July 6, 2023
Great work led by alum Brad Feiger and Chris Jensen came out this week in Perfusion. A well-known complication of veno-arterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (VA ECMO) is differential hypoxia, in which poorly-oxygenated blood ejected from the left ventricle mixes with and displaces well-oxygenated blood from the circuit, thereby causing cerebral hypoxia and ischemia. We sought to characterize the impact of patient size and anatomy on cerebral perfusion under a range of different VA ECMO flow conditions. This work was the result of a collaboration with Ben Bryner and Paul Segars. Congrats everyone!