A stimulating discussion of the Vienna paper that advances elective ECMO support for bilateral pulmonary transplantation.
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Mechanical circulatory assistance
Discussion of "Intraoperative Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation and the Possibility of Postoperative Prolongation Improve Survival in Bilateral Lung Transplantation"
May 3, 2018
Retrieval of Severe Acute Respiratory Failure Patients on Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation: Any Impact on Their Outcomes?
May 3, 2018
The latest on portable venovenous ECMO in a cohort in which half of the subjects died after a resource-intensive treatment. The results of the relevant EOLIA trial are keenly awaited.
May 3, 2018
A somewhat delayed publication of a 2016 paper that discusses important trends in cardiac transplanation in the light of increasing use of ECMO.
In Global News: Raising Esophageal Cancer Awareness, Healthy Eating for Healthy Arteries, and Avoiding TAVR-Induced Coronary Obstruction
April 6, 2018
Patient Care A baby in Taiwan is the third-lightest to have undergone repair of a type A interrupted aortic arch and aortopulmonary window.
April 3, 2018
Gosev and colleagues evaluated the baseline characteristics and outcomes in 156 patients from 12 centers who survived at least four years on left ventricular assist device (LVAD) support. Among this group of patients, mean survival was 7.1 years (95% CI 6.7 to 7.5 years).
March 27, 2018
A succinct balanced editorial advancing, amongst other things, the position for initial nonintervention for submassive pulmonary embolism.
March 12, 2018
An interesting two-year report from the MOMENTUM 3 randomized controlled trial comparison of HeartMate 3 and II, the analysis performed by Abbott. Although stroke and reoperation were clearly lower with the latest technology, reflected in the lower LDH measurements, there was bafflingly no improvement in survival.
March 1, 2018
The authors present a thorough expert consensus review on the prevention—preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative—and the postoperative management of sternal wound infections. The authors conclude with a guideline with class recommendations and levels of evidence. This article should be in every cardiac surgeon's armamentarium.
Selective Implantation of Durable Left Ventricular Assist Devices as Primary Therapy for Refractory Cardiogenic Shock
February 28, 2018
A retrospective Mount Sinai small series on selective emergent implantation of long-term ventricular assist devices in cardiogenic shock. It challenges the traditional concept of short-term stabilisation with ECMO or short-term support, and is likely to generate criticism and discussions.
February 23, 2018