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Published on Dec 17, 2015
50 years ago when heart surgery was developed, it was easier to make reliable continuous flow machines than to try and recreate a pulse during life support. Since then, relatively little has changed in the design of these devices, yet 30-50% of patients on cardio-pulmonary life support develop complications. At the 2015 Boston Children’s Hospital Global Pediatric Innovation Summit + Awards, Doug Vincent, President and CEO at Design Mentor, Inc, presented his design for a life support mechanism that simulates the natural pulsating rhythm of the heart. He calls his invention Ventriflo.