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ICEBP Newsletter #11 - December 2012

ICEBP Newsletter # 11

December 2012



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Dear friends and colleagues,
This is an extensive edition for those long winter nights, or relaxing summer times (depending on your location). We hope you enjoy the read.

To everyone who we have come in contact with through the ICEBP we wish you all the most heartfelt and warm wishes at this time of year. We hope that we may continue to work together in 2013 to help bring better outcomes to all cardiac surgical patients wherever they may be. Best Wishes and a Safe Festive Season!

Rob, Donny, Tim, Dave, Nick, Kenny, Theron and Luc

Best Practices in Perfusion October 9-12th, 2013

SAVE THE DATE: Best Practices in Perfusion 2013, October 9 - 12, 2013, Marriott Riverwalk, San Antonio, TX

We are thrilled to have our annual Best Practices in Perfusion Conference back in San Antonio. While we still have October's successful conference in our minds, we are off to the races to begin planning for next year. We have adopted the theme of "Developing High Functioning Clinical Teams" for this year's conference. While the sessions are not yet firmly in place, each of the sessions will coalesce around this theme. We plan on having ample question-and-answer time across the sessions. Additionally, we will be bringing back many of the the hallmarks of our 2012 program, namely simulation, workshops and Pro-Con debates. Of course, for those interested in attending and participating, we will have the ICEBP Steering Committee held on Weds, October 9th from 10am-12pm.

The review of AmSECT’s Essentials and Guidelines is nearing completion, with the ICEBP forwarding their revision to the BOD’s on Friday December 14. We are going to present the final version in Las Vegas in March to complete this project.

Pediatric Committee

2012 has been another exciting year for the Pediatric Committee of the ICEBP! In collaboration with the Multi-Societal Database Committee for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease we revised and updated the perfusion data fields for the Society of Thoracic Surgeon's Congenital Database. These updates included fields regarding blood conservation strategies and the revision of fields for myocardial protection. Implementation of the new updates will likely occur in the beginning of 2013.

The Pediatric Committee also completed an international survey of pediatric perfusion practice. This survey was a progression of the North American survey that has been performed by Robert C. Groom, MS, CCP, over the last 20 years. The ICEBP worked with our international colleagues to identify pediatric heart centers, and perfusionists, from all around the globe. We received completed survey responses from 146 pediatric centers from 22 countries with 57 being from outside North America. The results of this survey will be published in the Journal of Extracorporeal Technology in early 2013.

Updates on Registries

Registries were once again a focal point of the Best Practices in Perfusion meeting this fall in San Diego. Session three highlighted the great work being done by groups in Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Michigan and Northern New England.

The PERForm registry continues to pick up steam with the first publication from the project being published this fall in the Journal of ExtraCorporeal Technology1. This publication focuses on methods used to link perfusion records with the STS surgical records. The article also reports the efforts to date on validation and auditing of the database. Please check it out if you have not already done so.

We are pleased to announce that Inova Fairfax Hospital in Northern Virginia has become the first non-Michigan member of the PERForm registry. We look forward to future expansion in 2013.

1. Validation of a perfusion registry: methodological approach and initial findings.

Paugh TA, Dickinson TA, Theurer PF, Bell GF, Shann KG, Baker RA, Mellas NB, Prager RL, Likosky DS; Michigan Society of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons Perfusion Measures and outcomes (PERForm) Registry.

J Extra Corpor Technol. 2012 Sep;44(3):104-15.

PMID: 23198390 [PubMed - in process]

Look out for a Registry Summit Meeting preceding AmSECT’s 51stInternational Meeting March 6-9th in Las Vagas, Nevada.


Perfusion Task Force update

The task force, combining the talents of the STS, the SCA and the ICEBP, is now drafting it’s first two Guideline manuscripts, one on the Temperature Management and the second on the Attenuation of the Inflammatory Response. This has been an exciting albeit prolonged venture. We are really looking forward to seeing some tangible output and thinking about where to move forward with guidelines work.

Collaboration with ISMICS

In May of this past year, several members of the ICEBP were invited to conduct a post-graduate perfusion course at the International Society of Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery (ISMICS) 2012 Scientific Meeting in Los Angeles. This was a unique opportunity for us to share both best practice and contemporary perfusion techniques with our surgical colleagues. ISMICS is an organization aimed to centralize the various surgical centers concerned with patient outcomes, techniques, and progressive development of less invasive forms of heart surgery. Formed in 1997 by participants of the World Congress of Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery, ISMICS is assuming a leading role in shaping the direction of less invasive cardiac surgery on a global basis. Their societal leadership includes representatives from all continents.

Since the May meeting we have continued to explore additional opportunities to collaborate professionally, as the international scope of our organizations provide a natural fit for close cooperation. We are pleased to announce that members of the ICEBP will be supporting a Perfusion track at the upcoming 2013 ISMICS Annual Scientific Meeting, 12-15 June at the Hilton Prague, Czech Republic. ISMICS is currently accepting abstracts for both poster and presentation sessions. Our Perfusion track entitled "Adopting Perfusion Innovation: Best practices For Best Patient Outcomes" will focus on several contemporary issues of cardio-pulmonary support. Accepted abstracts will be entered into a competition for cash prizes and possible publication in Innovations, ISMICS’s societal journal.

The abstract submission deadline is January 28th, 2013. Abstract submission forms are available at http://meetings.ismics.org/

Come join us in Prague!

Dave Fitzgerald and Rob Baker

Co-chairs, Perfusion Track,

2013 ISMICS Annual Scientific Meeting

We hope you have enjoyed this edition and look forward to providing you with the next issue!


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