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Challenges with Heart Transplants and Considerations for Facing Them

David A. Baran from the Cleveland Clinic Heart Vascular and Thoracic Institute, Section of Heart Failure, Transplant, and Mechanical Circulatory Support, discussed current challenges with heart transplantation and his suggestions for considerations to make when forging a way forward. The complete editorial comment by David A. Baran is available in the Journal of the American College…

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Management of Penetrating Cardiac Injury and Tricuspid Regurgitation With ECMO

In February 2024, researchers from Boston University Chobanian and Avedisian School of Medicine (Division of Cardiac Surgery, Division of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, and Department of Surgery) and University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (Department of Medicine) detailed the case report of a 17-year-old gunshot survivor with injury of two cardiac chambers…

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Redo-TAVR Criteria for Patient Selection and Clinical Outcomes

 Researchers from the Quebec Heart & Lung Institute at Laval University offered concepts to consider when selecting candidates for redo-TAVR and reviewed updated data on complication rates and clinical outcomes. Attilio Galhardo, Marisa Avvedimento, Siddhartha Mengi, and Josep Rodes-Cabau’s complete manuscript is available in the Journal of Clinical Medicine. Below is a summary of their review….

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Using Regional Anesthesia to Reduce Blood Loss in Isolated Limb Perfusion (ILP)­­­­

In October 2023, researchers from Helios Klinikum Berlin-Buch (Department of Orthopedic Oncology and Department of Anesthesiology), University Medicine Greifswald (Center for Orthopedics, Trauma Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine), Berlin Institute of Health (Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Center for Musculoskeletal Surgery, and BIH Charite Clinician Scientist Program), and Meso International GmbH compared total blood loss…

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Improve Propofol Recovery by Saturating Ex Vivo ECMO Circuit Through Direct and Continuous Dosing

In December 2023, researchers from the University of Utah (Department of Molecular Pharmaceutics, Department of Biomedical Engineering, and Department of Pediatrics) and Philipps Universität Marburg completed a study to determine if propofol adsorption can saturate ex vivo extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) circuits. The complete manuscript by Nitish Khurana, Till Sünner, Oliver Hubbard, Carina E. Imburgia,…

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Managing Differential Gas Exchange in Peripheral Venoarterial ECMO

In October 2023, researchers from Columbia University Irving Medical Center (Division of Thoracic Surgery, Division of Cardiology, Division of Nephrology, Clinical Perfusion, and Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine), Community Memorial Health Systems (Department of Surgery), and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine) detailed their management…

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Bivalirudin Vs. Heparin for ECMO Anticoagulation

In August 2023, researchers from Texas Children’s Hospital (Department of Pediatrics and Department of Medicine) and Baylor College of Medicine (Department of Pathology & Immunology) compared bivalirudin with unfractionated heparin for anticoagulation management in extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) support. The complete manuscript by Amir Navaei, Vadim Kostousov, and Jun Teruya is available in Frontiers in Medicine….

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Blood: A Historical and Cultural Background

In the annals of history, the concept of blood has transcended its physiological role, assuming a myriad of cultural and symbolic meanings in the Old World. This vital fluid has been woven into the fabric of religious practices, rituals, and societal beliefs, reflecting ancient cultures’ diverse perspectives and values.In the realm of ancient Egypt, blood…

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Associations Found Between Endothelial Activation and Unfavorable Outcomes in Pediatric ECMO Patients

Researchers from Children’s National Health System (Department of Pediatrics), Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (Department of Epidemiology), Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Department of Radiology, Department of Neurology, Department of Pediatrics, and Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine), and Kennedy Krieger Institute investigated the associations between inflammatory markers and endothelial activity…

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Omics Markers of Red Blood Cell Transfusion in Trauma

Red blood cell (RBC) transfusions save countless lives each year, but the molecular effectiveness of such treatments, especially in trauma patients, isn’t well-studied. A groundbreaking study using plasma metabolomic and proteomic measurements from trauma patients provides a first-of-its-kind molecular-level evaluation of RBC transfusion efficiency. The complete manuscript by Ian S. LaCroix, Mitchell Cohen, and Monika Dzieciatkowska is…

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Anticoagulation Management Recommendations in Temporary Mechanical Circulatory Support Devices

In July 2023, Ellen B. Yin from Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center (Department of Pharmacy) compiled current recommendations for anticoagulation management in temporary mechanical support devices. Detailed below are the complete recommendations, also available in the Texas Heart Institute Journal. Most mechanical circulatory support devices require anticoagulation to prevent device thrombosis and flow obstruction. This is…

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Mental Health and well-being Tools for Health Care Workers

Mental health is a crucial aspect of overall well-being, and healthcare workers, like anyone else, can face unique challenges in maintaining good mental health. The demanding nature of their jobs, long hours, exposure to trauma, and the pressure to provide high-quality care can contribute to stress and burnout. Working in a high-stress clinical setting is…

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