Objective: Acute heart failure is associated with exceedingly high mortality, even if patients are treated with critical care and vasopressor drug support. We report our early experiences with a novel miniaturised extracorporeal circulation system for emergency percutaneous cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) in cases of heart failure due to acute myocardial infarction. We characterise utilisation, efficiency and safety of the novel device and report additional interhospital transfer options.
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