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Application of Molecular Hydrogen in Heart Surgery under Cardiopulmonary Bypass

Intraoperative inhalation of molecular hydrogen leads to a decrease in the oxidative stress manifestation, it being most pronounced one day after the operation. This suggests that molecular hydrogen can be used in cardiac surgery as an effective and safe antioxidant.


The Comparison of Albumin and 6% Hydroxyethyl Starches (130/0.4) in Cardiac Surgery: A Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Clinical Trials

This study provided evidence that the 6% HES (130/0.4) might be the substitute for HA, which reduced the economic burden for patients with cardiac surgery. However, the effect of 6% HES (130/0.4) and HA on AKI still needs to be further studied.


Serious Gastrointestinal Complications After Cardiac Surgery and Associated Mortality

Although relatively uncommon, severe forms of GICs are associated with high mortality. Early recognition and aggressive treatment are mandatory to improve outcomes.

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Controlling Reperfusion Injury With Controlled Reperfusion: Historical Perspectives and New Paradigms

This review article first provides a basic overview of the primary pathways to cell death that have the potential to be addressed by various forms of controlled reperfusion, including no-reflow phenomenon, ion imbalances (particularly calcium overload), and oxidative stress. Descriptions of various controlled reperfusion approaches are described, along with summaries of both mechanistic and outcome-oriented studies at the pre-clinical and clinical phases.


International Survey of Neuromonitoring and Neurodevelopmental Outcome in Children and Adults Supported on Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation in Europe

This survey demonstrated significant variability in the use of different neuromonitoring modalities during and after ECMO. The perceived importance of neuromonitoring and follow-up was noted to be very high with agreement for a longitudinal structured follow-up programme, particularly in paediatric patients. Scientific society endorsed guidelines and minimum standards should be developed to inform local protocols.

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Calcium Administration In Patients Undergoing CardiAc suRgery Under Cardiopulmonary BypasS (ICARUS trial): Rationale and Design of a Randomized Controlled Trial

This trial is designed to assess whether intravenous calcium chloride administration could reduce the need for inotropic support after cardiopulmonary bypass weaning among adults undergoing cardiac surgery.


Surgical Setup for Cardiopulmonary Bypass Through Central Cannulation

This tutorial discusses the access, surgical technique, and initiation of cardiopulmonary bypass through central cannulation and describes the safeguards and pitfalls.

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Timing of Congenital Cardiac Surgery in Children who Turned COVID-19 Positive

We conclude that children with asymptomatic or mild COVID-19 disease may be subjected to surgery as early as within 1 week since COVID-19 negative.

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A Communication Guide for Pediatric Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation

The communication framework presented can be adapted to unique institutional and clinical settings. Future research is required to investigate utility and potential barriers to implementation. We anticipate that structured conversations during extracorporeal membrane oxygenation support will facilitate clear expectations toward a common treatment goal, foster therapeutic relationships, ensure clinician alignment and consistent language, mitigate communication gaps, support bereavement, and minimize conflict.


Health Technology Assessment for Cardiovascular Digital Health Technologies and Artificial Intelligence: Why is it Different?

In this review, we compare digital health technologies and artificial intelligence with traditional healthcare technologies, review existing health technology assessment frameworks, and discuss challenges and opportunities related to cardiovascular digital health technologies and artificial intelligence health technology assessment. Specifically, we argue that health technology assessments for digital health technologies and artificial intelligence applications must allow for a much shorter device life cycle, given the rapid and even potentially continuously iterative nature of this technology, and thus an evidence base that maybe less mature, compared to traditional health technologies and intervention


Cardiopulmonary Bypass–Induced Inflammation and Myocardial Ischemia and Reperfusion Injury Stimulates Accumulation of Soluble MER

Soluble MER concentrations increase with cardiopulmonary bypass–induced inflammation and myocardial ischemia and reperfusion injury in pediatric patients. The utility of soluble MER as a clinical biomarker to identify pediatric patients at risk for exacerbated postoperative outcomes after bypass-induced myocardial ischemia and reperfusion injury requires further investigation.

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Methylprednisolone Plasma Concentrations During Cardiac Surgery With Cardiopulmonary Bypass in Pediatric Patients

We report similar methylprednisolone plasma concentrations as earlier studies performed in children undergoing cardiopulmonary bypass, and we confirmed the large interindividual variability in achieved methylprednisolone plasma concentrations with weight-based methylprednisolone administration. A larger volume of distribution and a lower clearance of methylprednisolone for neonates were suggested. The half-life of methylprednisolone in our study was calculated to be longer than 6 h for neonates, 4.7 h for infants, 3.6 h for preschool children and 4.7 h for school children. The possible influence of treatment of pulmonary hypertension with sildenafil and temperature needs to be investigated further.

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Prevention of Cardiac Surgery–Associated Acute Kidney Injury by Implementing the KDIGO Guidelines in High-Risk Patients Identified by Biomarkers: The PrevAKI-Multicenter Randomized Controlled Trial

Implementation of a KDIGO-derived treatment bundle is feasible in a multinational setting. Furthermore, moderate to severe AKI was significantly reduced in the intervention group.


Impact of Left Ventricular Unloading Using A Peripheral Impella®-Pump in eCPR Patients

Concomitant Impella® support might positively influence survival and ECMO weaning in eCPR patients. Treatment-associated complications such as the need for dialysis were more common in this highly selected patient group. Further studies with larger numbers are necessary to evaluate the clinical relevance of concomitant LV-unloading in eCPR patients using an Impella® device.

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Acute Kidney Injury in Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Patients: National Analysis of Impact of Age

AKI is common and is increasing among patients on ECMO support. Patients on ECMO have high mortality and AKI is an independent predictor of mortality. Though age is also an independent predictor of mortality in patients on ECMO, it is neither a predictor of AKI nor does not modify the relationship between AKI and mortality.


Safety and Utility of Modified Ultrafiltration in Pediatric Cardiac Surgery

Complete MUF enables the clinician to safely raise the post-CPB hematocrit to at least 40% while potentially removing mediators that could result in SIRS. In addition a full unit of FFP can be administered while maintaining euvolemia.


Risk Factors and Treatment of Oxygenator High-Pressure Excursions During Cardiopulmonary Bypass

Large body surface area, high hematocrit during CPB, previous stroke and acute surgery were independently associated with HPE. A treatment protocol including epoprostenol appears to be a safe option. Perioperative stroke rate was increased in HPE patients.

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Implementation and 1-Year Follow-Up of the Cardiovascular ICU Standardised Handover

One year after the OR to CVICU standardised handover implementation, the healthcare provider satisfaction remained increased, more team members participated and the information transfer increased. Although some clinical outcomes improved, further studies are recommended to prove causality.


What is the Normal Composition of Pericardial Fluid?

PF is rich in nucleated cells, protein, albumin, LDH, at levels consistent with inflammatory exudates in other biological fluids. Physicians should stop to interpret PF as exudate or transudate according to tools not validated for this setting.


Implementation and Outcomes of a Mobile Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Program in the United States During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic

Herein, the implementation of the mobile ECMO team is reviewed, and patient characteristics and outcomes are described.


Applications and Outcomes of Extracorporeal Life Support Use in Adult Liver Transplantation: A Case Series and Review of Literature

There is evidence for consideration of ECLS as a bridge to LT in patients with potentially reversible respiratory failure or as rescue therapy for respiratory failure in posttransplant patients. ECLS has a prohibitively high risk of futility in pretransplant patients with cardiac failure but may have a role in LT patients with a functioning graft and potentially reversible cardiac failure.


Effect of Acute Limb Ischemia on the Mortality of Patients with Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Established by Femoral Vein-Arterial Catheterization and Analysis of Related Risk Factors

Although ALI is not significantly associated with VA-ECMO in-hospital mortality, it is a risk factor for mortality at 6 months after discharge, and medical personnel should therefore strive to reduce and avoid ALI.

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Coagulation Profile of Neonates Undergoing Arterial Switch Surgery With Crystalloid Priming of the Cardiopulmonary Bypass Circuit

Guidance from ROTEM analyses facilitates hemostasis management after neonatal CPB. Circuit miniaturization with transfusion-free CPB is associated with acceptable changes in ROTEM in most patients, and allows sufficient hemostasis without any HD transfusions in most patients.

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C-Reactive Protein and Procalcitonin after Congenital Heart Surgery Utilizing Cardiopulmonary Bypass: When Should We Be Worried?

Both CRP and PCT increase after CHS with CPB and peak on postoperative day 2. PCT has a greater statistically significant difference in those with documented infection when compared to CRP and a PCT of greater than 5.6 ng/ml should raise suspicion for infection.