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I contacted Mr. Morton regarding permission to reprint the results of this survey. I thank him for this opportunity. It was initially submitted to AMSECT via PERFLIST.
Graft Preservation During Heart Transplant
Authored by: John Morton, BS, CCP
“I would like to thank all participants in this survey concerning graft preservation during heart transplant. Responding to the survey were 28 centers in the US and 6 international centers.”
John Morton, BS, CCP
Fort Wayne, IN
Preservation solution used:
4% Del Nido
Is additional cardioplegia / preservation solution given upon return to the implanting institution?
If additional cardioplegia / preservation solution is given, what solution is used?
78% Blood Cardioplegia
13% Crystalloid Cardioplegia (as used during routine open-heart)
9% Preservation Solution
Average volume of preservation solution given during harvest?
Range of values- 1000 to 3000ml
Who infuses the preservation solution at the time of harvest?
8% Cardiac Fellow
8% Explanting Surgeon
25% Organ Procurement Organization
8% Surgical Scrub Technician
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