First human use of a wireless coplanar energy transfer coupled with a continuous-flow left ventricular assist device

Yuryi Pya, Jiri Maly, Mahabbat Bekbossynova, Roman Salov, Stephan Schueler, Bart Meyns, Yigal Kassif, Massimo Massetti, Michael Zilbershlag, Ivan Netuka

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Abstract

The drive-line to power contemporary ventricular assist devices exiting the skin is associated with infection, and requires a holstered performance of the cardiac pump, which reduces overall quality of life. Attempts to eliminate the drive-line using transcutaneous energy transfer systems have been explored but have not succeeded in viable widespread application. The unique engineering of the coplanar energy transfer system is characterized by 2 large rings utilizing a coil-within-the-coil topology, ensuring robust resonance energy transfer while allowing for a substantial (>6 hours) unholstered circulatory support powered by an implantable battery source. Herein we report the first known human experience with this novel technology, coupled with a continuous-flow assist left ventricular assist device, in 2 consecutive patients evaluated with the primary end-point of system performance at 30 days post-implantation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)339-343
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
Volume38
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2019

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