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The Tiniest of Flowprobes for the Tiniest of Patients:

Optimizing Pediatric Congenital Heart Defect Repair

There is nothing more rewarding than saving a child: with pediatric patients, their present and future are reclaimed. The bone-deep relief and happiness on parents’ faces say more about a medical team’s superhero skills and fortitude than words ever could.

Due to a child’s small size, pediatric surgeries are some of the most challenging. Congenital heart defect surgeries are particularly exacting, requiring the utmost precision and skill to navigate tiny vessels and arteries. Added to that challenge is the fact that many  tools commonly used are designed for adults – not for the smaller anatomy of children, infants, or premature babies.

That's why we've developed a range of flow measurement tools like the AU COnfidence Flowprobes, designed intentionally with the tiniest patients in mind.

Why Measuring Flow Matters for Pediatric Congenital Heart Defect Repair Procedures

There are many types of congenital heart defects that an infant can be born with and, often, the cause is unknown. The impact, however, is immediate and can be life-threatening, because most defects either cause abnormal blood flow through the heart or obstruct that flow.

No matter what type of defect, the ultimate goal of congenital heart defect repair surgery is to create or restore blood flow – allowing oxygenated blood to flow through correctly and effectively through the lungs, heart and the rest of the circulatory system.

Transonic’s flow measurement tools, tailored for the unique challenges of pediatric care, empower surgeons to navigate these delicate congenital heart defect procedures with precision and confidence. The benefits of measuring flow matter whether the surgeon is performing a minimally invasive heart repair, CP bypass, open heart surgery, or heart transplant.

Whatever the nature of the defect, measuring flow matters during congenital heart defect repair.
  • Measuring blood flow gives surgeons bedside data to confirm their clinical impressions and, if needed, make revisions at the most opportune moments.
  • This data enhances surgical confidence by enabling surgeons to adapt their approach based on real-time information, contributing to the well-being of the smallest and most vulnerable patients.
  • Flow measurement offers additional, vital data beyond what the Doppler method provides, particularly in terms of delivering a numeric value rather than just directionality.

Precision in Every Size, for Every Patient

At the heart of our patient-centric flowprobe innovation lies the COnfidence Flowprobes (AU-Series), available in a range of sizes, including 4 mm and 6 mm. For the smallest patients, like micro-preemies (babies born before the 26th week of pregnancy or weighing less than 1.75 pounds), our Microvascular Flowprobes (MU-Series) offer sizes as small as 0.7 mm – the smallest clinical flowprobes currently on the market.

Why does size matter?
Because the vessels in pediatric patients are tiny and traditional tools often fall short in providing accurate measurements.
Did you know that we produced smaller flowprobe sizes at the request of Boston Children’s Hospital?
There was a need and we filled it – and continue to do so – because we are committed to meeting specific market demands that advance pediatric care and help save lives. We don’t just provide leading medical technology at Transonic – we are partners in patient care.

To learn more about using Transonic technology to optimize care for pediatric patients, browse our resources:

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