AMERICAN SOCIETY OF EXTRACORPOREAL TECHNOLOGY
The National Society of Perfusionists
AmSECT National Headquarters
2209 Dickens Road
Richmond, VA 23230-2905
Phone: (804) 565-6363
Fax: (804) 282-0062
Objective: To present an educational step-by-step process to integrate principles of EBM into the daily practice of a perfusion service patient-care department.
Integrating the principles of evidence-based medicine (EBM) into the daily practice of a perfusion service patient-care department is challenging. There are many barriers to overcome to apply the principles of EBM to perfusion services.
Cardiac surgical teams and perfusionists should exhibit fundamental skills or behaviors to make patient-centered strategic clinical procedure guideline (CPG) changes based on best-practice evidence. The CPG should be used as a knowledge source that is fundamental to practice.
The consequences of frequent errors may be reduced by the use of information technology and patient care databases integrated into perfusion service CPGs. Information collected in your practice or gained by benchmarking your practice as guided by CPGs is just as valuable as the high-evidence peer-reviewed literature.
Perfusion teams must continuously introduce and/or upgrade CPGs to close the gap between current practice and best-practices documented in published medical evidence. Adhering to guidelines incorporated into departmental CPGs improves patient care and reduces errors especially when practitioner compliance is measured and reported.
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