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2011 Design of Medical Devices Conference Abstracts

Multifunction Pericardial Drainage Catheter OPEN ACCESS

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Chris Rolfes, Paul Iaizzo

University of Minnesota

J. Med. Devices 5(2), 027531 (Jun 14, 2011) (1 page) doi:10.1115/1.3590875 History: Published June 14, 2011; Online June 14, 2011
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A longstanding controversy in the field of cardiac surgery is whether or not to repair the pericardium on completion of open heart surgery. The device proposed is a multilumen catheter that will allow for delivery and removal of fluids to and from the pericardial space. In more detail, the main lumen will allow for gentle suction. A second lumen will allow for targeted drug delivery if desired. Targeted drug deliver can be especially important in the case of adverse events such as infection or postoperative atrial fibrillation. A temporary pacing lead through the catheter will allow for increased rate control by means of antibradicardic pacing. The catheter can help reduce the complications involved with closing the pericardium and thus encouraging more surgeons to complete this task in more procedures in order to reduce complications among the ever-increasing number of repeat operations.

Copyright © 2011 by American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Topics: Drainage , Catheters
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