Navigation Links
New use of artificial lung device pioneered at University of Kentucky
Date:8/4/2011

Surgeons at the University of Kentucky on Aug. 3 announced that they were among the first to use artificial-lung technology to demonstrate the feasibility of a lung transplant, using a device invented by two university faculty members, Dr. Joseph Zwischenberger and Dr. Dongfang Wang.

"The device helps patients get oxygen into their blood by transporting blood to a gas exchanger that removes carbon dioxide and oxygenates the blood before returning it to the heart, bypassing the lungs of the patient," said Zwischenberger, chairman of the UK Department of Surgery. "It's meant for patients who are too sick to be maintained on a ventilator and is designed as temporary treatment for severe respiratory failure."

Normally, a patient is sedated while using an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). Consequently, the patient is bedridden, which causes the muscles to become increasingly weak. However, Zwischenberger's device, the bi-caval double lumen catheter, manufactured by Avalon Laboratories, is an advanced form of ECMO, also known as "ambulatory artificial lungs."

Zwischenberger's goal was to allow patients to do normal things, even exercise, while using the device.

That goal was achieved on April 8, when Dr. Charles Hoopes, director of the UK Heart and Lung Transplant Program and the Ventricular Assist Device Program, performed surgery on Ernie Gillispie, of Canada, Ky., to allow the use of this artificial lung and double lumen catheter.

With the assistance of the device, Gillispie proved himself to be a candidate for a lung transplant; without it he would not have been strong enough for the surgery, Zwischenberger said.

"This lung technology sets us up to be able to bridge patients to lung transplant, rather than their condition continuing to deteriorate while waiting for a transplant," Zwischenberger said. "Dr. Hoopes is an early adopter of this technique and we are now one of a very few places in the country that uses ambulatory ECMO as a bridge to transplant."

Hoopes says the machine proved that if Gillispie's lungs worked properly, he could live a normal life.

"If a patient cannot exercise after their breathing is 'replaced' with an artificial lung, then transplant will provide little clinical benefit," Hoopes said. "The limited number of donor organs can be used in patients who will most likely benefit. Artificial lung technology allows us to be certain that the patient potentially receiving the organ transplantation is physically well enough to undergo the surgery and recovery."

After only three days using the artificial lung, Gillispie underwent a successful double-lung transplant surgery on April 11.


'/>"/>

Contact: Julie Meador
Julie.Meador@uky.edu
859-323-2395
University of Kentucky
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Related studies point to the illusion of the artificial
2. Artificial light quality affects herbivore preference for seedlings
3. Washington University surgeons successfully use artificial lung in toddler
4. 2-year results: Artificial disc a viable alternative to fusion for 2-level disc disease
5. Artificial tissue promotes skin growth in wounds
6. Latest Artificial Pancreas Trials Reduce Risk of Low Blood Sugar
7. University of Granada researchers make the first bioartificial organ in Spain
8. For back, neck pain, artificial disc replacement has cost, outcome advantages over fusion surgery
9. Biological joints could replace artificial joints soon
10. Artificial Turf Helps Football Players With Agility Drills
11. How football playing robots have the future of artificial intelligence at their feet
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:3/23/2017)... & Seattle, WA (PRWEB) , ... March 23, 2017 , ... ... health emergency and now estimates that there could be four million Zika-related cases in ... epidemics to date with numbers of US cases reported per year skyrocketing to an ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... Virginia (PRWEB) , ... March 23, 2017 , ... ... public health services to their communities, 16 more public health departments have been ... week’s decisions bring another 4.5 million people into the expanding network of communities ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... MN (PRWEB) , ... March 23, 2017 , ... The ... internet and WiFi connectivity are making a huge impact on businesses and individual consumers ... Institute estimates the IoT will have a value anywhere from $4 trillion to $11 ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... ... March 23, 2017 , ... ... families and businesses of the Norwalk and Vermillion areas, celebrates the newest ... (N.O.R.A.) is a nonprofit, community-based substance abuse prevention and peer recovery support ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... ... March 23, 2017 , ... The ... from the NCQA. The accreditation covers StayWell’s asthma, coronary artery disease, congestive heart ... granted to organizations that have excellent programs for the delivery and improvement of ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/23/2017)... INDIANAPOLIS , March 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ ... and the William Sansum Diabetes Center have established a ... affected by diabetes through enhanced research, education and care. ... cardiovascular disease bears a disproportionate weight on Latino families ... David Kerr , M.D., FRCPE, director of Innovation ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... , March 23, 2017 ... and Healthcare disease pipeline guide Primary Hyperoxaluria - ... the Primary Hyperoxaluria (Genito Urinary System And Sex ... rare condition characterized by recurrent kidney and bladder ... substance called oxalate. Symptoms include blood in the ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... , March 23, 2017  Digital Pharmacist Inc. ... ), a rapidly growing digital health company, announced ... app that allows patients to manage their prescriptions. ... such as Denver Health Pharmacy, USave Pharmacy and ... helps Digital Pharmacist accelerate its product development schedule, ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: