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summer /fall 2012 edition • cardiovascular perfusion division college of health professions • medical university of south carolina

CHP STUDENTS ATTEND AMSECT CONFERENCE The American Society of Extra Corporeal Technology (AmSECT) International 50th Anniversary Conference was held in Orlando, Florida this April. MUSC was represented with two poster presentations and four oral presentations. Senior students Trevelyn Rowell and Yancey Mooney won the 2012 Scientific Poster Presentation Award for their poster entitled “Separation of Biocompatible Cardiopulmonary Bypass Tubing Connections.” Biocompatible tubing is designed to mimic the physiologic properties of the vascular endothelium. Its use has been shown to decrease the inflammatory response related to cardiopulmonary bypass. Additionally, biocompatible coating has been proposed to decrease the integrity of circuit connections. This project was designed to compare the peak disconnection pressure of three types of biocompatible coating to that of an uncoated control. Results showed that the use of biocompatible tubing was not associated with lower disconnection pressures. Students were assisted by faculty members Tony Shackelford, Alicia Sievert and Nikki Michaud on this project. Junior students Jennifer Hutchinson, Margaret Relle and

Adam Mattison won the Student Scientific Oral Presentation Award for their presentation “Using Binomial Proportions Analysis in a Linear Regression to Evaluate and Predict Adult Perfusion Practice Trends and the Adoption of Evidence-Based Practice.” The purpose of their investigation was to identify trends in perfusion practice from 2004-2011 by assessing the feasibility of using binomial proportional statistical analysis hypothesis testing to track United States adult perfusion practice trends, develop trend projections, and evaluate attitudes within the profession toward the adoption of evidencebased practice. The results of three perfusion surveys were analyzed from 2004, 2006, and 2011. It was concluded that binomial proportion statistical analysis hypothesis testing is an appropriate measure to track perfusion practice trends. Tony Shackelford and Alicia Sievert were the faculty mentors for this project.

CLASS OF 2012 The 2012 MUSC Cardiovascular Perfusion Graduation ceremony was held on Thursday, May 17 in the College’s atrium. Part of the culture and tradition of the Cardiovascular Perfusion program is the James P. Dearing Memorial Lecture given at graduation by a visiting perfusionist or professor. This year’s speaker was Denise Steinbring, Director of Marketing and Medical Education for the Perfusion / Blood Management division at Medtronic in Minneapolis, MN. Continued on p. 2


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Front row (left to right): Ronnie Smith, Alexandra Towery, Shannon Heard, Katie Faella, Savannah Williams, Yancey Mooney. Back row (left to right): Trevelyan Rowell, Greg Davis, Ben McClain, Jennifer Roberts. Not pictured: Allison Rounds and Alberto Bermudez


What Legacy Will You Leave?

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summer/fall 2012 edition • cardiovascular perfusion division

EXCITING ACCOMPLISHMENT FOR DIVISION DIRECTOR Joe Sistino completed his Ph.D. this summer after defending his dissertation titled “The Influence of the Method of Cerebral Protection during Neonatal Cardiac Surgery on the Development of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.” His research reviewed the outcomes of neonatal heart surgery patients (less than one month of age) who had either circulatory arrest or cerebral perfusion. Parents of children were contacted between 5 and 17 years after surgery and asked to complete surveys on ADHD and quality of life. Although a high percentage of children develop ADHD after neonatal heart surgery, these children have a large number of other risk factors that also predispose them to ADHD. The importance of this study is that pediatricians should recognize the increased risk of ADHD in this population and offer treatment for ADHD to improve their quality of life. This risk of ADHD is also reduced with cerebral perfusion rather than circulatory arrest which has been used as the primary method to protect the brain since 2000. Congratulations Dr. Joseph Sistino!! What Legacy Will You Leave? We all desire significance – to lead happy and fulfilled lives surrounded by family and friends. And for many of us, there is a compelling need to make a difference – to leave a lasting impact on the people most dear to us and the world in which we live. The search for significance and desire to plan for the future leads many to ponder their legacy. What kind of legacy will you leave? A bequest is perhaps the easiest and most tangible way to have a lasting impact on the people and organizations that mean the most to you. And a bequest may be an effective way to make a gift and lessen the burden of taxes on your family and on your estate. To learn more about how you can leave your legacy, please contact Leslie Brady, Director of Development at (843) 792-8547 or to have a confidential conversation. Click here for more information.

CLASS OF 2012 Continued from p. 1: Also part of the graduation ceremony, students and faculty are recognized for their outstanding achievements in the program. Trevelyn Rowell was awarded the Keith Wayne Cady Outstanding Student Award. Alexandra Snyder Towery, Trevelyn Rowell and Yancey Mooney received Outstanding Student Research Awards for their research projects. In addition to recognition by the program for their contribution to perfusion research, each one of the projects was recognized at national a meeting as outstanding. The Outstanding Clinical Site Award was awarded to New York Presbyterian Hospital and the Outstanding Clinical Instructor was awarded to Nicole Michaud as voted on by the Class of 2012. Congratulations and Good Luck to the Class of 2012!

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