ALung Technologies, a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania firm, obtained Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Expedited Access Pathway designation for its Hemolung Respiratory Assist System (RAS) that removes carbon dioxide from blood, letting the lungs rest without having to undergo ventilation.
Mechanical ventilation is a life saver for many critically ill patients. However, it requires sedation, intubation. The system can also lead to ventilator associated pneumonia and other complications.
Expedited Access Pathway will permit to introduce life saving devices quicker, as long as they meet certain unmet needs.
ALung Technologies' Hemolung wins appreciations by using dialysis to perform respiratory gas exchange in a process similar to extracorporeal membrane oxygenation.
During therapy, the patient can stay awake. In February 2010, the first patient was successfully treated with the device. The system could revolutionize the practice of medicine in the ICU.