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Use of a plant-based polysaccharide hemostat for the treatment of sternal bleeding after median sternotomy

, : Use of a plant-based polysaccharide hemostat for the treatment of sternal bleeding after median sternotomy. Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 10(): 59-59

In cardiac surgery profuse or persistent sternal bleeding after sternotomy is routinely controlled with bone wax. However, bone wax should be avoided, especially in high-risk patients for nonunion of the sternum and infections. Purpose of this study was to evaluate an alternative technique to control bleeding after medium sternotomy using a plant based absorbable polysaccharide hemostat. A consecutive series of 38 patients requiring median sternotomy for coronary artery bypass surgery (21 OPCAB, 17 CABG) had sternal bleeding control with the polysaccharide hemostat, STARSIL® HEMOSTAT. This hemostat is a hydrophilic powder, which achieves hemostasis after topical application at the surgical wound site. Initially it dehydrates blood rapidly, thus accelerating aggregation of platelets and blood solids. Thereafter, it forms a gelled adhesive matrix, which serves as a mechanical barrier against further bleeding. The polysaccharide is completely resorbed within 48 to 72 hours. Satisfactory control of sternal bleeding was observed in 37 patients (97%). No product-related complications were observed or any other major adverse events in an observation period of 3 months. Polysaccharide hemostats appear to be safe and effective for bleeding control of the sternum.


PMID: 25902769

DOI: 10.1186/s13019-015-0263-4

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