One year of clinical experience at CARL. Recap – Focus Meeting Heart in Münster

During the lunch symposium “CARL. Recap – Latest clinical experience reports and results from one year of CARL” at this year’s Focus Meeting Heart from 4 to 6 November in Münster, more than 75 participants were informed about the latest clinical application experiences for controlled whole-body reperfusion. 

Dirk Buchwald from the Bergmannsheil University Hospital in Bochum used simulations to present the use of “CARL under reanimation – the details make the difference” and demonstrated the clinical relevance in everyday clinical practice. Maik Foltan from the University Hospital Regensburg explained the possibilities and limitations of use on the basis of patient cases, with special reference to the fixation of cannulas in the context of ECPR or CARL Treatment. Finally, Jan-Steffen Pooth from the Medical Center – University of Freiburg presented the latest clinical results from the ongoing multi centre study on CARL. 

As part of the congress programme, a practical hands-on workshop was also held, in which Christian Scherer, Head of the CARL Support Team, demonstrated the commissioning of the complete CARL System in a resuscitation case. “Especially with the users of the CARL System, we see the intuitive control from expert hands in a very short time, which demonstrates the practicality”, says Thomas Kraft, CEO of Resuscitec GmbH. 

Under this year’s motto “Team Perfusion 2022 – stay connected”, the conference presidents Thomas Dreizler and Prof. Stephan Ensminger emphasised the aspect of interdisciplinary cooperation between cardiotechnology, cardiac surgery and anaesthesia as a key factor in patient care. This also applies to the CARL Concept, which was presented for the second time to more than 500 congress visitors at the International Annual Meeting of the German Society for Cardiovascular Engineering (DGfK) and the Joint Focus Meeting Heart of the German Society for Thoracic, Cardiac and Vascular Surgery (DGTHG).

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