Percutaneous cardiopulmonary bypass for cardiac emergencies

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Percutaneous cardiopulmonary support systems (PCPS) are compact, battery-powered, portable heart-lung machines that can be implemented rapidly in any area of the hospital using thin-walled cannulae inserted via the femoral vessels. PCPS provides temporary circulatory support by actively aspirating blood from the patient's venous system using a centrifugal pump and hollow fiber membrane oxygenator for gas exchange. A review of clinical reports has delineated several indications for emergent applications, with the most frequent being cardiac arrest (CA) or cardio c shock (CS). Survival is more likely in patients with CS (40%) compared to CA (21%). Implementation of PCPS after unwitnesse CA or cardiopulmonary resuscitation >30 min yields a patient survival rate of <10%. The likelihood of patient survival after emergent PCPS is most often related to the patient undergoing a definitive anatomic surgical repair such as coronary artery bypass or pulmonary embolectomy. If the need for circulatory support extends beyond 6 h, conversion to conventional long-term extracorporeal membrane oxygenation or a ventricular assist device is recommended.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)269-277
Number of pages9
JournalPerfusion (United Kingdom)
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Safety Research
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Advanced and Specialized Nursing


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