I am so sorry. One of my dear friends is a perfusionists and I hear the stories in their hospital. It's heartbreaking.We provide ECMO, but only for 24 hours. The county as a whole, across two hospitals, has 4 circuits and 7 perfusionists. It’s incredibly man-hour intensive for a small cardiac program like both of ours. And without large-scale use, ICU nursing and RT staffs never learn enough to relieve perfusionists of the burden of management. So you either cancel cardiac cases or don’t offer the service if one of our joint receiving centers (Univ of Utah or a smattering of Denver hospitals) don’t have room. We’ve had to let more than one patient go because of this.
Oh, and we have zero pediatric disposables, cardiologists, or CV surgeons to even make it a possibility to initiate kids. And people wonder why we’d want to mask kids. Which policy, masks or hope they survive a flight to Seattle Children’s, is more abusive to children?
OK, rant over.