Abiomed Impella® Heart Pump Training Solution

Simulating Image-Guided Heart Pump Placement

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Although appropriate for many patients, in some instances cardiac surgery is being replaced with less invasive cardiovascular interventions to reduce patient risk and recovery times. CAE Healthcare is meeting the demand for physician training by extending its engineering and modeling capabilities to develop custom educational solutions for medical device manufacturers.

In collaboration with Abiomed, CAE Healthcare developed a training solution that allows physicians to practice image-guided placement of the Abiomed Impella heart pump via femoral access without risk to patients.

The CAE Vimedix simulator with Impella integrates the Vimedix ultrasound simulator with the CAE Müse patient simulator physiology to deliver a simulation solution that helps physicians quickly learn to deploy the device. The CAE Vimedix Impella simulation employs imaging guidance to access the femoral artery, cross the aortic valve and position the device into the left ventricle of the heart.

“Abiomed continues to invest in the most advanced technologies to supplement our educational Impella training programs,” said Michael R. Minogue, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Abiomed. “Our partnership with CAE demonstrates our responsibility to our customers in providing high-quality training tools that can assist in improving patient outcomes worldwide.”