Since 2010, the Freedom® Portable Driver has given SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart (TAH) patients the opportunity to enjoy life at home with their families and friends while they wait for a matching donor heart. Outside the hospital, these patients have been able to thrive and enjoy a “new-normal” quality of life. From playing basketball and golf, to going hunting and four-wheeling, many TAH patients have been able to resume their favorite hobbies and activities, as well as take up new ones. Their robust activity levels have continually surpassed our expectations, expanding the bounds of what is possible while living without a human heart. Now it’s time for SynCardia to advance the technology even further.
Based on experience and feedback from patients, families and clinicians, we’re developing a next generation portable driver to further enhance patient quality of life. The next generation driver is intended to be lighter, quieter and more durable than its predecessor, and to incorporate updated features requested by patients and caregivers, such as an integrated handle, full color touchscreen display and a single-handed driveline-to-driver connection mechanism. To preserve the benefits of pulsatile flow, the next generation driver is intended to be pneumatic like the rest of SynCardia’s drivers. Below is a comparison of the features of the current Freedom Driver and the proposed features of the next generation driver under development.