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

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Hybrid OR [1] The Genesis of

Meet Andrea…  One part of the beginning of the process- Editor’s Note: Over the past year or so, a Hybrid room as been under construction, here in West Texas.  Being very close to one of the cardiac operating rooms- during this process, the sounds of drilling and hammering mix in with Pink Floyd, Annie Lennox,…

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Long-Term Outcomes Favor Heart Surgery Over Stents and Angioplasty

Long-Term Outcomes Favor Heart Surgery Over Stents and Angioplasty Released: 1/23/2013 8:00 AM EST Embargo expired: 1/29/2013 3:05 AM EST Source Newsroom: Society of Thoracic Surgeons (more news from this source) Press conference: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. PT Room 512, LA Convention Center Newswise — Los Angeles—Patients who undergo coronary artery bypass…

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The CentriMag VAD : Insertion & Cannulaes

The CentriMag Pump Display Console and Drive Units Operative Technique RVAD The right ventricular assist device (RVAD) is usually established with the right atrium as the inflow and the main pulmonary artery as the outflow. LVAD The outflow of the LVAD is the ascending aorta except in unusual cases where the descending aorta or a…

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Cardiac Assist Devices for Patients Ineligible for Transplant

Click image to view source article Bridges? Jarvik Heart, a New York-based maker of miniaturized heart assist devices announced Monday that the company has received regulatory approval for a clinical trial designed to test a ventricular assist device for end-stage heart failure patients. The patients are those that are not candidates for an eventual heart…

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New Technologies: The Hemobag:

Editor’s Note: A friend of mine asked me for my opinion of the Hemobag, a blood-salvaging device designed for whole blood recovery of residual post-CPB volume. I have never used it- so I ask for your opinions on the efficacy as it pertains to ultrafiltration, perioperative cellsaving, and scavenging the residual volume of the ECC…

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HEXMO: Miniaturized ECMO

Click image above to view Source Article Editor’s Note: A submission and link found on Gruppo dei Perfusionisti!!!. Submitted by:  Hiroyuki Kuromitsu This technology is still in the research stages, but seems very workable and sophisticated.  I have no idea about a time table for in-vivo human trials. = = Click image to view entire…

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New Technologies : CORMATRIX: Bio-Tissue Technology

Click image to view source article = = Editor’s Note: This is a product I discovered while reading online @ the FB site “Gruppo dei Perfusionisti!!!” an I Italian on-line perfusion group.  My frriend Emiliano Vitalini posted the link for the article- and I had seen an insert on it before- so thought I would…

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Perfusion Apps: Perfusion Tools v2

Click on image to download this App. Rating: not yet rated Likely User: CCP / MD / BSN Best Attribute: Sleek & Quick Caveat: None Developer:  Patrick Carfrey, CCP Description:  This tool provides quick and easy calculations of perioperative values such as Estimated Blood Loss. Perfect for Cardiovascular Perfusionists. Process: Just enter the following patient…

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New Technologies : FerroFluids- Artificial Heart Technology

Click image to view source article Editor’s Note: I got this link from a friend of mine, an extremely talented Operating Room instructor, Paul Landman. “Saw this while reading a news app. Thought you’d find it interesting. Ferrofluid heart mimics human biology to circulate blood.” A new ferrofluid-based artificial heart design seeks to aid transplant…

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ECMOjo : Online ECMO Simulator [Reprint]

(Click Image Above to View Site and Test Drive The Simulator) I was surfing the net (actually I was looking at the newest perfusion website I have become familiar with- a very cool site–  perfusione.net ) when I happened across this ECMO simulator and decided to take a look at it. Manufactures and Product Insert…

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Take the Leash off: The Wireless VAD

Click Image to View Article I ran across a link of this article on the SUNY FB site. So a big thank you to SUNY 🙂 . “Tetherless” power-transmission technology could radically change LVAD therapy…  By Reed Miller Ft Lauderdale, FL– Engineers have been trying to create a completely implantable ventricular assist device (VAD) that…

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Product Review: Orpheus Perfusion Simulator

Editors Comment: I first saw this simulator discussed in a very fine Live Blog of the 2011 ANZCP Perfusion Conference, forwarded by Mr. Martin Glill, perfusionist  from Australia. I personally haven’t seen it deployed or demonstrated at a conference, because I don’t go to as many perfusion meetings as I would like to. So here…

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Product Review: Medos Pediatric Oxygenators

I saw a question regarding the Medos Pediatric Oxygenator, and thought I would I would lay down some details gleaned form a google search. This is not an endorsement or advertisement, simply some company details and product specifications. Click any image to view the Medos  corporate site.  (It’s in German) Click image to enlarge.

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ECMOjo : Online ECMO Simulator

(Click Image Above to View Site and Test Drive The Simulator) I was surfing the net (actually I was looking at the newest perfusion website I have become familiar with- a very cool site–  perfusione.net ) when I happened across this ECMO simulator and decided to take a look at it. Manufactures and Product Insert…

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Fiber Optic IABP :

Any Comments or Observations ? – Nooo…  It’s NOT – the “Little Shop of Horrors” Plant (As Editor… I get to do cool stuff like this…) / Regarding Fiber Optic IABP’s … We have migrated completely to fiber optic Intraaortic Balloons. What is your experience with these? Any clinical issues? I have looked for any…

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Anastamotic Devices

A Review of Anastamotic  SVG devices Proximal anastomotic connectors have been developed to facilitate the anastomosis between the saphenous vein graft (SVG) and the ascending aorta without the use of a partially occluding clamp. The rationale for development of such technology was primarily to minimize the potential for embolization of aortic atheromatous debris. In addition,…

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OSU: 1st Surgery Live Tweets

Live-tweeting surgery: Lessons from a successful debut This is a reprinted article: (To View this article Click Here) Ohio State University Medical Center shares its early concerns, its process, and guidelines for how best to use tweets and video during live coverage. By Jessica Levco | Posted: June 20, 2011 At first, Ohio State University Medical…

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Bi-Caval Dual Lumen Catheter

Have you used a percutaneous venous cannula like this? The AVALONELITE :  Bi-Caval Dual Lumen Catheter (Click image to visit website) We are looking for a percutaneous cannula that transits the internal jugular to the superior vena cava, right atrium, and inferior vena cava. I have looked at this cannula online, but it looks like…

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AngioVac

Looking for Written protocols Anybody have any Experience with this Technology? (Click Image to View Website) I got a Facebook Question today… “Do you know of any written protocols for the Angiovac? I have emailed the company and asked for an inservice and protocols and have not heard back from them. Thanks, Michelle” The Company…

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The Joshua Story [1]

A Bridge  to ? A while ago I got a tweet from someone I didn’t know at all… I don’t get a lot of major league support or endorsements from people that visit here, but certainly I have gotten plenty of encouragement. To get a comment like this, from out of the blue was a…

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Mr. Sid Yarrow: Perfusion Pioneer

Perfusion Profiles Mr. Sid Yarrow:  New Zealander :  Perfusion Pioneer  To View All the Profile Series…  Click Here. A Pioneer Passes… Editors Note:  The first part of this story was posted by Tim Willcox, CCP (Australia) on Perflist. I felt it such an inspiring story, that I tried to dig up a little bit more…

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Need Information ASAP on NOVALUNG

Talya Frey to Perflist show details 9:14 AM (15 hours ago) Need Information ASAP on NOVALUNG We have a 10 kg patient with pHTN that our team is interested in using the Novalung device to treat worsening RV function and chronic poor lung function. I am looking for any information regarding useage of this device,…

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New Technologies

The ROTOFLOW VAD (Maquet) This is the second post regarding VAD technology. These posts are not meant to promote or recommend any particular system over another system.  That is  not what this forum is about. These devices are out there and being used by our peers, so I ask exactly that from you- an honest…

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New Technologies:

The CentriMag VAD (Levitronix) I was asked by one of our surgeons about this device.  Having not seen it personally, I wanted to solicit opinions of individuals that have had the opportunity to either trial it- or have seen a demonstration of this device.  Any and all comments would be appreciated, please leave them in…