College of Allied Health Professions

Collaboration helps prepare for open-heart surgeries

Scott Sanderson, perfusion program clinical education coordinator and staff perfusionist, seated, consults with Biomed Simulation Inc. representative Richard Tallman, as they test out the new Califia 3.0-ECMO simulator in the Davis Global Center.

by Kalani Simpson, UNMC public relations | July 14, 2020

A new collaboration between iEXCEL and the College of Allied Health Professions’ clinical perfusion education program, including unique training at the Dr. Edwin G. & Dorothy Balbach Davis Global Center, will better prepare future health professionals to perform open-heart surgery.

Such surgery requires delicate balance, said David Holt, director of clinical perfusion education, in the College of Allied Health Professions.

“The body,” Holt said, “is an extremely complicated system.”

Our heart and lungs must work together in synchronized fashion. Our lungs absorb oxygen, and the heart pumps it, in our blood, throughout the body, ensuring we receive proper nutrition and oxygen. This process can be complicated to explain, Holt said, but the simple part to remember is that eliminating these relationships is, “not conducive with life.”

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