Resuscitative Endovascular Balloon Occlusion of the Aorta (REBOA)
REBOA is a minimally invasive technique using a balloon catheter to temporarily occlude large vessels in support of hemorrhage control.
Hemorrhage leads to cardiovascular collapse and death unless blood flow to the heart muscle and brain is maintained. For patients with truncal hemorrhage, resuscitative aortic occlusion helps maintain blood flow to these critical organs until the hemorrhage can be definitively controlled via surgery.
Until REBOA, resuscitative aortic occlusion required an invasive surgical procedure which resulted in high mortality and significant resource usage.