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What is the Berlin Heart?

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Air date: December 30, 2012

Host: Barbara Lewis

Patient Care Pediatrics Research
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Interview: Elaine Cox, M.D., a specialist in pediatric infectious disease.Mark Turrentine, M.D., pediatric heart surgeon



The FDA recently approved the Berlin Heart, a mechanical pump for children with severe heart failure. The implanted device temporarily takes over the heartís function, typically until the child receives a transplant. A team from Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health in Indianapolis, which has been using the device for a decade, played a key role in the approval process. Dr. David Crabb learns about the device from pioneering pediatric heart surgeon Mark Turrentine and one of his patients, Bailey Hunsberger, now a sophomore at Indiana University. Crabb also speaks with Elaine Cox, M.D., a specialist in pediatric infectious disease. She helped craft study protocols for the FDAís approval process for the Berlin Heart. Dr. Turrentine is professor of surgery at the IU School of Medicine; Dr. Cox is an associate professor of clinical pediatrics at the School of Medicine.

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