ECLS & Emergency Departments

Editor’s Note: A colleague of mine, Michael, asked me during a conversation if there was any information out there regarding the increased frequency or use of ECLS systems throughout the emergency departments in hospitals across the US.  Interestingly enough, I find myself later in the day, monitoring one of these devices in vivo. Below is […]

Why We Do This: LVAD_one 2009 Days +

“So yes, we engage hope and strive to do our best, but our vision for this patient’s future is sometimes less than vibrant- for the reasons stated above.  Many of us have become LVAD pessimists.” 2009 days x 24 hours x 60 minutes = 2,892,960 minutes of life support… Editor’s Note: I think there is a tendency […]

CARDIOHELP: An In-Service for MD’s, Perfusionists, & Nurses

Click Image to visit CARDIOHELP website Editor’s Note: We are looking at a new system to integrate into our ECMO program, and today we had an in-service from MAQUET, who owns, distributes, and supports the CARDIOHELP ECLS system. This was a 3.5 hour in-service designed to educate physicians, perfusionists, and nurses.  It was offered for three […]

VAD’s & Device Availability List

A ventricular assist device (VAD) is a mechanical circulatory device that is used to partially or completely replace the function of a failing heart. Some VADs are intended for short term use, typically for patients recovering from heart attacks or heart surgery, while others are intended for long-term use (months to years and in some […]

A Marvelous VAD Presentation from China

For every ACTION, there is an EQUAL and OPPOSITE REACTION. This theory impacts life’s varied circumstances, the CAUSE and EFFECT implication… Author / Editor: Co-Editor Anna Lou Villena 🙂 [10] Editor’s Note: This is an extraordinary PowerPoint presentation regarding VAD technology.  It is an eye-opener and definitely well worth viewing. Click image above to view […]

The CentriMag VAD : Insertion & Cannulaes

The CentriMag Pump Display Console and Drive Units Operative Technique RVAD The right ventricular assist device (RVAD) is usually established with the right atrium as the inflow and the main pulmonary artery as the outflow. LVAD The outflow of the LVAD is the ascending aorta except in unusual cases where the descending aorta or a […]

A Bridge to Transplant? How About a BRIDGE to Medicare?

1/2 a year shy of 65- MEDICARE hasn’t kicked in yet… STRANDED ON THE TARMAC Day:1 Day + Day + ACCESS… DENIED ! Day + Day + Day + Day + Day + Day + Epilog … RIP Click to Enlarge You Figure It Out …

Cardiac Assist Devices for Patients Ineligible for Transplant

Click image to view source article Bridges? Jarvik Heart, a New York-based maker of miniaturized heart assist devices announced Monday that the company has received regulatory approval for a clinical trial designed to test a ventricular assist device for end-stage heart failure patients. The patients are those that are not candidates for an eventual heart […]

LVAD Pioneers… :(

Editor’s Note: This is a painting by Michael-Joshua Morris.  He is a friend, a frequent contributor to this blog, as well as his own, and has been incredibly courageous in his efforts to promote awareness of VAD technology.  He has had a  Heartmate II for two years and counting. He just lost a friend…  that’s […]