IABP – intra-aortic balloon pump – the device

The IABP is a common device seen often in the CTICU, CCU, or not so frequently in other ICUs.

iabp-infl vs defl

Above, the balloon that is in inflated vs. deflated position.

It resides in the Descending Aorta (proper positioning to be discussed later).

iabp - dvc

Above : the IABP console.

iabp - dvc scrm

Above : the IABP control.

iabp - radiogr

IABP inserted percutaneously via femoral artery and residing in the descending Aorta.