Kevin A. Charette

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Severe obesity is a chronic condition that is difficult to treat through diet and exercise alone. Gastrointestinal surgery for obesity (bariatric surgery) alters the digestive process by either restrictive surgical alterations or malabsorptive operations. Some 10-20% of patients who have weight-loss surgery require follow-up operations to correct(More)
OBJECTIVES We reviewed the use of pediatric mechanical circulatory support before and after transplantation to examinine current results and future strategies. METHODS All patients listed for transplantation from January 2000 to December 2010 who required either extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) or ventricular assist device (VAD) support before(More)
We report on the feasibility, safety, and efficacy of performing therapeutic plasmapheresis (TPE) in parallel with extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) to alleviate antibody mediated rejection (AMR) after heart transplantation. Two pediatric and one adult patient presented with severe congestive heart failure and respiratory distress after heart(More)
OBJECTIVE There is increasing awareness that erythrocyte transfusions after pediatric cardiac surgery have deleterious effects. Despite reports of decreased transfusion requirements associated with smaller cardiopulmonary bypass circuits, the relationship between circuit prime volume and need for transfusion has not been systematically examined. METHODS(More)
BACKGROUND The single dose cardioplegia technique for myocardial protection during congenital heart surgery is a viable alternative to multidose protocols. METHODS Thirty-four pediatric patients with aortic cross clamp times greater than 90 minutes were grouped by modified adult (MA) multidose solution or del Nido (dN) single dose solution. Also, data(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the efficacy of decreasing cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) prime volume for neonates and small infants by using low prime oxygenators, small diameter polyvinyl chloride (PVC) tubing and removing the arterial line filter (ALF) in an effort to reduce intraoperative exposure to multiple units of packed red blood cells (PRBC). METHODS Two(More)
Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is an extracorporeal technique of providing both cardiac and respiratory support to patients whose heart and lungs are so severely diseased or damaged that they can no longer serve their function. Neonatal and pediatric ECMO was accepted as practice in the early 1990s and according to the Extracorporeal Life(More)
The International Consortium for Evidence-Based Perfusion ( is a collaborative partnership of societies of perfusionists, professional medical societies, and interested clinicians, whose aim is to promote the continuous improvement of the delivery of care and outcomes for patients undergoing extracorporeal circulation. Despite(More)