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The Tandem: Life System: Device Description, Implantation, and Clinical Results 

The Tandem: Life System: Device Description, Implantation, and Clinical Results
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The Tandem: Life System: Device Description, Implantation, and Clinical Results
Author(s):

Danny Ramzy

and Joshua Chung

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190909291.003.0019
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date: 03 June 2020

The Tandem Life series of support devices offers short-term mechanical circulatory support for patients with cardiopulmonary failure. The system provides options for left ventricular, right ventricular support, or both, as well as adaptation of a membrane oxygenator for extra corporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). This chapter outlines the indications for use, insertion techniques, and outcomes for the Tandem Heart, Tandem Lung, and Protek Duo platforms. Although limited published data exist for these technologies, experience is rapidly growing. The technology has allowed for patients to be fully ambulatory during time of support. The authors provide the perspective of one of the largest implanting centers internationally.

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