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Improved technology has allowed us to develop support pumps that can be applied rapidly and safely. A system utilizing thin-walled (4 mm inner diameter) percutaneously inserted sheaths has been designed for rapid bedside arterial and central venous cannulation to establish femoral arterial and venous cardiopulmonary bypass. The system utilizes two(More)
Under fluoroscopy, the hemopump is passed through the aortic valve into the left ventricle through a Gortex (WF Gore, Denver, CO) chimney sewn to a surgically exposed femoral artery. The system aspirates the left ventricular blood and actively pumps it into the aorta. Five patients (four men, one woman), aged 47-71 years (mean, 62 years), were candidates(More)
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