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Heart to Heart Mission

For more than 20 years, the IPA has performed life-saving heart surgery on over 400 patients in Santiago, Dominican Republic.

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Honduras Mission

The IPA is working with Duke to expand their heart surgery mission program in Honduras. We have a mission trip planned for mid-May. Stay tuned for more information.

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Your Mission Trip

The IPA will gladly make donations to qualified charitable organizations who perform cardiac surgery mission work for patients in need.

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Help Mend a Heart!

Every member of our team is an unpaid volunteer, so please take comfort in knowing that 100% of all donated funds go directly to patient care. Your generosity is so very welcome and will help save lives!

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Hospital Readmissions in Patients Supported with Durable Centrifugal-Flow Left Ventricular Assist Devices

The study examines hospital readmissions in patients with centrifugal-flow left ventricular assist devices (CF-LVADs), highlighting the commonality and impact on patient outcomes. Analyzing data from 204 patients, 67.7% experienced heart failure (HF)/LVAD-related readmissions, mainly due to major bleeding, infection, HF exacerbation, and neurological dysfunction. Using machine learning models, several pre-, intra-, and post-operative factors were identified as predictors of readmission risk, which can guide strategies to improve patient management and outcomes.

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Complications During Veno-Venous Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation in COVID-19 and Non-COVID-19 Patients with Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

This study compares complications in COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) undergoing veno-venous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (vv-ECMO). Retrospective analysis of 64 patients from March 2020 to March 2022 revealed higher pre-cannulation pneumothorax rates in COVID-19 patients. However, post-cannulation complications and clinical outcomes were similar between groups. Non-survivors showed a trend towards higher post-vv-ECMO complications.

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Can a Low Prime Volume Arterial Filter Be Used as an Alternative for a Venous Bubble Trap in Minimal Extracorporeal Circulation? An In Vitro Investigation

This study examines whether an arterial filter with a small prime volume can effectively replace a venous bubble trap (VBT) in a minimal extracorporeal circulation (MiECC) system used during cardiac surgery. The study compared air removal capabilities of an arterial filter and three VBTs: VBT160, VBT8, and VARD. Results showed the AF100 arterial filter demonstrated similar, and in some cases better, performance in removing air and gaseous microemboli (GME) compared to VBTs. However, the placement of the arterial filter in the venous line is considered off-label use.

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