Pressors; Q; or Volume?

Editor’s Note: Well I was surfing the perfusio.com FB perfusion group, when I came across a continuing dialogue on when and why to adjust pressure using flow, vasopressors, or volume… So it seemed to be a pretty advanced thread- and I thought I would share it to see if anyone else wanted to join in? Pressors; […]

Protamine Reaction

“It binds to heparin to form a stable ion pair which does not have anticoagulant activity; on its own, protamine has a weak anticoagulant effect.”   Protamine sulfate is a drug that reverses the anticoagulant effects of heparin by binding to it. Protamine was originally isolated from the sperm of salmon and other species of […]

From Point A to Point B : Packed Cells

Blood Transfusion on CPB I usually know if I am going to transfuse a patient during the course of cardiopulmonary bypass. Aside from the obvious co-factors associated with blood product administration (Kg, gender, HgB, age, susceptibility to stroke, estimated hemodilution, platelet count, antiplatelets Rx, and a few others), surgical dynamics also come into play. But […]

Italians, Reggae, & CPB

Editor’s Note: This is a FUN video of how the Italians perform cardiac surgery.  It’s fascinating to see the similarities and such few differences (other than ECC parts and protocol). Enjoy 🙂 = CPB @ Our Institution: = Compliments To: Dario Fichera Update “This video was made when I worked in Switzerland, not in Italy! […]

From Point A to Point B : Packed Cells

Blood Transfusion on CPB I usually know if I am going to transfuse a patient during the course of cardiopulmonary bypass. Aside from the obvious co-factors associated with blood product administration (Kg, gender, HgB, age, susceptibility to stroke, estimated hemodilution, platelet count, antiplatelets Rx, and a few others), surgical dynamics also come into play. But […]