The purpose of this program is to design, develop, and clinically evaluate a new, implantable right ventricular assist device (RVAD) that can be used as a component of an implantable biventricular assist device for patients with severe biventricular heart failure. The initial phase of this program resulted in a prototype RVAD, named DexAide, a modified version of the CorAide left ventricular assist device. In vitro testing was performed in a stand-alone circuit and in a true RVAD mode to evaluate pump performance. Pump flow and power were measured under various afterload and pump speed conditions. The pump performance requirements of 2 to 6 l/min and a pressure rise of 20 to 60 mm Hg were successfully met with pump speeds between 1,800 and 3,200 rpm. The nominal design point of 4 l/min and 40 mm Hg pressure rise was achieved at 2,450 ± 70 rpm with a power consumption of 3.0 ± 0.2 W. The initial in vitro testing met the design criteria for the new DexAide RVAD. Initial in vivo testing is under way, which will be followed by preclinical readiness testing and a pilot clinical trial in this 5-year program.
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||Published - 2005 Nov|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Biomedical Engineering