A hand-held coagulation diagnostic
Case Study – HIGHLAND BIOSCIENCES LTD
Patients that suffer major trauma, for example through road traffic accidents, experience unpredictable changes in their ability to form blood clots meaning that a single therapeutic approach does not control bleeding in all patients. Viscoelastic coagulation diagnostic tests exist to support the surgeon: these identify patients who would benefit from a transfusion against those who are better served by coagulation promoting drugs. The very latest equipment available is complex to use and bulky, needing to be sited in a temperature and vibration controlled area. It is not practical to deliver these diagnostics directly at the point of need in most cases, and for that reason is not widely used. A hand-held coagulation diagnostic could drastically improve patient care. Highland Biosciences believes the detection technology it has developed is suited to hand-held use, being robust, miniature and can be used in the emergency department before the patient reaches surgery, whilst matching the sensitivity of the current diagnostic tests.