Devices for Emergency Hypothermia and Military Applications
Annual rept. 1 Sep 2003-31 Aug 2004
ARDIEM MEDICAL INC INDIANA PA
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Recent work in the field of emergency and therapeutic hypothermia shows excellent results through the induction of mild-to-moderate profound hypothermia SA in laboratory animals using devices developed and fabricated by Ardiem Medical, Inc. An engineering prototype of a device used for the induction of mild- 34 deg C to-moderate 30 deg C hypothermia was delivered to SCRR Center for Resuscitation Research SCRR in the last reporting period 01 Sept. 2002-31 Aug. 2003. This prototype induces mild-to-moderate hypothermia via a venous or arterial shunt for use in cases where the patient exhibits spontaneous circulation. An engineering prototype device used for the induction of profound hypothermia 10 deg C - 20 deg C was delivered to SCRR in December 2003. Profound hypothermia, induced by a flush of a large volume of chilled fluid via the thoracic aorta toward the heart and brain with drainage from the right atrium, is for use in cases of cardiac arrest resulting from trauma-related exsanguinations. Ardiem Medical, Inc. used results obtained in SCRRs animal testing program and in engineering-prototype bench testing at Ardiem to reiterate the design and update both device prototypes. This information was also used to revise the design requirements documents, an updated engineering prototypes of both devices were delivered to SCRR in September 2004.
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