The goal of this project was to provide Perfusionists with a framework to guide safe and effective extracoporeal support care to their patients. AmSECT recommends that clinical teams use this document as a guide for developing institution-specific protocols for patients receiving extracorporeal support.

The goal of this project was to provide Perfusionists with a framework to guide safe and effective extracorporeal support care to their patients. AmSECT recommends that clinical teams use this document as a guide for developing institution-specific protocols for patients receiving extracorporeal support.

STS, SCA, and AmSECT have released new clinical practice guidelines; the new guidelines include recommendations for the use of blood thinning medication (anticoagulants) during heart surgery.

The new clinical practice guidelines offer evidence-based recommendations that include:
• Optimal heparin dosing for initiation and maintenance of cardiopulmonary bypass;
• Identification of contraindications to the use of heparin;
• Options for alternatives to heparin; and
• Ideal methods for reversal of anticoagulation after CPB.

The goal of this project was to provide perfusionists with a framework to guide safe and effective MCS care to their patients. AmSECT recommends that clinical teams use this document as a guide for developing institution-specific protocols for patients receiving MCS.