ECMO: Safety electronics for an ‘artificial lung’
Corscience develops the safety electronics and the alarm system for a mobile device for extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO).
Starting with the successful development of an automatic external defibrillator (AED), for over 15 years Corscience has been developing medical devices that can save and preserve life.
Over that time Corscience has established itself as a developer and manufacturer of safety-critical and life supporting systems within pre-hospital, hospital and home care settings in the field of cardiovascular medicine. This included projects in the related fields of defibrillation, ventilation, cardiac support systems, external pacemakers and dialysis.
This extensive experience, and in particular the development of medical technology requiring a very high level of reliability and resilience, has helped us to successfully realise our customers’ projects. We laid the foundation for the project’s success at an early stage by considering the principles of functional safety while at the same time building a robust system architecture. Our knowledge of class 3 product licensing, software development in all risk classes (A, B, C) and also the regular handling of alarm systems help us to find efficient and safe solutions.
We are implementing this experience in our current project to develop the safety electronics and alarm system for an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation ECMO mobile device. During ECMO therapy, the device partly or entirely takes over the function of the lungs and also the heart, thus saving the lives of patients with acute cardiovascular failure or severe lung damage. With a mobile and fully-integrated system, ECMO treatment can be optimised and made accessible to significantly more patients.