1987 ABIOMED Artificial Heart Support System

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1987 ABIOMED Artificial Heart Support System

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Developed by ABOIMED in 1987. This artificial heart pump went on pre-clinical trials in select hospitals. This device acts as a heart for those in severe late heart failure with no other options. The bvs 5000 can support a patient up to 14 days waiting for a transplant and acts as a support bridge for the patient.

The pump houses two polyurethane chambers: an atrial chamber that fills with blood through gravitational force and a ventricular chamberthat pumps blood by air-driven power. The atrial chamber is vented outside the patient. The ventricular chamber is connected to the power console by a 0.25-inch pneumatic (air) line. Two trileaflet valves separate the atrial and ventricular chambers. The pump can produce blood flow of up to 5 liters per minute. Cannulas of various designs (for blood drainage and return) are available to accommodate individual patient anatomy.

This piece is in very good condition and has a slight hairline that is not very visible and stable on the outgoing ventricle.

This is a vintage medical and historical object that is a great research tool and an excellent addition to a medical museum.

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