Medtronic, Inc. is now a new player in the cardiopulmonary bypass system (CPB) market, thanks to the FDA clearance of its Performer™ CPB machine.
Though offering all the functionality of existing systems, it occupies only a 20-inch by 22-inch space, just a third of the footprint of the time-honored “heart-lung” consoles.
“The Performer integrates all of the components that Medtronic has to offer with an innovative pumping system in a small footprint and features that are controlled on a touch-screen,” said Brian McCloskey, chief of clinical perfusion, Foothills General Hospital Calgary, Alberta. “Together with the Medtronic Resting Heart™ System (RHS), it is an excellent package providing an effective way to run an advanced mini-circuit on a small pump base. It takes up significantly less OR space and helps with coordination of all of the monitoring devices I work with.”
The Medtronic Performer CPB responds to the spatial demands in today’s operating room, providing convenient access for perfusionists. With disposables at operating-table height, and providing monitoring, pumping, controlling, filtration, air handling, or cardioplegia functions as needed, the Performer CPB, when used with smaller biocompatible circuits like the Medtronic Resting Heart® System, offers a new approach to reducing morbidity of cardiac surgery…
The new system, which has evolved from proven extracorporeal support technologies, incorporates the Medtronic Bio-Pump® Plus in the arterial position – which plays the role of the heart when the blood must be routed outside the body – as well as four peristaltic-type roller pumps for non-arterial fluid delivery and retrieval functions. System controls support individual pump function and a central information display with color touch-screen incorporates graphic menus and buttons for user-selectable options. The system monitors all functions pertinent to patient physiology during use and its servo safety technologies provide visual and audible signals and alarms as needed. Height is electrically adjustable, allowing the instrument to be placed closer to the patient.
The Performer CPB also incorporates data management functions to capture, display, store and transmit all key instrument-related perfusion parameters throughout an entire operation. Data can be transmitted from the system to an external Microsoft® Office Excel-based macro program for report and graph generation and case records.