Companion 2 Hospital Driver
- European CE Mark: July 25, 2011
- U.S. FDA Approval: May 16, 2012
- Health Canada: October 29, 2013
- Download the Companion 2 Fact Sheet
The state-of-the-art Companion 2 (C2) hospital driver supports patients from implant of the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart until their condition becomes clinically stable and they can be switched to the Freedom® portable driver.
Features & Benefits
The C2 driver provides pneumatic pressure for the Total Artificial Heart using one of two air sources:
- Primary source: hospital air, which provides quieter operation
- Secondary source: two internal, redundant compressors to provide increased patient safety and reliability.
The C2 also supplies independent vacuum for the left and right ventricles to provide optimum performance for each patient based on individual needs. The clinician can monitor the performance of the C2 Driver and the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart via three line graphs showing the pressure waveform, flow waveforms and cardiac output.
Companion Hospital Cart
For the operating room and initial stages of patient recovery, the C2 driver is docked in the Companion Hospital Cart, which features sturdy support handles and locking casters to provide robust, reliable support for patient ambulation following the SynCardia Heart implant.
Once the patient is out of bed and ambulatory, the C2 driver can be docked in the Companion Caddy to provide the patient with greater mobility in the hospital. The Caddy supports patient recovery by making it easier for patients to move and exercise, which helps them to rebuild their strength for their donor heart transplants.
User-Friendly Touch Screen
The C2 user interface features two full-color LCD touch screens: one on the Hospital Cart and one on the CE driver for use when the C2 is docked in the Caddy. The screens display alarm and power status. On-screen adjustable parameters include beat rate, left/right pressure, left/right vacuum and percent systole.
Three Operating Modes:
- Operating Room (OR) Mode. All drive functions and settings are available. A password is required to enter OR Mode, which provides full menu access, including system check and muted alarms.
- Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Mode. This allows for adjustment of alarm limits, set-up of patient data and adjustment of parameters such as beat rate, pressure, vacuum and percent systole. A password is required to enter ICU Mode from Ambulatory Mode and requires double confirmation for any changes.
- Ambulatory Mode. No changes are permitted. Graph and settings data can be minimized.
Service by Replacement
SynCardia designed, manufactures and services the C2 driver. No on-site repair service or inventory of parts is required by the hospital. Drivers are delivered and returned via express delivery service.