A low-cost auto-transfusion device by Sisu Global

Abell Foundation invests in Baltimore medical device maker
Image provided by Chiaki Kawajiri via Baltimore Sun

Hemafuse is a handheld, hand-operated device. It suctions blood from body cavities and filters said blood for re-transfusion in patients that are hemorrhaging (i.e. bleeding profusely). “Company leaders saw a need for such devices in hospitals, rural areas and conflict zones, where standard equipment is too expensive or unusable. It will begin sales in Africa,” the Baltimore Sun reports. Supposedly, soup ladles are the best available option in many situations. That’s right – soup ladles. A team of clinicians will spend ~30 min scooping out pooled blood from a body cavity using…soup ladles.

*shudders*