Dr.-Ing. Thomas Finocchiaro
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Four acute animal tests in calves have been performed in cooperation with the university hospitals in Vienna and Aachen. The total artificial heart ACcor was capable of providing full circulation for 8,5 hours (Fig. 3). Based upon this experience, a 20% smaller sized version of the TAH, the MiniACcor (Fig. 2) has been designed, manufactured and assembled. The MiniACcor pump unit was extensively tested within circulatory mock loops. The pump delivers flows between 4 to 7 L/min at aortic pressures of 80 to 140 mmHg at different pump rates.
This project was carried out in close cooperation with the Heart- and Diabetes Centre in Bad Oeynhausen (Prof. Dr. R. Körfer, OA Dr. med. A. El Banayosi).