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The Evolving Role of the Perfusionist: 3 Major Trends

For hospitals and medical centers, the need for perfusion services continues to increase, and the practice has never been more relevant. Additionally, major shifts in the healthcare industry will also influence practitioners.  Let’s see how the evolving role of the perfusionist will be impacted by these new trends.  ECMO Beyond the OR Traditionally, extracorporeal membrane …

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Perfusion Problems: Complications Associated with ECMO/ECLS

Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation or ECMO (also known as Extracorporeal Life Support or ECLS) supports patients during life-threatening situations, such as heart or lung failure due to illness, after cardiac surgery, or as a bridge for patients awaiting a lung transplant or heart assist device.  Despite ECLS being used for decades, perfusion problems continue to exist …

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Mechanical Perfusion and Oxygenation for Extended Ex Vivo Organ Preservation

Since the early days of transplant medicine, the parallel practice of organ preservation branched off into a separate science and field of research. The primary goal of mechanical perfusion and oxygenation is to protect organs from the consequences of hypoxia for as long as possible until transplantation can occur. Cooling is an obvious method to …

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Real-Time Perfusion Monitoring & Electronic Health Records

For perfusionists, useful, relevant data is essential. Real-time data, with the capability to view and review events recorded at any time during a procedure, can be even more useful. Ideally, real-time perfusion systems capture, analyze, and report data—especially unexpected or abnormal parameters—back to a clinician, at or near the moment they occur in the patient’s …

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Improving Patient Outcomes with Better Quality Control Measures

According to a 2016 study published in Health Affairs, $15.4 billion is spent by the medical industry each year on reporting quality measures. Even with this being the case, though, current quality control measures are simply not doing enough to improve patient outcomes. In this article, we’ll take a look at where current quality control …

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Utilizing qualitative research to improve clinical outcomes.

The fundamental purpose of qualitative research is to understand better why a particular group behaves as it does. The numbers produced by quantitative research only scratch the surface of these types of questions, being more about learning which sub-groups are essential and how much they may vary in behaviors and responses. In comparison, qualitative research …

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Paving the way to improve patient safety and quality of Perfusion Services.

Kevin McCusker Ph.D., MSc, CCP, Chief Research Scientist Professor Serdar Gunaydin M.D, Ph.D. Fundamentally, science is not a competition or a zero-sum game; it is neither a chess match nor a wrestling contest. It is an infinite-sum game from which we all benefit. The outcome of the scientific process is not up to the practitioners …

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Scientist-Perfusionists convert scientific findings into clinically relevant applications.

Kevin McCusker Ph.D., MSc, CCP, Chief Research Scientist Professor Serdar Gunaydin M.D, Ph.D. Traditionally, scientists have bridged the gap between the clinic and the laboratory. Scientist-Perfusionists now hold professional degrees related to clinical care (i.e., Ph.D., CCP, RN, RRT, and MT) but spend most of their time in the clinical arena. Through our unique combination …

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