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Sharjah hospital adopts smallest portable heart-lung support device

Al Qasimi Hospital in Sharjah has introduced a new procedure to help all patients suffering from complication due to an oxygen shortage in blood while undergoing surgery, Gulf News has reported. The cardiohelp system is the first support system approved for transportation and for use both inside and outside the hospital environment, said Dr Arif Al Nooryani, CEO and head of the cardiology department at Al Qasimi Hospital. It is designed to provide treatment option for patients with symptomatic, severe aortic stenosis who are at high risk, or are ineligible, for heart, lungs and kidney surgeries. The system assumes the function of the heart and/or lungs with extracorporeal life support (ECLS), ensuring that the patient receives adequate oxygen and has a stable circulation during inter- and intra-hospital transport (up to six hours), Al Nooryani said.