UK REBOA Working Group

Resuscitative Aortic Balloon Occlusion of the Aorta (REBOA) is an evolving torso hemorrhage control and resuscitative adjunct. It is a technique designed to provide proactive circulatory support in a hypotensive patient at risk of cardiovascular collapse. Occlusion of the thoracic aorta can provide inflow control in patients with exsanguinating abdominal trauma, whereas occlusion of the infra-renal aorta can control pelvic hemorrhage.

The use of REBOA in pelvic trauma is currently being introduced by a limited number of centres in the UK. The aim of this working group is to guide the introduction of REBOA as a hemorrhage control and resuscitative adjunct into UK practice, to disseminate clinical practice guidelines and institutional experience as UK practice evolves.