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BACKGROUND Orthotopic heart transplantation is the gold-standard long-term treatment for medically refractive end-stage heart failure. However, suitable cardiac donors are scarce. Although donation after circulatory death has been used for kidney, liver, and lung transplantation, it is not used for heart transplantation. We report a case series of heart(More)
Primary graft failure (PGF) is a devastating complication that occurs in the immediate postoperative period following heart transplantation. It manifests as severe ventricular dysfunction of the donor graft and carries significant mortality and morbidity. In the last decade, advances in pharmacological treatment and mechanical circulatory support have(More)
Donation after circulatory death (DCD) offers a potential additional source of cardiac allografts. We used a porcine asphyxia model to evaluate viability of DCD hearts subjected to warm ischemic times (WIT) of 20–40 min prior to flushing with Celsior (C) solution. We then assessed potential benefits of supplementing C with erythropoietin, glyceryl(More)
BACKGROUND Donation after circulatory death (DCD) provides an alternative pathway to deceased organ transplantation. Although clinical DCD lung, liver, and kidney transplantation are well established, transplantation of hearts retrieved from DCD donors has reached clinical translation only recently. Progress has been limited by concern regarding the(More)
The shortage of donors in cardiac transplantation may be alleviated by the use of allografts from donation after circulatory death (DCD) donors. We have previously shown that hearts exposed to 30 min warm ischemic time and then flushed with Celsior supplemented with agents that activate ischemic postconditioning pathways, show complete recovery on a(More)
Numerous studies have documented that experts exhibit more efficient gaze patterns than those of less experienced individuals. In visual search tasks, experts use fewer, longer fixations to fixate for relatively longer on salient regions of the visual field while less experienced observers spend more time examining nonsalient regions. This study(More)
BACKGROUND Hearts from older donors are increasingly being referred for transplantation. However, these hearts are more susceptible to ischemia-reperfusion injury (IRI), reflected in higher rates of primary graft dysfunction. We assessed a strategy of pharmacologic conditioning, supplementing Celsior (Genzyme, Naarden, The Netherlands) preservation solution(More)
Large UAVs depend on GPS technology to accurately describe their position, and navigate to their objectives successfully. However, Micro Air Vehicles (MAVS) cannot rely on GPS technology when navigating indoors. Much research has been conducted to develop robust control systems for MAV formations. Most of this research requires off-board sensing to provide(More)
A limitation of veno-venous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (VV-ECMO) is the recirculating of newly oxygenated blood back to the VV-ECMO circuit. We compared cannulation strategies for combating recirculation utilizing a mock circulation loop (MCL) with ultrasonic flow probes and pressure transducers ensuring that the MCL was run at physiological(More)