Jarvik-7 Artificial Heart

Description
This Jarvik-7 total artificial heart was used in the first authorized bridge to organ transplant operation. A bridge to transplantation is a temporary measure that replacs a failing heart with a mechanical pump while waiting for a human heart for implantation. Jack G. Copeland, M.D, performed the surgery on August 29, 1985 at the University Medical Center, University of Arizona. The patient, 25 year old Michael Drummond, lived with the mechanical pump for nine days until a donor heart could be implanted. Later, Drummond kept the heart in his home before its donation to the Smithsonian.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
artificial heart
heart, artificial
date made
1985
associated date
1985-08-29
user
Drummond, Michael
designer
Jarvik, Robert
maker
Symbion, Inc.
Physical Description
polyurethane (overall material)
dacron (overall material)
polycarbonate (overall material)
Measurements
average spatial: 13.7 cm x 10.1 cm x 9.6 cm; 5 13/32 in x 3 31/32 in x 3 25/32 in
overall: 4 1/4 in x 6 in x 9 in; 10.795 cm x 15.24 cm x 22.86 cm
place made
United States: Utah, Salt Lake City
associated place
United States: Arizona
ID Number
1987.0474.01
catalog number
1987.0474.01
accession number
1987.0474
subject
Cardiology
Surgery
Health Care
Medicine
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Artificial Hearts
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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