Service first instead of replacing a VAD
The Thoratec HeartMate II and HeartWare HVAD are often removed and replaced when occluded and desirable minimum flows can’t be achieved. Why replace an LVAD when servicing it is an option?
The VAD Maintenance System is under development at ReliantHeart. Designed to service the Thoratec HeartMate II and III, the HeartWare HVAD, and other LVADs with an open inflow and outflow cannula.
The following video shows how the VAD Maintenance System services a Thoratec HeartMate II.
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