Blood and Fava Beans

No, this is not an article about the favorite side dish of a bloodthirsty murderer (ala Hannibal Lecter of “The Silence of the Lambs” fame).  It is about broad beans, blood and a rare perfusion complication. Favism, named after the… Read More

Why Do We Wash The Blood Prime in the ECMO Pump? Nobody Else Does!

The initiation of CPB or ECMO results in the rapid exchange of blood at the rate of 100 ml/kg/min in infants. Cardiac arrest from the rapid infusion of PRBC is a well known complication of blood transfusions. Other electrolyte imbalances… Read More

Malignant Hyperthermia Part II

  The perfusionist’s preparation to deal with malignant hyerthermia (MH) and its variants should begin with the education of other health care professionals. Because the resuscitation of a patient enduring MH can be lengthy, sufficient time is usually available for… Read More

Say “Hello” To ECMOjo !

Perfusion simulators for training are becoming very popular and a new Source Forge open source simulator called “ECMOjo” from Hawaii is now available to anyone wishing to test their skills in using a heart/lung machine in the form of an… Read More

The Oxygen Challenge On ECMO

THE OXYGEN CHALLENGE OR HYPEROXIA TEST ON ECMO The oxygen challenge or hyperoxia test for respiratory ECMO patients makes it easy to evaluate the lungs ability to transfer oxygen.  The FiO2 on the ventilator is increased to 100% for 5… Read More

Chest Tubes And ECMO

Chest tubes can significantly contribute to complications in respiratory ECMO patients primarily due to bleeding from the chest wall into the chest cavity. One internal chest wound can seriously complicate ECMO efficacy and the need for a second tube amplifies… Read More

Perfusionists Need To Partner With A New Type Of Physician

The partnership between the perfusionist and the cardiac surgeon goes back to the very beginnings of open heart surgery. Even today, most perfusionists work under the auspices and authority of the heart surgeon or anesthesiologist. The vast majority of perfusion… Read More

Perfusion Theory is an educational platform for the Oxygen Pressure Field Theory (OPFT). August Krogh’s theoretical concept of the oxygen pressure field is explained and then applied to clinical applications in perfusion practice.

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