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Circulatory Assist Units

Definition : Devices designed to either partially or completely support the patient's blood circulation. These units may be designed either for direct cardiac assistance or to assist the peripheral circulation; cardiac assist units usually consist of a combination of a main external (e.g., pumps) unit and internal (e.g., cannulae, balloons) devices, while peripheral assist units usually consist of completely external compression devices. Most circulatory assist units are intended for temporary use only.

Entry Terms : "Ventricular Assist Devices, External" , "Pumps, Counterpulsation" , "Counterpulsation Pumps"

UMDC code : 10839

   

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