41st Annual Cardiothoracic Surgery Symposium (CREF 2022)

The 41st Annual Cardiothoracic Surgery Symposium (CREF 2022) offers cutting-edge presentations, interactive discussions and debates, hands-on workshops, and extracurricular education on topics related to cardiac surgery, cardiopulmonary bypass, extracorporeal perfusion, and extracorporeal life support. It offers Category 1 CME and CEU credits, meeting the specific educational needs of CVOR and CVICU teams: cardiac anesthesiologists, cardiac…

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Inter-hospital COVID ECMO Air Transportation

The detailed protocol is described alongside initial data of its use. To date, 14 patients have been placed on ECMO support at an outside facility and successfully transported via helicopter to our hub hospital using this protocol.

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Comparison of A Perfusion Simulator to A Clinical Operating Room: Evaluation of Eye Tracking Data and Subjective Perception. A Pilot Study

The use of the simulator for (advanced) training is accepted and explicitly requested by perfusionists. Yet further research is needed to identify the decisive factors (like simulation duration or additional tasks) for a valid execution in the simulator. Furthermore, a larger sample size should be regarded to allow statistical analysis.

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Associations Between Mean Arterial Pressure During Cardiopulmonary Bypass and Biomarkers of Cerebral Injury in Patients Undergoing Cardiac Surgery: Secondary Results from A Randomized Controlled Trial

We found no significant differences in levels of biomarkers of neurological injury in patients undergoing elective or subacute CABG and/or aortic valve replacement randomized to either a target MAP of 40–50 mmHg or a target MAP of 70–80 mmHg during CBP.

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The Effect of Vacuum-Assisted Venous Drainage on Hemolysis During Cardiopulmonary Bypass

There was no significant increase in hemolysis among the groups, which demonstrates that the VAVD technique, even if lower negative pressure is preferred, can be applied safely and effectively to improve venous drainage and consequently, cardiac decompression, even if smaller venous cannulas are used, and also avoid from superfluous fluid addition to sustain adequate extracorporeal perfusion.

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Continuous Ultrafiltration During Extracorporeal Circulation and Its Effect on Lactatemia: A Randomized Controlled Trial

The use and control of continuous high-volume hemofiltration through a polyethersulfone membrane during heart-lung surgery could potencially prevent postoperative complications. The reduction of lactatemia implied a reduction in intubation time, a decrease in morbidity and mortality in the intensive care unit and a shorter hospital stay.The use and control of continuous high-volume hemofiltration through a polyethersulfone membrane during heart-lung surgery could potencially prevent postoperative complications. The reduction of lactatemia implied a reduction in intubation time, a decrease in morbidity and mortality in the intensive care unit and a shorter hospital stay.

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