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UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh is a global leader in using lifesaving ventricular assist devices (VADs) for pediatric heart failure.
Thanks to this expertise, doctors from the Heart Failure Program partner with device manufacturers to pursue new and better technologies.
One VAD that has shown promise is the recently FDA approved EXCOR® Pediatric pump by Berlin Heart. Children’s was one of the trial centers for this device.
The external pulsatile, air-driven VAD can support one or both ventricles. Our experts have implanted the Berlin Heart pump as a support system for critically ill children with severe heart failure.
Unlike standard heart-lung machines, the EXCOR pump can:
Peter Wearden, MD — a heart surgeon at Children's — is working with engineers to design the PediaFlow®, a tiny, fully implantable pediatric VAD. It could allow children to stay on support longer, helping their hearts heal before transplant.
The new PediaFlow pump:
The PediaFlow is one of four VADs we're designing at Children's. This research is part of the $23.6 million National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded Pumps for Kids, Infants, and Neonates (PumpKIN) Program.
Children's Hospital's main campus is located in the Lawrenceville neighborhood. Our main hospital address is:
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
One Children’s Hospital Way
4401 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
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