-hospital settings can also use it. For the on-site monitoring of the traumatic wounds, it is applicable. Additionally, this device will also work well with the potential integration in the hospital systems.

Foong Shaohui, the associate professor of the Department of Engineering Product Development at SUTD, is much optimistic about the device.

Thus a device for bleeding detection during the cardiac procedure is being in use in the US. Saranas’ Early Bird is having vascular access to the sheath, which is embedded with the sensors for real-time bleeding detection. Well, this invention is having a positive outlook for the future.