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ECMO COVID-19 Intervention Success Story

In patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) due to COVID-19, indications for  Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) are similar to indications for its use in other clinical scenarios. ECMO may be considered when other advanced treatments fail, such as lung-protective ventilation, prone positioning, and high positive end-expiratory pressure (PEEP).1 For specific patient populations, there is …

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How Perfusion School Has Changed: Past, Present & Future

The past 60 years have witnessed a major evolution in clinical cardiopulmonary perfusion education. Much of this progress can be attributed to the continued advancement of medical and surgical technologies. Additionally, a change in how the profession sees itself has impacted perfusion education.  Let’s take a look at how perfusion school has changed and what …

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Perfusionist strategies for blood conservation

The use of allogeneic blood exposes patients to the risk of non-screenable transmittable diseases. Due to these risks, and since blood is a limited resource, perfusionist strategies for blood conservation continue to be developed. Here we will review some of the methodology involved for effective blood conservation practice. Blood Management Program Effective blood resource management …

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Perfusion School: Expectations & Opportunity

Working as a perfusionist is a highly challenging and rewarding career path. The educational standards are high, and the profession appeals to those interested in working on surgical teams and in critical care scenarios. Across the country, there has been an increased demand for perfusion services driven by several factors, such as: Rising number of …

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What are the expectations of a perfusionist career?

For those with a strong background or interest in healthcare and science, a career working as a perfusionist can be highly rewarding. Perfusionists work as key members of cardiovascular surgical teams by using specialized equipment and patient monitoring techniques.  Let’s find out more about this exciting career path essential to the practice of modern medicine. …

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Awake ECMO As A Treatment Option for Severe COVID-19

The use of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) in awake, spontaneously breathing patients (sometimes called “awake ECMO”) has been used for over a decade as a bridge for patients awaiting lung transplants. Cases have also been described where the therapy was used as an alternative to mechanical ventilation in COPD exacerbation. In 2012, the first report …

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