The field of pediatric mechanical circulatory support with ventricular assist devices has lagged significantly behind that of adult patients. However, there is increasing attention on the emerging field of pediatric ventricular assist device support. In this review, part of the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Society/Extracorporeal Life Support Organization Joint Consensus Statement on Mechanical Circulatory Support, we discuss several important aspects of pediatric ventricular assist device, focusing on biomechanics and selection of the most appropriate device.
1Department of Congenital Heart Disease, University Heart Center Freiburg—Bad Krozingen, Freiburg, Germany.
2Division of Congenital Heart Surgery, Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston, TX.
3Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX.
This study was supported by DFG: STI 631/1-1.
The authors have disclosed that they do not have any potential conflicts of interest.