MHIF Researchers Present at ELSO 2020

September 28, 2020

Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation (MHIF) researchers were well represented the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO) annual meeting held virtually Sept. 25 – 26, 2020, with 16 presentations, posters or breakout sessions. ELSO is an international nonprofit consortium of health care institutions that are dedicated to the development and evaluation of novel therapies for support of failing organ systems.

In intensive care medicine, extracorporeal life support (ECLS) or extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) provides mechanical cardiac and respiratory support to people whose heart and lungs are unable to provide an adequate amount of gas exchange to sustain life. At MHIF, researchers have pursued various physician-initiated studies related to the use of ECMO and venous-arterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (VA-ECMO) for heart patients.

MHIF researcher Dr. Kasia Hryniewicz, who is an advanced heart failure cardiologist and medical director for VA ECMO at Minneapolis Heart Institute® at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, serves on the ELSO conference committee and provided the welcome for the event. Dr. Hryniewicz also was an author on research published Sept. 25 in The Lancet that provides strong support for the use of ECMO in appropriate COVID-19 patients. We are proud to have researchers who are part of collaborative research efforts like this.

Presentations and breakout sessions by the MHIF researchers included:

Dr. Ivan Chavez: 1) Impella for all Patients on VA ECMO? Rationale and Evidence; 2) Cannulation Lab; 3) Surgeon’s Perspective: How to Credential Physicians and is it Even Needed?

Dr. Peter Eckman: 1) Distal Perfusion Catheter Should be Placed in all Adult VA ECMO Patients; 2) Ask the Experts

Dr. Kasia Hryniewicz: What’s New in Cardiogenic Shock in Adults

Dr. Karol Mudy: 1) Virtual Heart Lab; 2) ECMO in Patients With Type A Aortic Dissection; 3) Mechanical Circulatory Support in Organ Transplantation; 4) ECMO in the Adult Cath Lab- Beyond Cannulation; 5) Surgeon’s Perspective: How to Credential Physicians and is it Even Needed?

Dr. Michael Samara: Clinical Right Ventricular Failure- What Do We Really Know About it?

Dr. Jessica Titus: How to Image Vessels in an Adult ECMO Patient- Tips and Pitfalls

Kelly Tointon, CCP: 1) All About the Circuit; 2) Resuscitation in Special Populations

Dr. Yale Wang: It’s Not All That Easy – Common Immediate Complications, How to Recognize, Prevent and Bail

Photo credit: ELSO (via Twitter and website), Dr. Kasia Hryniewicz (via Twitter) and Velia Antonini (via Twitter)