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QinFlow and 410 Medical Further Resuscitation Care through Warming and Rapid Blood and Fluid Delivery

Plano, TX, October 26, 2021 – QinFlow, the manufacturer of the portable blood and IV warming Warrior product line, is proud to announce its ability to warm both blood and fluid when used in conjunction with the LifeFlow PLUS Blood & Fluid Infuser. The Warrior is a high-performance blood/IV fluid warmer for all pre-hospital and in-hospital emergency settings that features high performance, simplicity of operation, and portability, among others.

CEO Ariel Katz stated, “The Warrior is the only technology in the market that can effectively warm at rapid pulsatile flows due to a unique heat exchange process that provides excellent thermal transfer efficiency. The aluminum-free fluid path and highly robust mechanical structure provide additional layers of safety and durability. Our affordable consumable design provides commercial incentives and ensures best performance at the lowest cost.”

He added, “We feel privileged to work together to provide an emergent resuscitation technology that enables emergency personnel to effectively treat the sickest patients when time is of the essence and minutes truly matter.”

The LifeFlow PLUS is a portable, easy-to-use, device that allows faster and more efficient delivery of blood products and fluids when compared to traditional methods such as pressure bags or gravity infusion.   Kyle Chenet, CEO of 410 Medical, commented, “An emergent trauma patient with hemorrhagic shock requires immediate blood transfusion. When used together LifeFlow PLUS and Warrior can deliver a unit of warmed blood products in two minutes, allowing the provider to quickly stabilize and reassess the patient.”

About QinFlow

Since 2009 QinFlow (short for Quality in Flow) has worked to develop and perfect a proprietary fluid warming technology (patented) that delivers unparalleled levels of warming efficiency. The company’s flagship line of products – the Warrior – provides front-end rescue teams, first responders, critical care transport teams, and emergency care professionals within the hospital with a high performance, reliable, simple to operate, and completely portable blood and IV fluid warming device that operates flawlessly in all environmental conditions in order to fight hypothermia and help in saving lives. QinFlow is headquartered in Rosh Ha’ayin (Israel) and Plano TX (USA). For more information on QinFlow and the Warrior modular system, visit www.qinflow.com. For more information regarding this press release and about our guidelines and disclaimers concerning the warming of intermittent flows, contact us at info@qinflow.com.

About 410 Medical

Based in Durham, NC, 410 Medical develops innovative products that enable frontline medical providers to improve care for critically ill patients. 410 Medical’s first product family, the LifeFlow infusion system, is designed for patients in urgent need of rapid volume resuscitation. LifeFlow has been implemented at hospitals and EMS agencies across the United States. For more information visit www.410medical.com.

For more information on QinFlow and the Warrior line of warmers, visit www.qinflow.com or contact us at info@qinflow.com.

For more information on 410 Medical or on LifeFlow PLUS visit www.410medical.com or contact us at info@410medical.com.

Disclaimers

  • This Press Release does not serve as a recommendation to use LifeFlow PLUS nor any other flow-inducing method. This decision remains at the sole discretion of the clinician.
  • The Warrior configurations should be used in accordance with the applicable Instructions for Use (IFU) and labelling. In any case of conflict, the IFU guidelines shall govern. Users seeking to operate the devices in tandem with the LifeFlow PLUS rapid infuser should be familiar with each device/method use instructions, which should be followed at all times.
  • Contact QinFlow and 410 Medical to learn about the guidelines and limitations of using each device.

CODAN & QinFlow Collaborate to Infuse Warm Blood Faster in Emergency Situations

Plano, September 28, 2021 – QinFlow, the manufacturer of the Warrior line of top-performance and portable blood and IV fluid warming solutions for the entire continuum of emergency care, is proud to announce that the Warrior line has now been validated to effectively and safely warm rapid intermittent flows like those generated by CODAN’s new high-flow hand pump.

The transfer of blood and blood components has become indispensable in everyday clinical practice, and CODAN has accumulated over 60 years of experience in designing transfusion sets for blood and blood components that are suitable for gravity and pressure administration (with compatible volumetric infusion pumps) as well as for pressure cuff driven transfusion applications. Recently, CODAN completed the development of a new high-flow hand pump transfusion set, catalog number B8021-TF. This new hand pump has been designed to deliver blood to the sickest patients more effectively, especially in the prehospital settings, where rapid infusion options are fairly limited. Since a particular service provider contemplates to use the products together, CODAN and QinFlow collaborated to validate that the Warrior blood warmer can keep up and effectively warm blood/fluids to body temperature despite the rapid pulsation flows that the new infuser generates.

Following the validation process, the Warrior line now verifiably warms blood/fluids to body temperature, even when rapid intermittent flows of very cold fluids are applied via CODAN’s high-flow hand pump, within the manufacturer’s guidelines for use (see disclaimers below). “It’s not our job to tell our customers how to infuse blood/fluids to patients; however, if they select to use rapid intermittent infusion methods such as the one provided by the new CODAN high-flow hand pump, they should be excited to learn that the Warrior has been validated for this challenging task”, explains Ariel Katz, CEO of QinFlow Inc.

Mike Thompson, President and CEO of CODAN, Inc., says: “We developed the new high-flow hand pump in order to help save lives in critical settings. Our vision is that this new high-flow hand pump will support EMS providers to deliver blood/fluids at the right flow and temperature when used with the Warrior to meet the customer requirements. We would like to thank the QinFlow team for investing in the validation that determined that the Warrior device can cope with the intermittent flows that our new high-flow pump generates. Together, we believe we are delivering the optimal patient outcomes for blood/fluid infusing and warming. This collaboration between CODAN and QinFlow underscores, once again, the critical importance of an open dialogue between industry players for the purpose of achieving breakthrough improvements in standard of care.”

We feel privileged to support CODAN on this project”, replies Mr. Katz. He explains: “New field requirements like the one presented to us by CODAN allow us to improve our products so that emergency personnel that rely on our solutions will be able to deliver the best possible care to their sickest patients. Therefore, we viewed it as our responsibility to proactively engage in this validation effort for the benefits of the diverse communities that we help serve.”

Mr. Katz goes on to explain the challenge associated with warming fluids infused intermittently: “Rapid, intermittent flow changes pose great challenges on traditional blood and IV fluid warmers, which were typically designed to handle constant flows generated by gravity, pressure bag, or electro-mechanical pump. To our knowledge, our technology is the only technology in the market that possesses all the prerequisites to effectively warm rapid intermittent flows, such as real-time sensing, superb heat-transfer efficiency, relaxed heat exchange process, and highly robust mechanical structure.” Mr. Katz continues: “We designed our cutting-edge warming platform (patented) to be flexible enough so that we can promptly and effectively validate it against the ever-evolving clinical requirements and use scenarios. Our aluminum-free fluid path and affordable consumable design provide additional layers of safety and commercial incentives, respectively. The bottom line is that the Warrior portable solutions deliver the best performance at the lowest cost of ownership; a true win-win approach. Now, with the completion of the validation process for intermittent flows, this price-performance gap is becoming larger than ever”, he concludes.

For more information on QinFlow, the Warrior line of warmers, and intermittent flow handling, visit www.qinflow.com or contact us at info@qinflow.com.

For more information on CODAN or on the new high-flow hand pump visit www.codanusa.com/products/.

About QinFlow

Since 2009 QinFlow (short for Quality in Flow) has worked to develop and perfect a proprietary fluid warming technology (patented) that delivers unparalleled levels of warming efficiency. The company’s flagship line of products – the Warrior – provides front-end rescue teams, first responders, critical care transport teams, and emergency care professionals within the hospital with a high performance, reliable, simple to operate, and completely portable blood and IV fluid warming device that operates flawlessly in all environmental conditions in order to fight hypothermia and help in saving lives. QinFlow is headquartered in Rosh Ha’ayin (Israel) and Plano TX (USA). For more information on QinFlow and the Warrior modular system, visit www.qinflow.com. For more information regarding this press release and about our guidelines and disclaimers concerning the warming of intermittent flows, contact us at info@qinflow.com.

About CODAN

Known throughout the industry as “The decisive connection,” CODAN is recognized amongst users as a manufacturer and distributor of medical devices, resulting from more than 60 years of research and development.  As a global partner to the medical device industry with Danish roots and production sites in five countries, CODAN contributes to the safe care of patients worldwide through reliable and innovative solutions in the fields of infusion and transfusion therapy.  The CODAN product range is the result of a consistent development policy based on market demand.  The foundation is a continued evaluation of the clinical requirements, together with extensive training and regular exchange of knowledge and experience between practitioners and CODAN.

Disclaimers

  • This Press Release does not serve as a recommendation to use CODAN high-flow hand pump nor any other flow-inducing method. This decision remains at the sole discretion of the clinician.
  • The Warrior configurations should be used in accordance with the applicable Instructions For Use (IFU) and labelling. In any case of conflict, the IFU guidelines shall govern. Users seeking to operate the devices in tandem with the CODAN high-flow hand pump should be familiar with each device/method use instructions, which should be followed at all times.
  • Contact QinFlow to learn about the guidelines and limitations of using the Warrior with CODAN B8021-TF.

San Antonio Fire Department & QinFlow collaborate to deliver better patient outcome in emergency situations

PLANO, Texas – QinFlow, the manufacturer of the Warrior line of top-performance and portable blood and IV fluid warming solutions for the entire continuum of emergency care, is proud to announce that the Warrior line has now been validated to effectively and safely warm rapid intermittent flows like those generated by push-pull methods and hand pumps.

This breakthrough accomplishment is the result of an active collaboration between the nationally acclaimed San Antonio Fire Department (SAFD) — the first metropolitan fire department worldwide to carry whole blood prehospitally — and QinFlow. SAFD’s whole blood program has made a life and death difference for a growing number of survivors since 2018.  In an effort to further improve patient outcome, SAFD’s medical team contemplated to introduce a new high-flow hand pump infuser, which was developed in accordance with the team’s specifications, with the intention to deliver blood to the sickest patients more effectively. Since keeping trauma patients warm is critically important so as to combat the lethal ‘triad of death’, the team approached their warmer vendor, QinFlow, and asked them to validate that the Warrior blood warmer can keep up and effectively warm blood/fluids to body temperature despite the rapid pulsation flows that the new infuser generates.

QinFlow reacted favorably to the challenge, and following validation process, the Warrior line now verifiably warms blood/fluids to body temperature, even when rapid intermittent flows of very cold fluids are applied, within the manufacturer’s guidelines for use. “This is great news for any EMS agency and hospital’s emergency teams that apply such rapid intermittent infusion methods”, explains Ariel Katz, Chief Executive Officer of QinFlow Inc.

Ramon Casanova, Assistant Chief SAFD EMS, says: “We applaud our partner QinFlow for the professionalism and dedication in which they carried their validation process”. Chief Casanova continues: “We understand that this has been a resource-intensive process and we would like to thank the QinFlow team for making this investment. The outcome of these efforts include a validated warming solution as well as clear guidelines that assist our ever-lasting efforts to deliver better patient outcomeThis collaboration between SAFD and QinFlow underscores, once again, the critical importance of an open dialogue between providers and industry players for the purpose of achieving breakthrough improvements in standard of care.”

“We feel privileged to support SAFD’s medical team on this project”, replies Mr. Katz. He explains: “New field requirements like the one presented to us by SAFD allow us to improve our products so that emergency personnel that rely on our solutions will be able to deliver the best possible care to their sickest patients. Therefore, we viewed it as our responsibility to proactively engage in this validation effort for the benefits of the diverse communities that we help serve.”

Mr. Katz goes on to explain the challenge associated with warming fluids infused intermittently: “Rapid, intermittent flow changes pose great challenges on traditional blood and IV fluid warmers, which were typically designed to handle constant flows generated by gravity, pressure bag, or electro-mechanical pump. To our knowledge, our technology is the only technology in the market that possesses all the prerequisites to effectively warm rapid intermittent flows, such as real-time sensing, superb heat-transfer efficiency, relaxed heat exchange process, and highly robust mechanical structure.” Mr. Katz continues: “We designed our cutting-edge warming platform (patented) to be flexible enough so that we can promptly and effectively validate it against the ever-evolving clinical requirements and use scenarios. Our aluminum-free fluid path and affordable consumable design provide additional layers of safety and commercial incentives, respectively. The bottom line is that the Warrior portable solutions deliver the best performance at the lowest cost of ownership; a true win-win approach. Now, with the completion of the validation process for intermittent flows, this price-performance gap is becoming larger than ever”, he concludes.

For more information on QinFlow, the Warrior line of warmers, and intermittent flow handling, visit www.qinflow.com or contact us at info@qinflow.com.

For more information on SAFD blood program, contact SAFD at firepio@sanantonio.gov.

About QinFlow
Since 2009 QinFlow (short for Quality in Flow) has worked to develop and perfect a proprietary fluid warming technology (patented) that delivers unparalleled levels of warming efficiency. The company’s flagship line of products – the Warrior – provides front-end rescue teams, first responders, critical care transport teams, and emergency care professionals within the hospital with a high performance, reliable, simple to operate, and completely portable blood and IV fluid warming device that operates flawlessly in all environmental conditions in order to fight hypothermia and help in saving lives. QinFlow is headquartered in Rosh Ha’ayin (Israel) and Plano TX (USA). For more information on QinFlow and the Warrior modular system, visit www.qinflow.com. For more information regarding this press release and about our guidelines and disclaimers concerning the warming of intermittent flows, contact us at info@qinflow.com.

EFFECTIVELY WARMING BLOOD & IV FLUIDS TRANSFUSED THROUGH RAPID INTERMITTENT (BOLUS) FLOW METHODS

QinFlow is proud to announce that the Warrior line is now validated to effectively warm rapid intermittent (aka “bolus”) flows generated via various intermittent transfusion techniques to accelerate the delivery of blood and fluid products to critically-ill patients.

WHAT ARE INTERMITTENT (BOLUS) FLOWS?

Emergency teams often apply pressure bag to accelerate the flow of blood and fluid products to critically-ill patients or use electro-mechanical pump to control the flow rate or the total volume delivered. Both methods deliver a fairly constant flow. However, in many instances, and especially for the sickest patients, emergency teams may apply various types of flow-inducing methods to accelerate the flow of blood/fluids to patients, control the volume (e.g. as typical for pediatric patients), or both. These methods typically generate intermittent (or bolus) flow pattern. Popular methods include the “push-pull” method, and a hand pump. A new device called the LifeFlow® PLUS introduces an intuitive and novel method of rapid delivery. Irrespective of the flow-inducing method used, it is important to note that all these methods generate rapid flows that are delivered intermittently; that is, a fast pulse of high flow followed by short period of no-flow (in which the device is reloaded with blood/fluid), and so on, until the transfusion ends.

HOW DO PREVAILING WARMERS DEAL WITH THE INTERMITTENT-FLOW CHALLENGE?

The potentially aggressive nature of the intermittent flows generated by the techniques listed above poses great challenges on prevailing blood and IV fluid warming devices, which were predominantly designed to handle constant flows generated by gravity, pressure bag, or mechanical pump. In order for the warmers to sufficiently perform, the warmers typically require the following 4 characteristics:

  1. Real-Time Sensing: continuous, real-time sensing is required in order to promptly identify changes in the flow so that the warmer will be able to react to these changes in a fast manner;
  2. High Delivery Rate / High Efficiency: high delivery rate of 180ml/min or higher for 4°C fluid/blood is required in order to properly warm the intermittent flows before they reach the patient. High efficiency is required so as to effect immediate changes in the warming profile;
  3. Sufficient Priming Volume: sufficient priming volume is required in order to warm the rapid flows and yet ensure safe (i.e. incremental and relaxed) heat transfer process to the fluids/blood; and
  4. Robust Mechanical Structure: robust mechanical structure is required in order to address the elevated pressure that these techniques often generate.

To the best of our knowledge, the Warrior line is the only technology in the market nowadays that can effectively address these aggressive intermittent flows:

  1. Real-Time Sensing: a sensor array embedded on the Warrior’s disposable unit measures fluids/blood temperature hundreds of times per second and the system adjusts the heating distribution accordingly so as to ensure 38°C ±2°C output;
  2. High Delivery Rate / High Efficiency: with its high battery capacity and nearly 100% warming efficiency (patented technology), the Warrior line is capable of delivering up to 180 (Warrior lite with Extra Power battery) and 200 (Warrior and Warrior EXTREME) ml/min for 4°C fluids/blood. With AC power source, the Warrior can deliver up to 290 ml/min for 4°C fluids/blood (Warrior AC);
  3. Sufficient Priming Volume: comfortable 19ml priming volume facilitate the warming of the rapid flows while ensuring safe heat exchange process; and
  4. Robust Mechanical Structure: the Warrior consumable was validated to withstand the elevated pressure generated through rapid intermittent flows without leaking or breaking.

To sum up: prevailing warmers cannot warm fluids/blood delivered intermittently, in rapid flows. In some cases, the cassette may even break due to the elevated pressure. As a result, your sickest patients may receive cold blood/fluids! This abnormality is now fixed by the Warrior line!

NEW ADVANCES TO THE WARRIOR LINE?

As of August, 2021 –
All Warrior Base Units (i.e Warrior lite, Warrior, and Warrior EXTREME base units) delivered from our factory include tightened performance specifications, designed to effectively warm rapid intermittent flows. The performance of the systems with constant flows remains top notch.
The warming performance of the Warrior line when intermittent flows are applied is second to none even prior to introducing the tightened performance specifications; however, wider tolerances may be observed.
Recent and successful validation studies were performed with the methods listed above, and predominantly with the LifeFlow® and LifeFlow PLUS® infusers.

WHAT WARMING PERFORMANCE CAN BE EXPECTED?

As indicatively shown in the figure below, set temperature of 38°C ±2°C will be maintained also when rapid intermittent flows rates are applied. The figure provides an indicative performance of the Warrior device with the LifeFlow® PLUS device, when cold fluids (4°C input) are delivered intermittently in rapid flows (approximately 200ml delivered in one minute). The Warrior’s fast adjustments to the rapid flow fluctuations is reflected by the minor tolerances (±2°C) around the device’s target temperature (38°C). The warming is maintained within spec (38±2°C).
Please note that restrictions apply; therefore, contact us for more details.

INDICATIVE WARRIOR PERFORMANCE WITH INTERMITTENT FLOWS

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Thank you,
Team QinFlow