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ICEBP Newsletter #4 - November 2009

ICEBP Newsletter # 4 November 2009

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International Consortium for Evidence-Based Perfusion

This is the fourth Newsletter from the International Consortium for Evidence-Based Perfusion.

In this edition, we will focus on PerfSORT, an initiative that was endorsed by the Steering Committee of the ICEBP in June 2009. We will present the website, review their purposes. and hope to encourage you to submit your data to this remarkable endeavour.

In this Newsletter:

- Member Societies pick up Newsletter
- PerfSORT

Member Societies pick up Newsletter

In the previous edition, we reported on the inclusion of our Newsletter in the Gazette, the official publication of the ANCZP. As it seems, more and more of our member organizations are not only forwarding our publication (Belgium, Missouri, Minnesota, Canada) but some are also publishing it in their official member magazines (Australia, UK) and to top it off, some are even translating it before distribution (Spain, Japan)! We would like to thank ALL the member organizations for ALL their contributions to the ICEBP and the newsletter.



The PerfSORT initiative (Perfusion Standards of Reporting Trials) is a web-based database1, which aims to standardise the conduct and reporting of studies (that utilize cardiopulmonary bypass) in the scientific literature. Too often, studies compare on vs. off-pump surgery, yet do not appropriately identify how bypass was conducted (such as the recent article in New England Journal of Medicine by Shroyer and colleagues2). The initiative is a consequence of the gathering of a panel of experts at the Outcomes XII meeting in Barbados in 2008, which led to the publication of a paper called: “Consensus Statement: Defining Minimal Criteria for Reporting the Systemic Inflammatory Response to Cardiopulmonary Bypass”, published in The Heart Surgery Forum, October 2008.3. Now, a website1 has been made available to put the theory into practice. PerfSORT offers a standard way for authors to prepare reports of details of cardiopulmonary bypass, ensuring uniformity in publications, and helping meta-analysis of perfusion related cardiopulmonary bypass issues. The aim is that PerfSORT will be endorsed by prominent general medical journals, many specialty medical journals, and leading editorial organisations. Many journals are currently considering such an endorsement. Since the Steering Committee of the ICEBP has endorsed the PerfSORT initiative in June 2009, it was time we put it in the spotlights.

How does it work?

Authors submitting articles to journals for publication who submit their perfusion data to PerfSORT, will be issued with a compliance statement. The original data will then be incorporated onto the PerfSORT website for downloading as an electronic accompaniment to the publication in the journal. The role of the editorial board for journals is thus to consider PerfSORT as the main repositor of such data, and to have PerfSORT be the main conduit for providing the compliance statement. In addition, the data will be imported into a single worldwide perfusion database of published work involving cardiopulmonary bypass. PerfSORT is relevant to single patient case reports, series small or large, and multi center studies. On a practical viewpoint, the website offers a comprehensive instructions page, that not only explains how to submit your data and add a study, but also how to conduct searches and request data. These procedures require a free and quickly established registration on the website. PerfSORT is not only endorsed by the Steering Committee of the ICEBP, but also by The Society of Clinical Perfusion Scientists of Great Britain and Ireland and The College of Clinical Perfusion Scientists of Great Britain and Ireland. The American Society of ExtraCorporeal Technology has also endorsed the concept of PerfSORT. The website and infrastructure to date has been supported by The Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital of the NHS.

We invite anyone working and publishing in the field of extracorporeal circulation, to submit their data.


1. http://www.perfsort.net

2. Shroyer AL, Grover FL, Hattler B, Collins JF, McDonald GO, Kozora E, Lucke JC, Baltz JH, Novitzky D; Veterans Affairs Randomized On/Off Bypass (ROOBY) Study Group On-pump versus off-pump coronary-artery bypass surgery N Engl J Med 2009; 361(19): 1827-37

3. R. Clive Landis, Joseph E. Arrowsmith, Robert A. Baker, Filip de Somer, Wojciech B. Dobkowski, Gregory Fisher, Richard A. Jonas, Donald S. Likosky, John M. Murkin, Michael Poullis, David A. Stump, Edward D. Verrier Consensus Statement: Defining Minimal Criteria for Reporting the Systemic Inflammatory Response to Cardiopulmonary Bypass The Heart Surgery Forum 2008; 11 (5): 290-6

We hope you have enjoyed this Newsletter and hope you look forward to our next edition!

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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.

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