Various methods of cardioplegia administration have been used in cardiac surgery: crystalloid, blood and mixed crystalloid/blood. Each of these types of cardioplegia administration typically needs a different circuit. This may correspond to an increase in cost and the time needed to change the circuit if required. When various modifications are performed on the circuit, this also increases the risk of contamination. In order to simplify the management of differing cardioplegia circuits, we devised one circuit for all solutions in all situations by adding one modification. The ReVerse cardioplegia circuit system is a description of a two-pump cardioplegia circuit which is adaptable to either blood or crystalloid cardioplegia. The change from one mode to another requires a manoeuvre of two clamps, allowing the blood solution to travel through shunt tubing into the apposite pumphead. In our experience the versatility of this circuit is a fast, safe method to administrate all types of cardioplegia solution, saving the space taken up by storing multiple circuits.
- Cardiopulmonary bypass system
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
- Advanced and Specialised Nursing
- Safety Research