Monday, December 22, 2008

An ECMO Shift

Bri, Heather and I decided to go do a night shift with Dad. It was a good time - we got to see the new "kit" and check out a bit more of the hospital. Brian passed out like a weenie. And he looked like a unibomber.

The new kit is pretty impressive - instead of being a heavy cart it's a small centrifical pump (heart) that works much better and is much smaller with a lung-upgrade. The lung is smaller and takes a lot less pressure to drive. The pressure drop across this square lung is less than 5% instead of 20% across the old cylindrical one.


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