FDA issues EUA for Impella RP to treat COVID-19 heart failur
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The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an emergency use authorization for the Abiomed Impella RP heart pump system for use with COVID-19-related right heart failure.

The Impella RP temporary heart pump provides circulatory support for patients with right side ventricular failure.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Impella RP has been used for treating right heart failure or decompensation, including pulmonary embolism, according to a news release. It can be deployed in minutes using a minimally invasive technique.

Under the authorization, healthcare providers may use the device in a hospital setting when providing temporary right ventricular support for up to 14 days in critical care patients with a body surface area less than equal to 1.5 m2 who are experiencing acute right heart failure or decompensation caused by complications related to COVID-19.

“Acute pulmonary embolism is clearly being recognized as a life-threatening manifestation of COVID-19,” Ascension St. John Hospital (Detroit) interventional cardiologist & director of mechanical circulatory support Dr. Amir Kaki said in the news release.

Company cited an example of a 59-year-old woman from the Detroit area who used Impella RP therapy after being diagnosed with COVID-19 and an acute pulmonary embolism. The doctors described a “dramatic and immediate” arterial pressure improvement in the patient.

The Impella RP remained in place over the next five days as carers monitored the patient using cloud-based Impella Connect technology. On the fifth day, the device was removed and the patient was discharged.

Source: https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/931493
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This is excellent news. The key to defeating this virus are such palliative measures which give the body a chance to recover the lost battle and allow our colleagues to turn it into a victory.
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