Management of patients supported on the Hemopump® Cardiac Assist System

R. T. Baldwin, B. Radovancevic, J. M. Duncan, R. K. Wampler, O. H. Frazier

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The Hemopump® Cardiac Assist System is a relatively new intraarterial, axial-flow circulatory assist device that offers temporary left ventricular support to patients in refractory cardiogenic shock, without requiring major surgery for insertion. Use of the Hemopump is associated with a low complication rate. Device-related morbidity is extremely rare. Because the Hemopump is safe for use in community hospitals, the number of patients supported by this device is expected to increase. In this report, we present general guidelines for the care of patients supported by the Hemopump. We describe techniques for the management of afterload reduction, supravalvular dislodgement, device malfunction, ventricular ectopy, intracardiac shunting, and inflow cannula obstruction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)81-86
Number of pages6
JournalTexas Heart Institute Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1992
Externally publishedYes


  • Assisted circulation
  • equipment design
  • heart assist devices
  • hemodynamics/physiology
  • Hemopump
  • implants, artificial
  • intra-aortic balloon pumping
  • left ventricular assist device
  • postoperative complications
  • shock, cardiogenic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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