07 February 2018


MIET scientists plan to start mass production of an auxiliary blood circulation device for children this year


In 2012, thanks to the scientists of our university, the first successful operation in Russia on implantation of an "artificial heart" to a person was carried out. To date, the wearable auxiliary blood circulation device Sputnik (manufacturer – Zelenograd Innovation and Technology Center JSC) is the only registered auxiliary blood circulation system in Russia that has reached clinical practice. It is intended to replace the transport function of the left ventricle in patients with severe forms of heart failure and is used in cardiac surgery departments of any clinics and hospitals, and not only in transplant centers, as happens in the case of transplantation.

This system is the seventh in the world, there are analogues in the USA, Japan and Germany. The cost of Russian – about 4.5 million, imported – about twice as expensive. Today, the patient can buy the device on his own, or he can wait for the quota. The cost is lower due to the fact that all the main materials are also produced in our country. At the moment, batches are being produced to order, but if mass production begins, the price will be reduced.

About three years ago, the Department of Biomedical Systems of MIET launched a project to develop a pediatric circulatory system.

Says the project manager, senior researcher at the Department of Biomedical Systems MIETa Dmitry Viktorovich Telyshev: "For us, starting work on the project was not an easy decision, because everything related to children has a slightly different level of responsibility. Nevertheless, the problem in our country is very acute: there is no pediatric transplantation in Russia, it is prohibited. The main goal of the project is to provide the necessary level of support for children and to minimize the overall parameters of the device so that the pump itself weighs no more than 100 grams, which will allow it to be implanted in a small patient. In 2017, we completely completed the development cycle, passed technical tests, this year we plan to register the system and go to clinics."


The system was named Sputnik-D. The auxiliary blood circulation device for children operates from external power sources and from an external control panel.

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