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Coronavirus spurs Terumo and Senko to make more heart-lung machines

Japanese medical equipment makers respond to government production subsidies

Japanese medical equipment maker Terumo plans to double its production capacity for heart-lung machines as demand for the devices surges, along with the number of coronavirus patients.

TOKYO -- Japanese medical equipment companies will increase production of heart-lung machines used to treat severe pneumonia, as they work to meet surging demand in response to the growing number of novel coronavirus infections.

Terumo, Japan's largest manufacturer of catheters, will increase its output of heart-lung machines, more than doubling its capacity over the next few months. At present, the company makes a little over 100 of the devices each year.

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