The first co-axial flow pump for human use: the Hemopump
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Many people ask me how I thought up this idea. It came about when I traveled to Egypt to work in a village just outside Cairo with the Bedouin people to evolve a plan to solve the problem of contaminated drinking water. During this visit I learned a piece of information that helped me design the Hemopump. Based on the principle of a submersible pump, we pumped water from a deep well. When applied to the problem of pumping blood, I thought, why not create a heart pump that pumps from inside the bloodstream?
KeywordsLeft Anterior Descend Myocardial Oxygen Consumption Blood Pump Contaminate Drinking Water Pump Flow Rate
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- 1.Merhige ME, Smalling RW, Cassidy D, Barrett R, Wise G, Short J, Wampler RK: (1989) Effect of the Hemopump left ventricular assist device on regional myocardial perfusion and function. Circulation 80 (Suppl III): 158–166Google Scholar