FDA approves NeuRx diaphragm pacing system for use in spinal cord- injured patients
Developed by University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Case Western Reserve University and Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the NeuRx Diaphragm Pacing System (DPS) for spinal cord-injured patients who are dependent on ventilators for breathing. The light-weight, battery-powered electronic DPS allows patients to breathe and speak more naturally, while eliminating the need for a power source and concern over power outages.
The system was developed over the course of 20 years through a joint research effort of physicians and engineers, primarily at University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Case Western Reserve University and Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center, all located in Cleveland. NeuRx DPS is manufactured commercially by Synapse Biomedical, Inc., based in Oberlin, Ohio.
DPS gained national attention in 2003 when University Hospitals Case Medical Center (UHCMC) surgeon Raymond Onders, M.D., implanted the system in actor Christopher Reeve. Dr. Onders is the director of minimally invasive surgery at UHCMC.