The tests were done for a short period of time. Researcher Robert Bartlett next intends to repeat the tests for 30 day periods and hopes to try the first human tests in a year or two.
In early tests, sheep with damaged lungs were either put on standard therapy the mechanical ventilator or given the artificial lung plus a ventilator. All the sheep with the artificial lung survived, while some on the ventilator alone died, Bartlett says.
Additionally, the sheep using the device had only minimal use for the ventilator, suggesting that it provided nearly 100 percent of their normal lung function, he says.
Importantly, there were no deleterious effects. The only problem was a sheep falling asleep and knocking it over, he says with a smile.
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