Basic Performance Tests of the MILL Intravascular CO2 Removal Catheter
|Title||Basic Performance Tests of the MILL Intravascular CO2 Removal Catheter|
|Publication Type||Conference Paper|
|Year of Publication||2018|
|Authors||Janeczek C, Lukitsch B, Huber-Dangl F, Karabegovic A, Jordan C, Haddadi B, Ullrich R, Krenn C, Gfoehler M, Harasek M|
Currently available treatment methods for acute lung failure show high rates of complications. There is an urgent need for alternative treatment methods. A catheter device which can be minimal invasively inserted into the vena cava for intracorporeal gas exchange was developed. Main components of the device are a drive unit and a membrane module. In this study, the flow behavior in a vena cava model with inserted catheter prototype was investigated in experiments and basic computational fluid dynamic (CFD) simulations. Main findings are that the miniature blood pump has suitable characteristics and generates sufficient power to overcome the pressure drop induced in the membrane module, and that the design of the membrane outlet might be critical to avoid additional pressure losses. Parts manufactured with a high resolution 3D printer have proven to be suitable for the prototyping process.