Celebrating 12 Years of Education With Customers

Ann Arbor, Michigan – May 1, 2013 – Terumo Cardiovascular Group continues its leadership role among manufacturers by providing timely and topical educational opportunities to perfusionists.

Now in its 12th year, the Optimizing Cardiac Surgery® educational series has promised — and delivered — "content presented by clinicians, for clinicians" on the Terumo CV Group web site and in live symposia.

Terumo has attracted the top industry speakers, shared the latest industry research and started dialogues with hundreds of perfusionists who are empowered to make changes to improve patient care. Much of the content is categorized on the Terumo web site.

Click on the "Optimizing Cardiac Surgery" tab at the top of the Terumo web site to find a variety of clinical or product related information available as research studies, short articles and CDs to order.

Opening the Educational Archives

One of the earliest Optimizing Cardiac Surgery references is an abstract published in 2004 by Amit Patel, MD, titled, "Improving Cardiac Surgery Outcomes: Leukocyte Filtration (PDF)."

Topics have evolved during the dozen years of Optimizing Cardiac Surgery, but certain themes — improving patient outcomes, reducing hospital costs and blood management — have remained constant.

In 2007, "Ten tips for the first year of a platelet gel program," came from Grant Medical Center, Columbus, Ohio.

As early as 2010, Terumo began sharing blood management case studies from leading perfusion practices, including "Bloodless cardiac surgery is a team sport," at Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, Ohio.

Additional thought-provoking topics have invigorated perfusion practices globally, including "Do you know your perfusion circuit's 'net RAP efficiency?'" from Memorial Regional Hospital and Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital, Hollywood, Florida.

What's Next?

Terumo is sponsoring an educational session at the Mechanisms of Perfusion conference on Thursday, May 17 from 8-10:30 a.m.:

  • "Gaseous Microemboli: Reality, Mythology, and Physiology," by David A. Stump, PhD,
    Professor, Departments of Anesthesiology and Cardiothoracic Surgery, Wake Forest School of Medicine
  • "How Small is Too Small? Consequences to Adult CPB Circuit Right-Sizing, GME, and Other Challenges," by Jeffrey B. Riley, MHPE, CCT, CCP, Director of Perfusion, Mayo Clinic
  • Learn more at mechanisms.com