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Portable artificial lung to pump new life in patients

Mar 22, 2017, 7:47 AM EDT
(Source: Rafael Ricoy Olariaga/flickr)
(Source: Rafael Ricoy Olariaga/flickr)

William Federspiel and his team at the University of Pittsburgh have developed a portable artificial lung that can easily be lugged around in a backpack and could be a vital aid to those suffering from lung failure. The device, currently in test stages, can oxygenate blood for a period of about five days, serving as an ideal stopgap solution for patients recuperating from severe lung infection or those awaiting a lung transplant.

The lightweight device, featuring a pump and a gas exchanger, connects to the patient’s neck via a short tube, allowing otherwise hospital-bound individual to move freely and continue routine activity, notes New Scientist.

The development marks a big advance towards making life easier for patients with lung failure as they would no longer be forced to stay bed-ridden due to traditional bulky oxygenation machines used in healthcare facilities, writes Medical Web Times.

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