D.C. Sin, Monash University, Australia
H.L. Kei, formerly at Queensland University of Technology, Australia and
X. Miao, Kuang-Chi Institute of Advanced Technology, P. R. China
This chapter focuses on the surface engineering of ventricular assist devices (VADs) for the treatment of heart failure patients, which involves the modification of surfaces contacting blood in order to improve the blood compatibility (hemocompatibility) of the VADs. Following an introduction to the categorization and the complications of VADs, this chapter pays attention to the hemocompatibility, applications and limitations of six types of surface coatings for VADs: titanium nitride coatings, ...