Extracorporeal life support systems (ECLS)

Ension has developed a highly portable advanced compact ECLS (ACE) system based on an integrated pump-oxygenator. This system accommodates both pediatric and adult application through use of modular pump-oxygenator unit and is suitable for both short-term (e.g., intraoperative cardiopulmonary bypass) and as chronic applications such as ECMO, extracorporeal lung assist, and extracorporeal CO2 removal (ECCO2R). A principal feature of this system is an extension of the Ension bioactive surface (EBS). The covalently-bonded heparin-based bioactive surface was developed for the unique requirements of ECLS applications. The EBS was designed to mitigate activation of cellular elements in the blood, development of thrombi, and minimize overall systemic inflammatory response.

 

Critical care transport

In cooperation with the Critical Care Aeromedical Transport Team (CCATT) training program at the USAF School of Aerospace Medicine, the logistitics of incorporating an ACE with the current equipment for transporting critically ill patients has been explored. These evaluation exercises have taken place at Wright-Patterson AFB in a C-130 Hercules trainer. The compact size and ruggedness of both the pump-oxygenator and controller console of the ACE system in addition to potential benefits of the EBS surface makes the system attractive for this challenging application for both civilian and military patient transport.

 

Cardiac Devices

Ension’s portable Cardiopulmonary Assist System (pCAS) with all blood contacting surfaces treated with the heparin EBS coating

Transporting of critically ill patients

Military evaluation of the portability and ruggedness of the Ension pCAS system for patient transport