The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Inc.The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Inc.

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Lung Assist

For patients with limited lung function, it is often necessary to oxygenate their blood directly by transfusing it through an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) machine. Systems in use today require large priming volumes, which increase the risk of clotting and other complications. Draper is applying its expertise in MEMS fabrication and microfluidics to create an ECMO device that requires one-third the blood priming volume of the smallest device currently on the market. We have demonstrated the concept in the laboratory, and are working to create a prototype clinical device.

MEM-based ECMO Device
Lung Assist