Don’t Let Them Do It! Minimizing Potentially Stupid & Avoidable Mishaps…

Editor’s Note: I got a phone call from a friend of mine, a perfusion colleague… (let’s just call her JE) the other day, and it was in regards to asking me if there was any available literature or policy that was out there regarding NOT having  sterile water on your operating back table during open […]

STONE Heart: Mechanisms of Injury

Editor’s Note: My colleague and I were doing case together the other day and we discussed why I typically give calcium chloride only after the heart is warm, and has been re-perfused + in normal sinus rhythm for at least 10 minutes. I mentioned the concept of stone heart, a perfusion nightmare that I have never […]

“SLOPPY” is NOT- In the Perfusion Dictionary!

Editor’s Note:   I have huge respect for the manufacturers of our ECC packs and disposables.  Most often, if a pack needs to be customized or changed- they are right on it.  However, over the past few weeks I have been working with this one disposable ECC that has been a huge disappointment in terms […]

Perfusion Policies 101: Anticoagulation Reversal

Renee Toth, BS, CCP   Editor’s Note: Renee is a colleague I work with quite often.  She is an amazing perfusionist as well as administrator, mom, and just a decent all around human being. She has a pretty scathing wit- so beware.  She offered to share a policy she has worked on for a quite […]

Management of weaning from cardiopulmonary bypass after cardiac surgery

Editor’s Note: Oddly enough, I was searching for some information regarding observed hypotensive states post CPB- associated with pump blood reinfusion, when I came upon this very cogent and well written article.  So I diverted my attention for the time being, to sharing this resource. Ill get back to the previous search later 🙂 Enjoy […]

Heater/Cooler Survey Results are In!

  Editor’s Note: Well… I started this survey back in the Fall of last year. (Click image above to view or take the survey) Since then I have been at 4 other institutions and have had the opportunity to observe how my colleagues addressed this issue.  No footprint changes regarding the relative position of the […]

Perfusion Policies 101: Gas Embolism

Editor’s Note: PERFUSION POLICIES 101 Welcome to PERFUSION POLICIES 101.  This will be a continuing series provided to assist your programs with that one puzzle piece we all run into now and then- that one time that an unexpected patient condition may give you pause… The intention here is to disseminate some basic recipes that […]

Perfusion Policies 101: Cold Agglutinins

Editor’s Note: PERFUSION POLICIES 101 Welcome to PERFUSION POLICIES 101.  This will be a continuing series provided to assist your programs with that one puzzle piece we all run into now and then- that one time that an unexpected patient condition may give you pause… The intention here is to disseminate some basic recipes that […]

IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTICE: RE; Heater Cooler Mediated Infections

Editor’s Note: I received this email from Bryan Lich, President of Perfusion.com, and I felt it was important enough to disseminate to the readership and hopefully together we can work to solve this issue.  The content of the letter is below in it’s entirety. Below is a survey to try to gather a consensus on […]

The Heater Cooler Conundrum: Has the Sky Fallen?

“If anyone has a chart or list/table that compares all of the current Heater Coolers, that would go a long way to helping institutions make informed choices as to selecting systems that have the smallest potential footprint regarding impact on laminar flow in the OR, as well as the least amount of potential pt. exposure […]

Perfusion Policies 101: Angiomax

Editor’s Note: The use of alternatives to heparin in terms of managing anicoagulation doesn’t come up often.  It’s easy to get a bit rusty when it comes to using exotic agents such as Ancrod (Hirudin), Angiomax and similar agents. So here is a brief refresher, and as always- a disclaimer here:  Use this information with […]

Desmospressin: A Primer on DDAVP

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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

Editors Note: This is a new Section. We are trying to develop a database of common or not-so-common problems encountered by perfusionists during CPB. Please join us by clicking the Link Above if you have had any sort of unusual event you would like to share. Please email details if you feel that your story […]

Synchronized vs. Unsynchronized Cardioversion

Courtesy of ACLS-Algotithms.com  (Click image to view site) Editor’s Note: It’s funny how you can go an entire career doing something (CPB) and hear the same thing every day, but actually not evaluate what it means.  Yes, I have taken ACLS and studied the electrophysiology of the heart. So anyway, we have just taken off the […]

TEG vs ROTEM? A Brief Comparison AND a Survey?

Click image above to take ROTEM Survey 🙂 Editor’s Note: I was asked by a reader to do an article on thromboelastograms.  Wasn’t sure what approach to take in this regards so decided to do a brief intro and switch the focus in particular to a comparison and differentiation between the two prevalent systems, the TEG and the […]

An ECMO in OMAN: FB Discussion

Editor’s Note: I saw this discussion on the Perfusion.com Group FB page, and thought it merited a post here on ‘Surfes– to demonstrate how effective new media communication can be in real time. Please feel free to add to the discussion 🙂 Frank = Saleh Al Harthy Yesterday at 9:36am · Al Amarat, Oman – […]

Angiomax: Use and Dosing Regimen

Editor’s Note: The use of alternatives to heparin in terms of managing anicoagulation doesn’t come up often.  So many of us get a bit rusty when it comes to using exotic agents such as Ancrod (Hirudin), Angiomax and similar agents. So here is a brief refresher, and as always- a disclaimer here:  Use this information […]

Plz Donate: Intervention Doesn’t Stop AFTER the Operation…

“This would make the realistic GoFundMe goal approximately $10,800- a sum that represents less than the purchase price of a used car…” Click Image Above to Donate 🙂 Editor’s Note: I was checking FB the other day, and spotted a compelling story on the page of a long distance friend (as well as colleague on this […]

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 […]