Saturday Morning Brunch VI

Questions Regarding ECC Prime Duration, Sterility, Membrane Functionality… 1st Week of April To see all the of the Saturday Morning Brunch series click here. It’s All About the Timing … Well it’s been an interesting week.  Two cancellations in a row, and a wet circuit that I primed Wednesday afternoon and plan to use for […]

Rx for Hemolytic Reaction

Rx  FOR HEMOLYTIC REACTION As a result of gross exposure to a hypotonic environment. Hemolysis of blood samples. Red blood cells without (left and middle) and with (right) hemolysis. If as little as 0.5% of the red blood cells are hemolyzed, the released hemoglobin will cause the serum or plasma to appear pale red or […]

New Technologies:

The CentriMag VAD (Levitronix) I was asked by one of our surgeons about this device.  Having not seen it personally, I wanted to solicit opinions of individuals that have had the opportunity to either trial it- or have seen a demonstration of this device.  Any and all comments would be appreciated, please leave them in […]

Saturday Morning Brunch IV

Saturday Morning Brunch (Late Mid-March) Welcome back and hello. March Madness is kicking in (for those of you that follow College basketball here in America).  If not- it’s closer to Spring and a true reason to lift our spirits and celebrate. So today’s topic is somewhat whimsical. It’s like that first gust of Spring air […]

Japan: Radiation and Bypass

How do you explain? An incredible sadness that is nameless until it happens to you? Clearly things in Japan are bad and getting worse.  I assume heart surgery hasn’t stopped.  But perhaps resources are getting stingy, and is there a need to be addressed? I certainly don’t know.  Any assist options?  Is it even needed?  […]

Heparin Alternatives

Authored by Steve Sutton, LP, CCP Steve Sutton is well known and highly regarded into today’s Perfusion community.  He is a strong proponent for advancing Perfusion education and in pursuing that goal,  he has given numerous presentations at some of the most  premier Perfusion meetings held each year. Along with his dedication to Perfusion as […]

AUTOLOGOUS BLOOD THERAPY COURSE

AUTOLOGOUS BLOOD THERAPY COURSE (ABTC) Presented: February, June, and October Jackson, Mississippi The ABTC was initially created in July, 1999, as an effort to share the exprience/expertise of PRFUZN, Inc. with other individuals that had an interest in this new and evolving technology. The purpose of the Course is to impart knowledge acquired by PRFUZN, […]

CEREBRAL PERFUSION

Retrograde Cerebral Perfusion PURPOSE: To provide an alternative method of cerebral protection during procedures which require the cessation of cardiopulmonary bypass.  To provide an alternative method of cerebral protection during procedures where no other means of aortic perfusion, and thus cerebral perfusion, can or will be performed.  To provide an adjunctive therapy for the management […]

ACCIDENTAL HYPOTHERMIA

ACCIDENTAL HYPOTHERMIA (Written with assistance from Thomas Doyle, MS, CCP) I.    INTRODUCTION: Cardiopulmonary bypass has proven effective in the rewarming of hypothermic or under-ice drowning victims.  Oxygenation has not been shown to be a critical factor in these circumstances.  However, most groups make use of an oxygenator to provide for efficient heat exchange and the […]

ERYTHROBLASTOSIS FETALIS

Erythroblastosis Fetalis (Written with assistance from Thomas Doyle, MS, CCP) I.    GENERAL INFORMATION: Erythroblastosis Fetalis is a process relating to a blood incompatibility disorder.  This disorder is characterized  by  the mother rejecting the fetus  due to an incompatibility of blood group types caused by previous pregnancy or blood transfusions.  Gamma globulin’s are transported across the […]

Saturday Morning Brunch III

(Mid March) (Click Here if you want to skip to a list of posts) Foot Prints ? (Click Here to go directly to the comments section) I debated on whether this should be a “Brunch Topic“, an “About Topic“, or a regular “Daily Post Topic“. The bottom line was this- it’s just a topic header.  […]

Online Edu. IAPB Course

3 hour live web seminar Click Here to Read ….. This 3 hour live web seminar will include a review of the theory of intra-aortic balloon counterpulsation (IABC) therapy, followed by a discussion of the technical aspects of the MAQUET IABP and the IAB catheter. Troubleshooting the alarms and advisories will also be discussed.12:00PM – […]

CPS Support

CPS Support (Written with assistance from Thomas Doyle, MS, CCP) CPS used by EMS … Click to read article… An interesting paper on using expanding percutaneous cannulas with CPS. Click to read article… Procedure for CPS A.    Disposable Equipment: 1.  CPS Pack 2.  Percutaneous cannulae (arterial/venous) 3.  Membrane oxygenator with integral heat exchanger and holder. […]

VAD / ECMO Policy v. 1.0

Editor’s Note: This is a disclaimer: As with all material presented on this site,  please use your own judgement as to what you feel is clinically safe, vetted, and makes sense to you.  This blog is NOT peer reviewed or sanctioned by any perfusion associated review board or academic body. That is not to say […]

Case Study: CPB & Pregnancy

Case Study:  CPB & Pregnancy by Steve Sutton, LP, CCP Steve Sutton is well known and highly regarded into today’s Perfusion community.  He is a strong proponent for advancing Perfusion education and in pursuing that goal,  he has given numerous presentations at some of the most  premier Perfusion meetings held each year. Along with his […]

Saturday Morning Brunch II

Saturday Morning Brunch (First  Weekend of March) (Click Here if you want to skip to a list of posts) Let’s Pig Out ! Lechon from the Philippines Surf’s Up ! And it’s a bit earlier than Saturday here in the states, but I launched early to accommodate the other half of the world. G”Day, guten […]

An I Phone for Every Pot?

The MidWeek Scramble… An I Phone for Every Pot? (Click Here if you want to skip to a list of posts) That is an interesting question reflective of the famous campaign promise of  “ A Chicken in Every Pot ”  made by  Herbert Hoover in 1928. It sounded good- but could it deliver? Of course […]

MicroCircuits & Rapping

MicroCircuits & Rapping (Click Here if you want to skip to a list of posts) In the last 5 months, our institution decided to get aggressive about reducing our transfusion rate, and the numbers of patients that had postoperative bleeding issues. Originally our aim was to reduce the circuit size and use the integrated microcircuits […]