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Mechanical circulatory assistance

September 19, 2016
It’s well known that VAD and ECMO are associated with bleeding and decreased platelet activity.  This study investigated whether loss of platelet receptors occurred in 21 VAD patients and 20 ECMO patients.
August 28, 2016
Operative and postoperative factors' relationship to intermediate term neurodevelopment were assessed in patients who underwent cardiac surgery on bypass at age 9 mos or less using the Psychomotor Development Index (PMI) and the Mental Development Index (MDI).  Lower PDI and MDI were associated with longer interoperative support time, with use of ECM
July 24, 2016
The authors, using 2 groups of patients, 32 ECMO and 53 non-ECMO, both with a diagnosis of ARDS, describe the two groups' severity of illness, medication regimen and use or nonuse of ECMO therapy.
July 5, 2016
With the rapid expansion of mechanical circulatory support (MCS) in various contexts (CVICU, in-hospital cardiac arrest (E-CPR) and the ED), the authors have provided a very nice overview of the general principles of MCS options and management to assist the broader healthcare team involved with these complex patients.
June 14, 2016
This video demonstrates the authors’ laparoscopic technique for repair of a diaphragmatic hernia after a heart transplant.
May 23, 2016
Μinimal invasive extracorporeal circulation (MiECC) systems have initiated important efforts within science and technology to further improve the biocompatibility of cardiopulmonary bypass components aiming to minimize the adverse effects and improve end-organ protection.
May 5, 2016
The author summarizes the challenges but tremendous potential of mechanical circulatory support for infants and children undergoing heart surgery.
May 4, 2016
Pierre-Emmanuel Falcoz of Nouvel Hôpital Civil, Strasbourg, France, discusses the use of ECMO in thoracic surgery.
April 8, 2016
ECMO is widely used for cardiogenic shock treatment.  Since peripheral V-A ECMO will increase LV afterload and IABP therapy can counterbalance it, will IABP combined with ECMO improve the outcomes?

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