Abiomed’s AB Portable Driver Designed for Earlier Ambulation


April 1, 2009

The Abiomed Inc. AB Portable driver is a powerful, self-contained unit to assist the sickest patients, offering hemodynamic support directly from the operating room up through the weaning process without additional computers or docking stations, which are required with current portable consoles.

The device facilitates intra-facility patient transport, patient mobility for participation in physical and rehabilitation therapies, independent ambulation by the patient, and inter-hospital transport via aircraft or ambulance. It offers full bi-ventricular assist device (Bi-VAD) functionality. The device enhances the clinical utility of the Abiomed AB5000 Ventricle by delivering direct benefits to both the hospital staff and patients by increasing mobility and versatility without compromising performance.

The device has compact architecture that enables easy handling and transport. The driver is 25 percent smaller and 15 percent lighter than current portable consoles on the market, allowing easier independent patient ambulation, in-hospital transfer or land/air transportation, the company said.

Abiomed said the device offers quiet operation with minimal disruption to the patient and their environment. The portable driver is 50 percent quieter than current portable consoles on the market, maintaining a more unobtrusive operation and providing minimal distractions for patients and caregivers.

An advanced power system that offers smart battery management can operate up to 10 hours without recharging and includes an integrated battery-gauge display that offers the user real-time battery status displayed in hours and minutes.

The device received FDA clearance in March 2009.