Perfusion Blog

A collection of posts from our Perfusion Community.

high-tech heart box

University of Michigan Health System tests beating heart transplants

Despite advances in organ transplantation, the way donor hearts are moved from hospital to hospital remains low-tech:  stored on ice and carried in a store-bought cooler. The University of Michigan Health System is testing a new high-tech heart box that [...]
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EMS

How Aortic Aneurysms Become Aortic Catastrophes

Patients with an acute illness to their aorta are unbelievably fragile, requiring tight control of their condition by educated and dedicated providers. This frailty coupled with the risk of instantaneous and irreversible cardiovascular collapse are what give aortic catastrophes such a reputation and need for such surveillance. [...]
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Abided Impella

FDA likely to approve expanded indication of Abiomed's Impella heart pump: SEC filing

Abiomed ($ABMD) revealed in an SEC filing that the FDA has agreed to forgo an advisory panel meeting to discuss an expanded indication for its Impella 2.5, Impella CP, Impella 5.0 and Impella LD heart pumps, meaning permission to use the devices on emergency patients suffering from cardiogenic shock is a near certainty, and should [...]
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TAVR VALVE

Researchers develop model of in-hospital mortality for patients undergoing TAVR

Researchers have developed a model of in-hospital mortality for patients undergoing transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) using data from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS)/American College of Cardiology (ACC) Transcatheter Valve Therapy (TVT) registry. The model will be incorporated in the registry’s software and will help select patients who may benefit from TAVR. Lead researcher Fred H. [...]
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heart lung machine

Perfusionist controls heart, lungs' function during open heart surgery

Mercy Medical Center cardiac perfusionist Chad Brady sits by the hospital's heart-lung machine that he operates. The machine, which is two years old and cost $80,000, maintains the circulation of blood and the oxygen content of the body during open heart surgery. When a patient's heart and lungs need to be stopped during coronary artery [...]
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Patient In Bed

Drastic Fluctuations in CABG Costs Across Hospitals

Drastic Fluctuations in CABG Costs Across Hospitals The price of coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) varies widely across U.S. hospitals, according to a study published in the April 1 issue of The American Journal of Cardiology. Bria D. Giacomino, DO, from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine in Iowa City, and colleagues obtained [...]
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