What we do. . .

I just finished a couple hard days at work and I am exhausted. We're using a new ECMO pump and trying to work out the kinks. Unfortunately, the last two night the oxygenator failed. As it fails, it foams out plasma. We had to capture the plasma in a baby diaper and weigh it so we could replace the fluid. It was foaming like crazy. We kidded we were in an "I Love Lucy" show with too much laundry soap in the washer! Hourly out, hourly in until it failed so bad we had to replace the entire circuit. Twice! Of course, in the middle of the night! Oooh, I love it!
(Hippa privacy, so this is only an example, not the real deal.)

Comments

Katie said…
so cool! I hope the baby was okay!
LA-jan said…
The little girl was going to surgery the day I went home. I don't know yet how she's doing till I return to work on Tues.
LA-jan said…
The little girl was going to surgery the day I went home. I don't know yet how she's doing till I return to work on Tues.
Dorothy said…
oh my - no that is crazy stuff. keep it coming! this is interesting!
Dorothy said…
Oh my gosh! Which wire goes to what? This is really cool stuff Jan - put more of this on your blog - what does "foaming" mean?

John
LA-jan said…
The oxygentor is basically a lung. We feed in oxygen gas, the blood and gas exchange through a hollow fiber membrane. This membrane was getting too wet. Plasma leaked out. The oxygenator has a gas exhaust, the plasma leaked out with the gas and voila! Foam, yellow foam!
Lauren said…
that's crazy! the foam sounds gross but the contraption looks intense!