Perfusion Principles

  • Kyriakos Anastasiadis
  • Polychronis Antonitsis
  • Helena Argiriadou


Perfusion technique during surgery with MECC is of utmost importance in order to maintain optimal end-organ perfusion and avoid potentially lethal complications. Communication and continuous interaction and cooperation between the surgeon, the perfusionist and the anaesthesiologist is imperative to safely perform any procedure. As there is no venous reservoir, the patient’s vascular system acts as a ‘reservoir’. Moreover, air entrainment is far more difficult to handle compared to conventional extracorporeal circulation (CECC). Perfusion during surgery with MECC follows two main principles: volume management and air handling.


Mean Arterial Pressure Warm Blood Bubble Trap High Mean Arterial Pressure Plasma Colloidal Osmotic Pressure 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kyriakos Anastasiadis
    • 1
  • Polychronis Antonitsis
    • 1
  • Helena Argiriadou
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Cardiothoracic SurgeryAHEPA University Hospital Aristotle University of ThessalonikiThessalonikiGreece

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