Perfusion Policies 101: Autotransfusion

Autotransfusion   General Description Intraoperative autotransfusion is used to recover shed blood from the surgical site or post-bypass pump volume. The blood is centrifuged and rinsed with normal saline in a Cell Saver (Haemonetics) or Cobe BRAT (Cobe Cardiovascualr), with the plasma and wash solution being discarded. The resulting washed red blood cells with a […]

Perfusion Policies 101: Vacuum Assisted Venous Return

“Most clinicians, when challenged as to what the basis is that they referenced a clinical decision on, will obviously defer to their residency or training program and cite a clinical policy- whether institutionally based, or part of the public domain.” Editor’s Note: PERFUSION POLICIES 101 Welcome to PERFUSION POLICIES 101.  This will be a continuing series provided […]

Perfusion Policies 101: Left Heart Bypass

“Most clinicians, when challenged as to what the basis is that they referenced a clinical decision on, will obviously defer to their residency or training program and cite a clinical policy- whether institutionally based, or part of the public domain.” Editor’s Note: PERFUSION POLICIES 101 Welcome to PERFUSION POLICIES 101.  This will be a continuing series provided […]

Perfusion Policies 101: Adult ECMO

“Most clinicians, when challenged as to what the basis is that they referenced a clinical decision on, will obviously defer to their residency or training program and cite a clinical policy- whether institutionally based, or part of the public domain.” Editor’s Note: PERFUSION POLICIES 101 Welcome to PERFUSION POLICIES 101.  This will be a continuing series provided […]

Perfusion Policies 101: Axillary Cannulation

“Most clinicians, when challenged as to what the basis is that they referenced a clinical decision on, will obviously defer to their residency or training program and cite a clinical policy- whether institutionally based, or part of the public domain.”   Editor’s Note:   PERFUSION POLICIES 101 Welcome to PERFUSION POLICIES 101.  This will be a continuing […]

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 […]