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New paediatric oxygenator sees first successful applications in the USA

Sorin : 15 September, 2008  (Company News)
The Sorin Group has announced the first successful uses in the USA of the company's newest paediatric devices for cardiovascular surgery.
The Dideco KIDS D101 Pediatric Oxygenator and the Dideco KIDS D131 Pediatric Arterial Filter have now been successfully used by Children’s Medical Center Dallas during dozens of cardiac surgery procedures for paediatrics.

The Dideco KIDS D101 oxygenator provides paediatric patients with a dedicated artificial lung for short term use during surgery. Designed to minimise haemodilution and reduce foreign surface area exposure, the D101 is specially proportioned to the pediatric patient. The low surface area results in a more balanced oxygen and carbon dioxide transfer, and the innovative D101 design has the low priming volume of 87mls while addressing the cardiopulmonary bypass needs of paediatric patients.

“With this new addition, our pediatric family of perfusion systems is optimised for an extremely large range of patients, delivering unprecedented clinical flexibility for perfusionists and improved safety for their patients,” said Michel Darnaud, president, Cardiopulmonary Business Unit and Intercontinental, Sorin Group.

Ronald Gorney, PA-C, CCP, the chief perfusionist at Children’s Medical Center Dallas, used the D101 in the open-heart, modified Fontan operation. Gorney and the surgical team were the first in the nation to use the Dideco D101 oxygenator. “The Dideco oxygenator is advanced in its ability to keep the patient alive by replacing lung function,” he said. “Because the device is specific to the pediatric patient, it is an ideal component to cardiovascular surgery for children.”

The Dideco KIDS D131 Pediatric Arterial Filter is designed to remove potentially harmful gaseous emboli, aggregated blood constituents and particulate debris greater than 40 microns from the arterial line. Gorney recently used the D131 on a patient weighing 19.4kg. “Because their size is matched to the patient, incorporating the D101 and D131 in a recent atrial septal defect surgery provided an alternative to a blood transfusion”, Gorney said. “It is often requested that the operating physician avoid blood transfusions, and using devices designed specifically for paediatric patients makes it possible”, he continued.

The Sorin Group’s family of FDA-cleared paediatric oxygenators and arterial filters help physicians and surgical teams realise a better solution in cardiac surgery for children.

The Dideco KIDS D101 Pediatric Oxygenator and the Dideco KIDS D131 Pediatric Arterial Filter is distributed in the USA by Sorin Group USA, Inc.
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