Department of Cardiac Surgery | Novel Assist Devices

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Flynn-ThompsonThe Berlin Heart, a mechanical pump that works by taking over the function of the heart.

As many as 20% of kids waiting for a heart transplant die before an organ is available. An artificial pump that supports the heart could change all that.

Children’s cardiac surgery researchers are exploring the application of pumps, or novel assist devices, that support circulation in children who have heart failure. We are the first clinical research team in the world to evaluate these new technologies that have specific application to pediatrics.

Device pumps new life into heart patient

Keenan Griffin was waiting for a heart transplant and running out of time. Luckily, a pediatric pumping heart device, not yet approved in the US, was available to buy him time until he could have life-saving surgery. Keenan's journey

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Bridges to Transplantation

Based on experience with adults, and with the miniaturization of mechanical support systems, ventricular assist devices (VAD) have emerged as an important alternative to ECMO for infants and small children requiring longer-term mechanical circulatory support. Read more

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