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The Currents, Eddys & Riptides- of Open-Heart Surgery

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The BEST Positioning for Air Detector on ECC ? Survey

Editor;s Note: So last night- I got a text from a good friend of mine JE down in Southern Indiana regarding where to position the bubble detector on an ECC with an integrated membrane oxygenator (ie: the ALF is part of the membrane component thus an ALF post membrane is not required). The message is…

Chase Crytsalloid out through Oxygenator ...

“SLOPPY” is NOT- In the Perfusion Dictionary!

Editor’s Note:   I have huge respect for the manufacturers of our ECC packs and disposables.  Most often, if a pack needs to be customized or changed- they are right on it.  However, over the past few weeks I have been working with this one disposable ECC that has been a huge disappointment in terms…

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A Pump is Born… 1

  Editor’s Note: Sometimes you get lucky enough to be part of either a new program, or in this case, getting 2 new pumps 6 days before Christmas!  All I can say, looking at our new hardware/pumps?  They are just damn pretty!  These happen to be the newest generation/iteration of what is IMO the best…

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Perfusion 101: Cannulation Sketches

Editor’s Note: How often have you found yourself drawing on the back of a piece of paper, your chart, a napkin, a paper towel, or a scrap of paper- in order to draw a picture describing an anatomical aspect of perfusion, the heart, or cannulation? I know that I have done it more times than…

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Customizing Your ECC

Editor’s Note: At some point in time, we have all had (or will have) the opportunity to customize our pump packs (ECC) in order to make them more efficient, adjust or integrate to new techniques, reduce cost, adjust to new clinical expectations from the surgeon, or minimize priming volume. So today, that was exactly what…