Protecting the Brain

Viscosity: (Keeping it Brief…) How far do we HemoDilute? I got into a discussion with a colleague of mine who was going to relieve me during an aortic reconstruction case that would require Deep Hypothermic Circulatory Arrest (DHCA). Hypothermia even when mild (34°-36°C) is established to reduce cerebral metabolism and allows the brain to tolerate […]

Protecting the Brain

Perfusion Notes: (Keeping it Brief…) Hypothermia even when mild (34°-36°C) is established to reduce cerebral metabolism and allows the brain to tolerate longer periods of hypoperfusion or ischemia. Embolization of air or particulate matter represents one of the most significant hazards for cerebral insult to the patient undergoing CPB.  It is important to note that […]