INITIAL CLINICAL EXPERIENCE WITH THE HAEMOPUMP LEFT VENTRICULAR ASSIST DEVICE

J. A. Smith, R. F. Salamonsen, F. L. Rosenfeldt, D. S. Esmore

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Abstract

The Haemopump is an intra‐arterial, axial flow, temporary left ventricular assist device. The intra‐cardiac pump assembly is connected by a flexible drive shaft to a high speed motor and a drive console. The pump is placed in the left ventricle via the femoral artery, iliac artery or abdominal aorta. Blood is withdrawn from the left ventricle and pumped in a continuous, non‐pulsatile fashion into the descending thoracic aorta. We report the use of the Haemopump to provide circulatory assistance in 2 patients with severe graft dysfunction following cardiac transplantation. Both patients were successfully weaned from the Haemopump after 6 and 3 days of support. The first patient subsequently died of overwhelming fungal sepsis and the other remains well 3 months after transplantation with normal left ventricular function. The Haemopump is an effective temporary cardiac assist device for application in severe left ventricular failure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)271-275
Number of pages5
JournalANZ Journal of Surgery
Volume61
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1991
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • cardiac failure
  • cardiac transplantation
  • Haemopump
  • left ventricular assist device.

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