Eric D Rauch

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The decision to utilize extracorporeal equipment is influenced by a number of factors, including clinical efficacy, cost effectiveness, and personal judgment. The purpose of this study was to report the results of a national survey that examined factors affecting perfusionists' decisions on equipment utilization. An 80-question survey was mailed to chief(More)
Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is associated with profound alterations in hemostasis, with platelet dysfunction often being implicated as a causative factor for transfusion. Nitric oxide (NO) has shown to be a rapid yet temporary inhibitor of platelet function. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of NO on platelet number and(More)
Focus on improved myocardial protection has prompted the development of delivery systems which can accommodate the demands of increasingly refined cardioprotective strategies. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the Sorin Blood Cardioplegia Console (BCC) for accuracy and precision in the delivery of cardioplegia solutions. An in vitro model was(More)
Rheological changes occurring with the conduct of cardiopulmonary bypass affect the distribution of blood throughout the cardiovascular system. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of changing physical characteristics of fluid on the dynamics of blood flow in an in vitro model. An extracorporeal model simulating coronary vessel constriction(More)
Despite the beneficial effects of pharmacological interventions to prevent bleeding and to reduce the need for autogeneic blood, there are concerns that these agents induce a prothrombotic state. The purpose of this study was to examine the coagulation phenomena influenced by the coadministration of epsilon-aminocaproic acid (EACA) and aprotinin during(More)
Within the last 10 years, the incorporation of off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting (OPCAB) into many surgical practices has grown. OPCAB requires the surgeon to operate on a beating heart, and it is generally accepted that OPCAB procedures are more technically demanding. Concerns of possible incomplete revascularizations and decreased graft patency(More)
Despite the acceptance of extracorporeal circulation as an effective modality to facilitate cardiac surgery, patient outcomes can be negatively influenced by the occurrence of perfusion incidents. A perfusion survey was conducted to identify safety techniques and incidents related to cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB). An 80-question survey was mailed to chief(More)
Severe coagulation defects often develop in neonates undergoing cardiac surgery, both as a result of the surgical intervention, and as pre-existing defects in the hemostatic mechanisms. The following case report describes a newborn patient with complex congenital heart disease and respiratory failure whose pre-operative coagulopathy was aggressively managed(More)
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