The new micro-medical device could surpass traditional methods used to monitor blood flow through the aorta during prolonged and often dangerous intensive care and surgical procedures -- even in the tiniest of patients.
The continuous cardiac flow monitoring probe, under development at Flinders University, is a safe way to give a real-time measurement of blood flow.
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"The minimally invasive device is suitable for neonates right through to adults," says research leader Strategic Professor John Arkwright, an expert in using fibre-optic technologies in medical diagnostics.
Professor Arkwright says the device has the potential to be a game-changer -- particularly for very young babies, which are particularly susceptible to sudden drops in blood pressure and oxygen delivery to their vital organs.
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"It's a far more responsive measurement compared to traditional blood flow monitoring -- and without life-threatening delays in the period 'snapshot' provided by current blood flow practices using ultrasound or thermo-dilution."
Neonatal expert and co-investigator Dr Scott Morris, from the Flinders Medical Centre Neonatal Unit and Flinders University College of Medicine and Public Health, says the new sensor-catheter device promises to deliver accurate blood flow information in critically ill patients, from pre-term babies to cardiac bypass patients.
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"This tiny device, which could even be used in pre-term infants, has the potential to...
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