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The Thoratec mobile computer: initial in-hospital and outpatient experience.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15307551     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The purpose of this study was to test the operational effectiveness of the Thoratec mobile computer for monitoring and adjusting the portable TLC-II pneumatic driver. The TLC-II portable driver is approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use with either the paracorporeal ventricular assist device (VAD) or the Implantable Thoratec VAD. Currently, data log/file retrieval, changing device parameters, and initial VAD set-up is done with the cart mounted docking station. Thoratec has developed a tablet computer to perform the same tasks. The tablet computer weighs 3.2 lbs and has a 10.4 inch display. The mobile computer was evaluated in the clinic and multiple hospital settings as a mobile substitute for the docking station. For 120 consecutive days, the tablet computer was used exclusively for data file retrieval, changing device parameters, and initial VAD set up of the TLC-II portable drivers. Five patients, four paracorporeal VAD and one Implantable Thoratec VAD, using eight TLC-II portable drivers were evaluated. All patients were discharged home and followed as outpatients. The tablet computer was used by the VAD coordinator, two nurse clinicians, a perfusionist, and a research assistant. A total of 59 individual uses were performed (data retrieval, 46; parameter changes, 5; initial VAD set up, 8). Data were successfully obtained in all cases. Documentation of programmed settings and driver operation was achieved without difficulty.
Michael A Sobieski; Terri A George; Mark S Slaughter
Publication Detail:
Type:  Evaluation Studies; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  ASAIO journal (American Society for Artificial Internal Organs : 1992)     Volume:  50     ISSN:  1058-2916     ISO Abbreviation:  ASAIO J.     Publication Date:    2004 Jul-Aug
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-08-13     Completed Date:  2004-10-19     Revised Date:  2006-05-23    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9204109     Medline TA:  ASAIO J     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  373-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
Division of Cardiac Surgery, Advocate Christ Medical Center, Oak Lawn, IL 60453, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Ambulatory Care Facilities*
Computers* / standards
Equipment Design
Heart-Assist Devices*

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