A Locum’s ScrapBook: Sometimes… The Bear Gets YOU…

“The simple fact that a centrifugal hand-crank is in the room, does not at all satisfy the “yes” box in the checklist” Editor’s Note: Just when you get to the comfort zone of thinking “you are pretty good”? You find out you’re pretty NOT! But don’t get knocked down and NOT get back up.  Shit […]

Unexpected Air: An ECMO Discussion

Editor’s Note: I was on FB and was visiting the Malaysian Perfusion Page, monitoring a discussion regarding venous air entrainment in an ECMO circuit, and the efforts made to save the patient.  This a true emergency, and with a closed system, much more difficult to resolve. The discussion however is what captured my interest because […]

International CQI: Vaporizer Obstructing O2 Q

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Perfusion CQI: Failed Heat Seal on Recirc Line Connection

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Failed Hemonconcentrator: International CQI

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International CQI: USA: Total Oxygenator Failure

Operation: ACB x 3. Pt. Data 70 years old Gender: Male 71 inches 79 Kilograms 1.94 BSA Baseline Hematocrit- 44% Pertinant Hx: Unremarkable. No coagulopathic issues No other issues-  patient appeared to be  robust and healthy. Plan: ACB x 3:  Mild Hypothermia- 34 degrees C.. Prime Constituents: 300 ml  Normosol 5,000 units heparin 37.5 g […]

HAS THIS HAPPENED TO YOU ? H2O Outlet Deformity on Oxygenator:

Click on image to enlarge Have you seen this happen before?  This is my 3rd time.  Plz respond in the comments section below- or send an email privately to ecclog@gmail.com to share your experience and identify if this is indeed a common issue. Editors Note: We are developing a database of common or not-so-common problems […]

An International Perfusion CQI Registry: American, Asian, European, ALL Countries are Invited.

To Join the International Perfusion CQI Registry-  cick image above Editors Note: This is a new platform for Quality Improvement. We are trying to develop a database of common or not-so-common problems encountered by perfusionists during CPB.  We are inviting perfusionists, groups, and institutional participation to develop a universal platform for identifying areas of concern […]

Perfusion Glitches: Deprimed Cardioplegia Line

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Perfusion Techniques: Parallel Oxygenators

Perfusion Techniques: Parallel Oxygenators  _____Click image to enlarge Perfusionist:  Randy Ransom, CCP Equipment:  FX25 Terumo Oxygenators x 2 / Tubing and “Y” connectors Issues:  None Narrative:  Large Patient:  Preoperative adjustment: Bumped up the ECC capacity  to 2 oxygenators setup as a parallel circuit. Time & Place:   2013 About The Perfusionist:  CCP Click to Donate Click […]

Perfusion Glitches: Loss of Vacuum VAVD : Request for Your Opinions

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Current Survey Results: Perfusion Events or Unique Issues

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Post A Perfusion Event or Unique Issue…

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Perfusion Glitches: Waking Patient

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Perfusion Glitches: Kink in Cardioplegia Line

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Perfusion Glitches: Re-Priming Venous Line: Air Bolus RA

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Perfusion Glitches: Kinking of Inlet Side of Arterial Line

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Perfusion Glitches: Fatigue & Air in Arterial Line

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Perfusion Glitches: Pressurized Sucker Line

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Failing Oxygenator

Case Report- Failing Oxygenator… Operation: Aortic Valve Replacement, End to End Graft from Aortic Root to Ascending Aorta. Pt. Data 55 years old Gender excluded 71 inches 95 Kilograms 2.15 BSA Baseline Hematocrit- 48% Pertinant Hx: Unremarkable. No coagulopathic issues No antiplatelet regimen Severe AI Mild AS Dilated Root No other issues-  patient appeared to […]