Posts Tagged ‘cardiopulmonary bypass’

Remote Ischemic Preconditioning in Cardiac Surgery

Posted by • October 7th, 2015

In a lab at Duke University in 1986, scientists conducted an experiment comparing two different ways to give a dog a heart attack. The investigators cut off the blood flow of the circumflex artery for 40 minutes in 12 dogs. For 7 of those dogs, they first initiated a “preconditioning” protocol that consisted of four 5-minute… Read More…

Accidental Hypothermia

Posted by • November 16th, 2012

Advances in rewarming have improved the prognosis for patients with hypothermia, especially those with cardiac arrest treated with extracorporeal rewarming. The latest  review in our Current Concepts series covers prehospital care, transport, resuscitation fluids, and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. Accidental hypothermia (i.e., an involuntary drop in core body temperature to <35 degreesC [95 degreesF]) is a condition… Read More…