In Theory and Practice

Rudolf J. Tschaut, Molly Dreher, Ashley Walczak &
Tami Rosenthal

2020, 731 pages

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Perfusionists are primarily known for supporting patients in the cardiac operating room, while on cardiopulmonary bypass. Over the last decade, perfusionists have expanded their expertise to include extracorporeal membrane oxygenation program development and management, ventricular assist device management, intra-aortic balloon counter pulsation, hemofiltration or dialysis during or post cardiac surgery, pacemaker rogramming, anticoagulation management of HIT-patients, isolated organ perfusion for chemotherapy, and blood gas management. Furthermore, there are additional responsibilities in catheterization laboratories, as well as in research studies and publications. While the roles and responsibilities of a perfusionist can vary from hospital to hospital, the complexity and variety of tasks performed require extensive training and ducation, both in theory and practice.

This book is intended to serve as a comprehensive review for perfusionists, surgeons, anesthesiologists, pulmonologists, pediatricians, neonatologists, ICU nurses and ECMO specialists and we believe that it will help to enhance theoretical and practical knowledge and understanding for extracorporeal treatments.

Rudolf J. 

Senior Sales Executive with international expertise in the areas of cardiac surgery, cardiology and perfusion technology. More than 30 years of experience in extracorporeal circulation and over 20 years in management and leadership positions for large companies.<br /><br />

Central organizational role in setting up three perfusion departments and working as chief perfusionist in Switzerland and the USA.<br /><br />

Editor of three perfusion textbooks in German and Spanish. Editor of more than 20 scientific papers. Establishment of new work areas for perfusionists (endoscopic vein harvesting) in Germany. Excellent business and clinical network.<br /><br />

Vice President Lung and Heart Therapies at Fresenius Medical Care North America

BSE, BS, CCP, LP Molly 

Molly Dreher, BSE, BS, CCP, LP, is a perfusionist in the Cardiac Center at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.<br /><br />

Areas of Expertise: Bioethics, Continuous quality improvement research

MBA, CCP, FPP Ashley 

Ashley Walczak, MBA, CCP, FPP, is the Associate Chief of Perfusion Services and Cardiothoracic Surgery Quality and Safety Officer at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Ashley has been a Pediatric Perfusionist for her entire career and is passionate about quality improvement science and leadership. She has authored over 25 manuscripts, serves on multiple national committees, and speaks internationally on perfusion topics. Ashley’s research interests include ECMO, pediatric perfusion, ventricular-assist devices, anticoagulation management for bypass and extracorporeal devices, quality improvement, leadership, and management.

BS, MBA, CCP, LP, FPP Tami M. 

Tami M. Rosenthal,BS, MBA, CCP, LP, FPP, is the chief perfusionist in the Cardiac Center at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Areas of Expertise: Pediatric prime miniaturization, Ventricular assist devices

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