Winfred M. Phillips, Gerson Rosenberg, James Donachy, William S. Pierce

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The total artificial heart is a complex system requiring biocompatible materials, an implantable blood pump, a power source and a method of actuation and control. A multidisciplinary group at The Pennsylvania State University has designed, fabricated and evaluated such a system. The blood pumps are pneumatically actuated and contain a smooth segmented polyurethane blood contacting surface. An automatic control system has been developed to balance the output of each ventricle and respond to varying physiological demands. The total artificial heart has been implanted in 27 calves with survival times to 100 days.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1978
EventProc Int Conf Cybern Soc Tokyo, Jpn, Nov 3-5 - Kyoto, Jpn
Duration: Nov 7 1978Nov 7 1978


OtherProc Int Conf Cybern Soc Tokyo, Jpn, Nov 3-5
CityKyoto, Jpn


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)

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Phillips, W. M., Rosenberg, G., Donachy, J., & Pierce, W. S. (1978). ARTIFICIAL HEART.. 111-115. Paper presented at Proc Int Conf Cybern Soc Tokyo, Jpn, Nov 3-5, Kyoto, Jpn, .