Open heart surgery, using extracorporeal circulation, requires large numbers of blood donors, and obtaining these donors has been a limiting factor in some programs. One suggestion for alleviating this problem has been to increase the utilization of available donors by operating on 2 consecutive patients utilizing a single, initial blood priming volume in the pump.1 It is the purpose of this paper to report the successful perfusion of 2 patients with the same pump and priming blood on 3 separate occasions.
Report of Cases
—A 10-year-old, 26 kg. girl with congenital aortic stenosis underwent open correction on January 20, 1960, using extracorporeal circulation. Bypass was utilized for 12 minutes with a perfusion rate of 3,740 cc. Surgical correction was successful.
—A 9-year-old, 11 kg. girl with congenital aortic stenosis and patent ductus arteriosus was the second patient done on January 20, 1960. One hour
KEITH HB, WILLIAMS GR, CAYLER GG, FELTON WL, RICHARDSON WR, CAMPBELL GS. Extracorporeal Circulation in Consecutive Open-Heart Surgery PatientsSuccessful Use Without Repriming. Arch Surg. 1960;81(6):969–970. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1960.01300060115023