Feb 4, 2010 1:26 PM by Greg Boyce

Local hospital has new heart assisting pump

The Penrose-St. Francis Health System hospitals in Colorado Springs now have a heart assisting pump which can help a patient's heart circulate blood to the body.

The pump, called TandemHeart, can be placed rapidly by both cardiologists in a cath lab or by cardiac surgeons in an operating room to provide short-term circulatory support. The device attaches to a leg and pumps blood for critically ill patients.  Up to five liters of blood per minute can be circulated through the pump in a catheterization lab--more in an operating room. 

Five liters is about the average amount of blood in a human body.





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