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Cardiac equipment keeps patients hearts pumping


Every year we are always astounded by the generosity of our patients, relatives, staff and members of the public who devote their time and effort to fundraising for our hospital.

Thanks to this incredible support, we have recently been able to purchase a new Intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP) that will benefit people treated at the RUH with heart disease.

An IABP is a mechanical device used to support the heart function of acutely ill patients. It is inserted into the aorta (the body’s main artery) and pumps in rhythm with the heart, to increase blood flow and cardiac output, whilst reducing pressure on the heart. It can also be used for high risk patients receiving treatment for narrowed and blocked coronary arteries.

The life- saving machine will be used by the RUH’s Cardiac team in the Catheter labs, enabling haemodynamic support to their patients, in order to continue with their emergency procedures. It will also support patients who may have to travel to other hospitals if further therapy such as cardiac surgery is required.

Helen Twemlow, principle physiologist for the Cardiac Centre said

“This specialist machine, though not small is transportable and significantly smaller than the previous unit making all aspects of emergency care easier at a very stressful time.

“The nursing, medical and technical team are extremely humbled and very impressed with the public’s incredible fundraising efforts. Having the latest equipment enables the cardiology team to continue providing the very best cardio-circulatory support to their critically ill patients.”