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Smallest portable heart-lung support device to save lives.


It's a blessing of technology for all patients who are suffering from complication due to an oxygen shortage in blood while undergoing surgery. Al Qasimi Hospital in Sharjah on Thursday introduced a new procedure to save lives of patients and reduce fatalities.

The cardiohelp system, introduced in coordination with Maquet, is considered the first of its kind in the UAE, Dr Arif Al Nooryani, CEO and head of the cardiology department at Al Qasimi Hospital, told Gulf News.

Cardiohelp System is the first support system approved for transportation and for use both inside and outside the hospital environment, Al Nooryani said.

It can be securely installed in any ambulance or helicopter and can be connected to the on-board power supply. The integrated rechargeable battery also provides 90 minutes of operation without an external power supply. The portable support system thereby assumes the function of the heart and/or lungs with extracorporeal life support (ECLS), ensuring that the patient receives adequate oxygen and has a stable circulation during inter- and intra-hospital transport (up to six hours), Al Nooryani added.

In the development of the unit, special attention was devoted to ensure that the housing is well protected against impact, vibrations and water damage.

Weighing about 10 kg, Al Nooryani said the cardiohelp System can be securely carried by hand, It is easy to be carried by one person and compact enough to be transported in a helicopter or vehicle. Al Nooryani added.

In a press conference held to explain how the new device works, Dr Al Nooryani said: "The Cardiohelp System is operated via a touchscreen with user guidance and a rotary knob. Intuitive handling, the integrated sensors and disposables were important factors in the development of the support system to allow for medical personnel with minimal training to use the unit safely and effectively."

Cardiovascular disorders (CVD) are the number one cause of death globally. Many people die annually from CVD, Many of these people experience cardiogenic shock because vital organs are not adequately supplied with oxygen. If patients could be connected quickly to a mechanical circulatory support system, such as the cardiohelp System, Physicians would gain valuable time, Al Nooryani said.

The Cardiohelp System is considered the smallest portable heart-lung support system, Al Nooryani explained.

Al Nooryani said the portable system provides extracorporeal support patient's circulation and respiration. "This is called cardiopulmonary support." Al Nooryani said.

The Cardiohelp system is designed to provide treatment option -- save patients' lives -- for patients with symptomatic, severe aortic stenosis who are at high risk, or are ineligible, for heart, lungs and kidney surgeries.

It will cost each patient $10.000, Al Nooryani said.

"The world's smallest portable heart-lung support system, Cardiohelp, received the EACTS Techno College Innovation Award 2011. The award honours new therapeutically methods and technological innovations for the treatment of cardiovascular disorders." he added.

The new system opens up new possibilities for patients who require veno-venous support or veno-arterial support and the use of a minimal extracorporeal circulation. The intuitive control unit and the plug-and-play principle enables fast initiation and handling, even in emergency situations, he said.

Sultan Mohammad Abdullah Al Khayyall, Secretary General of Sharjah charity House, told Gulf News that they are in cooperation with many charity organisations, including Al Qassimi hospital. Friends of the Patients Committee, Al Kuwaiti Hospital and Thalassemia committee.

His Father Shaikh Mohammad Abdullah Al Khayyall is committed to supporting patients who cannot pay for treatment. For this reason he donated the new device, which costs Dh836.000, to Al Qassimi hospital in a new step to help save the lives of many patients.

Al Khayyal said that they will never hesitate to help or offer help to any patient who is need.

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Date:Jun 29, 2012
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