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Can Superman Get Off The Ventilator And Breathe Normally? Cleveland Researchers Develop Implantable Breathing Device To Help Spinal Cord Injured

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March 1, 2001
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University Hospitals Of Cleveland
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Physicians at University Hospitals of Cleveland, working with biomedical engineers at Case Western Reserve University, have successfully developed a new breathing system that allows spinal cord injured patients to breathe on their own, without a ventilator.

CLEVELAND -- Physicians at University Hospitals of Cleveland, working with biomedical engineers at Case Western Reserve University, have successfully developed a new breathing system that allows spinal cord injured patients to breathe on their own, without a ventilator. Thirty-six-year-old Tom Conlan of Medina, Ohio, has become the first person in the world to receive this breakthrough breathing device, which was surgically implanted in an outpatient procedure using minimally invasive surgical techniques. Working through a laparascope, surgeons placed electrodes in Conlan’s diaphragm muscle. The electrodes, attached to a small battery pack, stimulate the muscle and the phrenic nerve to cause normal inhalation and exhalation. The contraction of the diaphragm muscle accounts for 70% to 80% of the air that inflates the lungs during quiet breathing.


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University Hospitals Of Cleveland. "Can Superman Get Off The Ventilator And Breathe Normally? Cleveland Researchers Develop Implantable Breathing Device To Help Spinal Cord Injured." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 1 March 2001. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2001/03/010301072206.htm>.
University Hospitals Of Cleveland. (2001, March 1). Can Superman Get Off The Ventilator And Breathe Normally? Cleveland Researchers Develop Implantable Breathing Device To Help Spinal Cord Injured. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 19, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2001/03/010301072206.htm
University Hospitals Of Cleveland. "Can Superman Get Off The Ventilator And Breathe Normally? Cleveland Researchers Develop Implantable Breathing Device To Help Spinal Cord Injured." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2001/03/010301072206.htm (accessed April 19, 2014).

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