Impella Device Mobile Lab Visits University's HVI

Impella Device Mobile Lab Visits University's HVI September 24, 2015



Impella Device Mobile Lab Visits University's Heart & Vascular Institute for Hands-on Learning

Augusta (September 23, 2015) – The Abiomed Mobile Learning Lab is making a stop at University Hospital's Heart & Vascular Institute today. This highly interactive, facilitated learning experience is designed to train University Hospital staff on the Impella heart pump, the world's smallest heart pump and one of the newest minimally invasive heart technologies available.

The flagship Impella device, the Impella 2.5, recently received FDA approval to treat high-risk percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) patients. The procedure, Protected PCI, is offered at University Hospital.

The Impella is currently the world's smallest heart pump. The whole device is less than the width of a pencil, and the pump is tinier than an eraser. This tiny device acts like a temporary artificial heart as it maintains blood flow through the body during a cardiac procedure. It works by pumping blood throughout the body when the heart is too weak to do it itself – providing time for the heart to rest and heal.

While the mobile lab is at University, physicians, nurses and cath lab staff can learn about the Impella platform using various Impella simulators and animations, which are presented by Abiomed instructors.