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The N100PC Blood Pump and Energy Convertor

The N100PC Blood Pump and Energy Convertor

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Description (Brief)
The N100PC is an implantable heart pump and drive system with a white outer cover and a precutanious lead. This device was first tested clinically in 1993, and remained in use until 2011. While researchers worked to develope a total artificial heart as a bridge to transplant several groups of scientists and engineers worked on smaller devices called Ventricular Assist Device or "VAD", a mechanical pump used to assist the blood output of the diseased heart. Unlike a total artificial heart, the patient’s natiral heart is left in place.
In select cases the VAD can be used as a long term recovery solution to chronic heart failure known as destination therapy. Groups working on both the artificial heart and VAD's encountered many of the same problems, particularly material compatibility to avoid blood clotting. In 1998, the Novacor LVAS was given FDA approval as a bridge to transplant.
Currently not on view
Object Name
Blood Pump and Energy Convertor
blood pump and energy convertor
date made
about 2000
Novacor Medical Corporation
place made
United States: California, Berkeley
Associated Place
United States: California, Oakland
overall, pump in case: 3 3/4 in x 10 1/8 in x 10 1/8 in; 9.525 cm x 25.7175 cm x 25.7175 cm
overall, case with hose: 2 in x 8 1/4 in x 3 1/2 in; 5.08 cm x 20.955 cm x 8.89 cm
overall, hose, shortest: 1 3/8 in x 2 5/8 in x 2 5/8 in; 3.4925 cm x 6.6675 cm x 6.6675 cm
overall, hose, medium: 1 1/2 in x 9 3/8 in x 1 1/2 in; 3.81 cm x 23.8125 cm x 3.81 cm
overall, hose, longest: 1 1/2 in x 16 3/4 in; 3.81 cm x 42.545 cm
overall: 17.5 cm x 14 cm x 6.5 cm; 6 7/8 in x 5 1/2 in x 2 9/16 in
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Credit Line
Gift of World Heart Corporation
Health Care
Artificial Organs
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National Museum of American History
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