Automated Balloon Guide Catheter Aspiration Using an iPad App and Bluetooth-enabled Smart Pump: In-vitro Study.
Multiple studies suggest that addition of cervical balloon guide catheter (BGC) aspiration to intracranial suction aspiration or thrombectomy improves outcomes (1). Currently, stroke thrombectomy when performed with cervical BGC/Guide catheter (GC) aspiration requires two (2) operators. Utilizing an automated smart pump could enable a single (1) operator to perform BGC-assisted thrombectomy while varying the suction intensity in different segments of the intracranial and cervical vasculature. Phase 1: Staged BGC aspiration (initially low, medium, then high - to avoid vessel collapse) is manually performed using a 60cc syringe and a 9F BGC. The suction intensity levels for low, medium, and highmore »