Technology in medicine has evolved a lot over the year. Research on soft robotics shows a lot of promise. More and more studies are made on robotics but this one can really be a life saver. This new robotic device can help hearts pump blood when they are failing.
This robotic device is designed to hold the heart and help it pump blood in patients with heart failure. It just keeps the heart beating until the heart can do it on its own. This research shows that the device just wraps around the heart and it imitates the beats the heart makes.
In order to keep the heart beating, this device makes a combination of compressing movements and twisting. This can help doctors too, especially when they are in surgery and the patient suffers from heart problems. They won’t have to compress the heart in order to help it beat; they can just use this robotic device.
This soft robotic device has a lot of advantages, especially the fact that it does not come in contact with the blood. This is great because there will be fewer complications.
“The main advantage compared to existing solutions is that it doesn’t come into contact with the blood, which helps reduce complications like clotting or potential strokes,” mentioned Dr. Ellen Roche
The research for this device was coordinated by Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard. This device that could save people’s lives is made from silicon layer. It also has pneumatic actuators. The robotic device is tied to an external pump that uses air to help the heart beat. This robotic device can be customized for different patients.
The pressure this device makes can be decreased or increased. It was tested only on pigs and on synthetic hearts. Despite the fact that it worked great, it is not ready to be used in human trials. The researchers need to make it safer and more efficient if they want to start trails.
The researchers mentioned that they need to work many years before this device can be used on human hearts. Despite this, it is a great innovation that it probably going to save lives in the future.
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