/PRNewswire/ -- MAQUET Cardiopulmonary, a business unit of MAQUET Cardiovascular and a leader in extracorporeal life support (ECLS) systems, today announced that MAQUET CARDIOHELP@ System has won three awards in recognition of its innovative design and advanced technology and was selected as a finalist for a fourth award. CARDIOHELP is the world's smallest portable heart-lung support system providing ECLS to support circulation and respiration in patients, for up to 6 hours, whose heart and/or lungs are failing.

"MAQUET is proud to have won multiple prestigious awards for our CARDIOHELP System and we believe these awards are a testament to the skill of our engineering and development teams in our cardiopulmonary business unit," said Christian Keller, President and Chief Executive Officer of MAQUET Cardiovascular. "CARDIOHELP has broadened the field of cardiopulmonary support, as it provides options for patients who need immediate, mobile, life-sustaining resuscitation - both inside and outside the hospital."

The CARDIOHELP System, which includes the Heart Lung Support (HLS) Advanced Tubing Set, is the first heart-lung support system approved for both ground and air transportation.* It is light enough to be carried by one person and compact enough to be transported in a helicopter or vehicle. With its disposables, integrated sensors and individual operating modes, the CARDIOHELP System provides new options for patients whose heart and/or lungs are failing.

The CARDIOHELP System was awarded the following between October 2011 and May 2012:

  • Winner of the 2011-2012 European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (EACTS) Techno College Innovation Award, which recognizes technological breakthroughs in all areas related to thoracic and cardiovascular research, and particularly innovations that have the potential to change standard practice.
  • Gold Winner in the EMEA Best in Biz Awards 2012 in the Small/Medium Business Product of the Year category, which recognizes top companies, teams, executives and products for their business success in Europe, Middle East and Africa.
  • Silver Winner in the 2012 Medical Design Excellence Awards in the Critical-Care and Emergency Medicine Products category, which recognizes the achievements of medical device manufacturers, their suppliers, and the many people behind the scenes who are responsible for the groundbreaking innovations that are changing the face of healthcare.
  • Finalist for the Most Innovative New Product Award at the European Life Science Awards 2012, which awards individuals who have demonstrated an unparalleled ability of excellence, and who will be the future stars of the biopharma industry.

"What makes CARDIOHELP so unique is that until recently, it was difficult to transport critically ill patients who required heart-lung bypass support, but now we can bring the support to the bedside and if necessary, the field," said Dr. Wolfgang Rencken, President and Chief Executive Officer of MAQUET Cardiopulmonary AG. "Because it is lightweight and compact enough to be transported in a helicopter or ambulance, it can be used during intra- or inter-hospital transport. With CARDIOHELP, patients can be immediately connected to the cardiopulmonary support they need to begin recovering or stabilizing, and clinicians can gain valuable time that could save the patient's life in virtually any area of the hospital or emergency situation outside the hospital."