Carolinas HealthCare System

Research and Clinical Trials

Humanitarian Use Device: Synapse NeuRx Diaphragm Pacing System
Brief Description  
A device which allows patients, 18 years of age and older, to breathe without the assistance of a mechanical ventilator for at least 4 continuous hours a day. The device electrically stimulates the diaphragm and maintains adequate ventilation for patients with upper motor neuron respiratory paralysis (C1-C2), related to spinal cord injury, whose remaining Phrenic nerve, lung and diaphragm functions are normal. When stimulated by the pacer the diaphragm contracts which mimics natural breathing an
Who may be Eligible  
Males or females 18 years and older Stable high spinal cord injury which requiring a respirator to breathe Diaphragm must still be stimulatable
spinal cord injury¸ ventilator dependent
IRB Number  
Principal Investigator  
Bockenek, William

For More Information, Contact   Robin  Martin , BS
Phone:  (704) 355-3558  Fax:  (704) 355-8837 
Address:  Carolinas Rehabilitation Referral Development 1100 Blythe Boulevard Charlotte, NC 28203 1-877-REHAB51