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ICEBP Newsletter #1 - April 2009

This is the first of many to follow newsletters of the International Consortium for Evidence-Based Perfusion – ICEBP. With these newsletters, we wish to keep you updated on the progress that is made by the Consortium, identify opportunities to build increased depth of involvement, and open up opportunity for broader and more fulfilling discussion with each of you.
A second newsletter with more information on how the different subcommittees of the ICEBP operate will follow next. The newsletters are initially intended for all ICEBP societal members, but we believe that broader dissemination will only assist us in our stated mission.

In this Newsletter:

Upcoming Perfusion Safety / Best Practices Meeting 2009
Update on ICEBP accomplishments
How to get involved
About this newsletter

Upcoming Perfusion Safety / Best Practices Meeting

AmSECT's Perfusion Safety / Best Practices 2009 meeting in June (June 25-27, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA) marks a unique union in perfusion that combines the evolution of Perfusion Safety through simulation training with evidence-based principles. The theme of the conference relates to "Translational Science", defined as scientific research that is motivated by the need for practical applications to optimize patient outcome. Translational research transforms scientific discoveries arising from laboratory, clinical, or population studies into bedside clinical practice. Dr. Frank W. Sellke, Cardiothoracic Surgeon in Boston, MA, will present the Keynote address on this topic.

Combining the Perfusion Safety and Best Practices in Perfusion meetings in 2009 creates a synergistic interaction that will provide meeting participants with opportunities to prepare for the fruition of evidence-based medicine and information that can be translated and strategically implemented to improve the quality of care delivered to patients. This meeting will be unique in that we are offering delegates over 100 hours of simulation training time, 10 interactive and dynamic sessions, and opportunities to interact and communicate with our industry partners to reduce the gap between knowledge and practice. You can find the program and more information on this meeting on www.amsect.org/sections/education/Best_Practices/index.html

Have your say!! One session of the Best Practices Meeting will be dedicated to the members of the Steering Committee of the ICEBP, who will get the opportunity to present information of their system to the public. Members interested in taking advantage of this opportunity and wanting to submit an abstract can do this by mailing it to Nicholas Mellas.

What is the ICEBP actually involved in?

Next to organizing the Perfusion Safety and Best Practices Meeting in New Orleans in June, the different subcommittees of the ICEBP are currently involved in a multitude of projects. Some of them have already resulted in a publication or cooperation, others are in various states of development. A short summary of work that is done and that is being done:

Cardiology in the Young

The ICEBP has been involved in a recent publication of a supplemental edition of the peer-reviewed journal Cardiology in the Young. The supplement was prepared by The Multi-Societal Database Committee for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease. The aim of the particular article where ICEBP was involved was to identify and define the myriad of complications directly related to the extracorporeal circulation of congenital patients.

Full reference and link to publication webpage:

Shann KG, Giacomuzzi CR, Harness L, Myers GJ, Paugh TA, Mellas N, Groom RC, Gomez D, Thuys CA, Charette K, Ojito JW, Tinius-Juliani J, Calaritis C, McRobb CM, Parpard M, Chancy T, Bacha E, Cooper DS, Jacobs JP, Likosky DS
Complications relating to perfusion and extracorporeal circulation associated with the treatment of patients with congenital cardiac disease: consensus definitions from the Multi-Societal Database Committee for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease
Cardiol Young. 2008 Dec;18 Suppl 2:206-14

Guidelines Writing Subcommittee

The Guidelines Writing Subcommittee, who’s task it is to develop evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for cardiovascular perfusion, is working out a new web-based, multi-user database of abstracts to facilitate the work of this subcommittee. Although still in it’s initial phase, it is anticipated that it will speed up the enormous work that is in front of the Guideline Subcommittee. More updates on this for sure in future newsletters.

Additionally, the ICEBP is collaborating with the Society for Thoracic Surgeons and Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists to develop (1) a revision to the recent guidelines on transfusion, and (2) new CPB guidelines. The ICEBP has also been asked to participate and analyze survey results regarding the impact of the Ferraris/STS transfusion guidelines. Please email Robert Baker , Donald Likosky or Kenneth Shannwith any questions on these activities. Your participation is welcomed.

Pediatric Subcommittee Pediatric Subcommittee

The ICEBP was invited by Dr. Jeffrey Jacobs to assist in the refinement and development of perfusion-related fields in the Society of Thoracic Surgeons' Congenital Database. In the short-term, the ICEBP has dealt with (1) identifying ambiguities related to definitions among the three current perfusion-related fields (cross-clamp time, cardiopulmonary bypass time, and circulatory arrest time), and (2) proposing new definitions for these fields.

In the long-term, we have developed new fields along with their requisite definitions to complement these fields that focus on circulatory arrest and cerebral perfusion techniques, myocardial protection strategies, and techniques to minimize hemodilution and allogeneic blood transfusions. The recommendations for the 2010 STS Congenital Database have been submitted to Dr. Jeff Jacobs (sent early March). We look forward to working with the STS Congenital Database Task Force to include these variables in the next update for the Database.


The ICEBP is currently exploring ways to make e-journals available to the members of the societies of the Steering Committee. Unfortunately, our last attempt was thwarted by the publisher although the distributor and AmSECT had signed a contract. We are trying to identify a different way to make these journals available to our profession. We apologize for any confusion.

Communications Subcommittee

The Communications Subcommittee is working on a way to make the Workcenter of the ICEBP more attractive to work with. The reason for this is that new users should get more rapidly acquainted with the possibilities of the Workcenter and to keep their interest after a first visit. Tutorials on how to work with the website and a more user-friendly interface are elements that are part of this transition. No need to say that this is a huge job and will take several months to work out.

Other projects of the Communications Subcommittee include the setup of this particular newsletter, an update of the public website of the ICEBP and exploring better ways for the Steering Subcommittee to communicate and function.

Perfusion Safety and Best Practices Meetings 2008 - 2009
A selection of presentations of the 2008 Perfusion Safety / Best Practices Meeting 2008 in Tampa, Florida is published on the public website. Special efforts will be made to have the majority of presentations of the upcoming meeting in New Orleans posted in a reasonable time span. Updates of this work will of course be featured in future newsletters.

How to get involved

The ICEBP wishes to emphasize its actions by focussing on the I for International. Collaborating with people from different nationalities has always been proven to be an experience of positive enrichment.

The benefit of being involved in the ICEBP works both ways; the ICEBP takes advantage of the experience and knowledge of its individual contributors, while the individual can broaden his experience and knowledge from the combined effort that is the hallmark of the ICEBP and comes from its methodology.

Wanna join the club? Have you been interested before, lost contact and were afraid to restore it? You don’t think your input matters? We believe it does! Take a look at ourdifferent committees and contact one of the chairs to see if you can get involved.

About this newsletter

As stated in the beginning of this newsletter, this first one should only be the beginning. We have plans for the future and want you to get involved and updated.

Future newsletters will focus on the different subcommittees and the development of the Registry. A report of the 2009 Perfusion Safety / Best Practices Meeting wil also be part of the plan, as well as other subjects.

You received this newsletter because you are member of a society that is part of the Steering Committee of the International Consortium of Evidence Based Perfusion. If you do not wish to receive this newsletter in the future, please click on 'Uitschrijven' at the bottom of this mail.

ICEBP - Mission & Vision

The International Consortium for Evidence-Based Perfusion (ICEBP) is a partnership and collaboration between perfusion societies, medical societies, clinicians and industry to improve continuously the delivery of care and outcomes for our patients.

To achieve this mission, we will focus our energies in two principle areas:


• Create an international perfusion registry and facilitate its implementation
• Identify gaps between current and evidence-based clinical practice


• Review, comment, and/or endorse evidence-based guidelines concerning the practice of cardiopulmonary bypass
• Collaborate with medical societies in the development of guidelines concerning the practice of cardiopulmonary bypass

In order to succeed, the ICEBP will foster communication amongst its membership through a web portal, scientific conference, and internal and external publications.

Last Modified: 16-Aug-2013

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