(Pericardial Device to monitor Cardiac output and diagnose Tamponade) in cardiac surgery

The PerDeCT™ device can save lives, improve patient outcomes, reduce overall costs, and has an attractive health economic case for medical device manufacturers.

About PerDeCT

Although cardiac surgery is largely safe, some patients develop a life-threatening condition called cardiac tamponade in the immediate postoperative period. Cardiac tamponade is caused by the collection of blood clots in the pericardial space compressing the heart and compromising the cardiac output. The diagnosis of tamponade is subjective, difficult, typically happens late at night and can be confused with other causes of heart failure.

Ultimately, if post-cardiac surgery tamponade is suspected, it can only be excluded by opening the patient’s chest. If the diagnosis of cardiac tamponade is missed, it can lead to cardiac arrest which is resistant to CPR and requires immediate opening of the patient’s chest in the uncontrolled environment of the intensive care unit (ICU). This leads to high mortality (30-70%), poor outcomes for patients and high costs due to multi-organ support and renal dialysis. Early diagnosis of tamponade allows a planned return to theatre with reduced complications, mortality and cost. Accurate diagnosis also stops unnecessary operations in patients with suspected tamponade benefiting both patients and the hospital. Developed by a practicing cardiothoracic surgeon, PerDeCT™ is the only device for the diagnosis of cardiac tamponade and addresses the unmet need for more accurate diagnosis.

The PerDeCT™ device consists of a doppler probe and a balloon uniquely designed to be placed in the pericardium at the end of cardiac surgery. The device is withdrawn through the skin after surgery when the patient has recovered.

In 2021, Dr Fallouh won the prestigious EACTS Technocollege Innovation Award 2021 with the PerDeCT™ device.

Facts and Figures


1.5 million cardiac surgery patients worldwide per year


Tamponade costs 4,500 lives per year


Estimated healthcare cost USD 2.4 billion per year

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