Real-time graphics display and simulation for the intra aortic balloon pump

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Conference Proceeding

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A system was developed to simulate the operation of an intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP) console, and the corresponding patient response. It displays aortic pressure and left ventricular pressure as sliding waveforms in real-time, as well as all of the IABP controls. The system is designed to execute in a PC architecture. The embedded arterial model is based on a multiple-order nonlinear system model of the vascular system. This allows health care professionals to practise controlling an IABP without using a commercial pumping console. Thus, the software is a very useful educational platform.

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Proceedings of the IEEE Annual Northeast Bioengineering Conference, NEBEC