First Purchase of Triton Fluid Management System for Burn Center Use

UC Irvine to Use Mobile Platform from Gauss Surgical to Estimate Blood Loss During Surgery for Burn Injuries

Los Altos, Calif., February 25, 2015 – Gauss Surgical today announced that UC Irvine Medical Center in Orange, Calif., has purchased the Triton Fluid Management System™, the world’s first and only mobile platform for real-time estimation of surgical blood loss on surgical sponges. The Center will use the Triton System within its UC Irvine Health Regional Burn Center to estimate blood loss during surgeries for patients with burn injuries.

Each year more than 450,000 people are treated for burn injuries with 40,000 requiring hospitalization1. Burn injuries typically require multiple surgeries, and despite blood-conservation techniques, hemorrhage during burn surgery can be substantial, requiring the use of significant blood products. Blood loss and high rates of transfusion are areas of ongoing concern amongst clinicians because of the potential for complications such as infection, adverse reactions and immunosuppression. The ability to limit the use of blood products and not further inhibit recovery times are important aspects of improving the quality of patient care.

“Estimating blood loss and transfusion requirements during burn surgery has always been a challenge,” said Victor Joe, M.D., director of the UC Irvine Health Regional Burn Center. “We pride ourselves on providing our patients the highest caliber of care and Triton complements our advanced surgical techniques in helping us more accurately estimate intraoperative blood loss and improve clinical decision making.”

In addition to utilizing Triton in routine clinical practice, Dr. Joe, and burn center colleague Dr. Nicole Bernal, associate clinical professor in the UC Irvine Health Department of Surgery, intend to further study Triton’s role in recognizing blood loss, reducing unnecessary transfusions and optimizing patient outcomes.

The UC Irvine Health Regional Burn Center, established in 1967, was one of the first burn care facilities in the nation, and is among the most active in the nation today. Each year the center treats more than 600 patients—one-third of them children—for all kinds of burns, from mild to severe and life-threatening. Fewer than 130 burn centers exist today in the United States. UC Irvine is one of the few burn centers in the nation—and the only one in Orange County—to be verified by the American College of Surgeons and the American Burn Association.  

“We’re excited to partner with UC Irvine toward improving surgical care for burn patients,” said Milton B. McColl, M.D., Chief Executive Officer of Gauss Surgical. “We believe Triton can play a major role in the treatment of burn wounds by reducing the cost and complications surrounding burn surgery.”

Triton received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance in May 2014. Triton uses the iPad camera to scan surgical sponges that are covered in blood and sophisticated cloud-based computer vision algorithms to process an estimate of the amount of blood contained on that surface, which it then sends back to the OR in real-time. The system is fully HIPAA compliant, requires minimal training, and seamlessly integrates into existing surgical workflow.

About Gauss Surgical

Founded in 2011 and headquartered in Los Altos, Calif. Gauss is developing a mobile platform for accurate, real-time monitoring of surgical blood loss. The system uses sophisticated cloud-based computer vision algorithms to estimate blood loss. This first-of-kind system gives operating room personnel the means to estimate blood loss on sponges in real time. For more information, go to http://www.gausssurgical.com.

1.       American Burn Association, Burn Incidence and Treatment in the United States: 2013 Fact Sheet (http://www.ameriburn.org/resources_factsheet.php)

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