Measuring at just 7mm x 70 mm, this small rotary dynamic VAD is suitable for use in children, including newborns, in treatment of end-stage heart failure. The program that developed the called the PediPump is a partnership between clinicians at The Children's Hospital at the Cleveland Clinic and researchers in Biomedical Engineering, The Lerner Research Institute of the Cleveland Clinic.

"Historically, children have had few options for mechanical support of the failing heart," states lead researcher, Dr. Brian Duncan. "The PediPump is an artificial heart pump designed specifically for children with heart failure. The experimental development of the PediPump and similar devices will give new hope to children with heart failure."

According to researchers, despite being much smaller than traditional VADs, the PediPump has demonstrated excellent haemodynamic performance and its versatile design will ultimately allow for its use in a variety of clinical settings. Researchers plan to further reduce the size of the PediPump to allow for a totally implantable paediatric VAD.; Source: Blackwell Publishing Ltd.