A Locum’s ScrapBook: A Cool ECC Modification

“These shunts were put in place to allow for passive recirculation of the Qust MPS Microplegia system, so that an unexpected negative pressure will NOT deprime the MPS system.”

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Editor’s Note:

To view the entire “Locum’s ScrapBook” series- click here

My life is Family First and then Perfusion.  I switched from staff perfusionist to becoming a Locum’s traveler to make sure my kids and family would have a solid place to call home.  I travel because it puts me in charge of my life, it is challenging, and I enjoy learning new techniques, other ways of doing things, as well as getting exposure to alternate approaches and paradigms.  

So I took my show on the road.  As such, every once in awhile I will be dropping a few notes and pictures of places visited, and observations made.  In a sense, the beginning of a scrap book on Open Heart Surgery in America (and other places if possible).”

Enjoy 🙂

Frank

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A Cool ECC Modification

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As you can see above, we have an interesting modification to what we usually see in terms of our vent/root suction lines.  These shunts were put in place to allow for passive recirculation of the Quest MPS Microplegia system, so that an unexpected negative pressure will NOT deprime the MPS system.  Obviously this is dependent on how the cardiplegia assembly and vent are managed at the field.  Regardless, it is a unique approach to problem solving that i hadn’t previously encountered.

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The above modification at the same institution, is probably the simplest Oxygenator change out loop I have so far encountered.  I guess if you had FX quick connectors in place, this would be an even slicker way to engage in bypassing a failed Oxygenator.

Kudos to this group- and whomever implemented these safety features!

Well done (MVP) 🙂

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