Brain Saving Catheter

December 10, 2018 | 10:10 am

Project Team: Robert Schultz, Justin Olshavsky, Aurko Shaw, & Ikennah Browne

Despite best care practices in cardiopulmonary resuscitation(CPR), one third of patients who survive cardiac arrest suffer from permanent neurological dysfunction. There are knowntechniques for protecting the brain while the heart is arrested, but they require specialized teams and are not timely in emergencies.

This team’s solution is a catheter that reduces the potential for neurological dysfunction and brain death at the time of cardiac arrest. The team developed a concept prototype of the catheter and are now working to create a to-scale functional prototype, using the support of the Ignite grant as well as the guidance of UCSF cardiac surgeons and neurosurgeons.