Perfusion Blog



Jan, 2017

How to Navigate the ECMO Staffing and Funding Crisis

By: | Tags: , , , | Comments: 1

Protecting the Perfusion Field: How to Navigate the ECMO Staffing and Funding Crisis Introduction to ECMO Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, or ECMO, is a life support technique used to deliver extracorporeal cardiovascular and pulmonary support using hemodynamic care and gas exchanges. Traditionally, perfusionists—highly specialized medical professionals who undergo approximately six years of training to earn their title—have been responsible for the initiation, monitoring, and troubleshooting of the heart-lung machines necessary to…

  • Mitral Valve


Jul, 2016

VA hospitals favor mitral valve repair vs. replacement

By: | Tags: , | Comments: 0

10-year rates mirror non-VA hospitals although wide variability in MV repair rates among centers noted, according to presentation at 96th AATS Annual Meeting Little is known about mitral valve (MV) surgical outcomes within the largest US federal health system -- the Veterans Administration (VA) Health System. At the 96th AATS Annual Meeting, data presented from 40 VA cardiac surgery centers reveal that although MV repair rates increased from 48% in…

  • TAVR


Jul, 2016

Combined OPCAB and TAVR May Be an Option

By: | Tags: , | Comments: 1

Hybrid TAVR Procedure A hybrid procedure combining off-pump CABG and transaortic TAVR appears feasible as a treatment approach for select patients with complex coronary disease and severe aortic stenosis, a small case series suggests. Over a 10-month period, operators performed the hybrid procedure in four men, all of whom had uneventful recoveries and remained complication-free through 6 months, Imthiaz Manoly, MBBS (Central Manchester University Hospitals Foundation Trust, England), and colleagues…

  • CABG


Jul, 2016

CABG Shows Survival Advantage Over PCI in Nondiabetic Patients With Multivessel Disease

By: | Tags: | Comments: 0

The theory that contemporary PCI might diminish the advantage of CABG in patients with multivessel disease does not appear to be valid, at least based on pooled patient-level data from two large randomized trials. “CABG, as compared with PCI with DES, significantly reduced the long-term risk of mortality in nondiabetic patients with multivessel CAD,” write Mineok Chang, MD (Asan Medical Center, Seoul, South Korea), and colleagues. But another researcher who…



May, 2016

HIPEC Provides New Hope for Cancer Patients

By: | Tags: | Comments: 0 For certain late stage cancer patients a specialized procedure called hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) can provide a "new lease on life," as a specialized treatment method. Wilbur B. Bowne, MD, an associate professor at the Drexel University College…

Baby on vent


May, 2016

Prematurely born lambs kept alive in artificial external placenta – human babies could be next

By: | Tags: , , | Comments: 0

  Human trials may follow, if researchers prove their artificial placenta can keep extremely premature lambs alive outside the body until normal infancy. (Credit: University of Michigan). When babies are born extremely prematurely – before 24 weeks of development in the womb – their lungs aren't strong enough to provide their organs with the oxygen needed to develop properly. Nor are they strong enough to handle artificial ventilation. The result…