Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump Therapy (IABP)
IABP is a medical procedure for the heart using a catheter with a special balloon on the end. The balloon on the IABP is a device helps provide assistance to the heart so it does not have to work as hard. It is most commonly used to support a weakened heart when cardiac drugs alone have not improved it's function. It can also be used to help supply more blood to the heart muscle during procedures or during bypass surgery.
AIRLIFE is equipped to provide IABP therapy during air or ground critical care transports with specialty trained primary team nurses and a portable balloon pump unit.