USE of Polypropylene and Polymethylpentene (PMP) Fibers for ECMO Oxygenators
USE of Polypropylene and Polymethylpentene (PMP) Fibers for ECMO Oxygenators

USE of Polypropylene and Polymethylpentene (PMP) Fibers for ECMO Oxygenators

  • Faculty: Program director Joseph Basha, CCP
  • Date: July 22nd, 2021 2:45 pm
  • CEU’s: 2.4 CEUs
  • Price: $36
  • Category 3 CEU
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**Understanding Polypropylene & Polymethylpentene (PMP) Fibers in ECMO Oxygenators**

In the complex realm of medical devices, hollow fiber oxygenators stand as a testament to innovation in the field of ECMO and cardiac surgery. Their construction and the materials used, particularly Polypropylene and Polymethylpentene (PMP) fibers, are crucial for efficient oxygenation. Dive into the world of these oxygenators and uncover how they're shaping the future of critical medical interventions.

**Hollow Fiber Oxygenators - The Pinnacle of Cardiac Care:**

The heart of many ECMO systems, hollow fiber oxygenators, play a vital role in patient care. Their intricate construction ensures effective gas exchange, enabling patients with compromised lung or heart functions to receive the life-sustaining oxygen they need. Explore how these devices have revolutionized ECMO and cardiac procedures.

**Polypropylene vs. Polymethylpentene (PMP) - A Material Insight:**

While both materials have their merits, understanding the unique characteristics and advantages of Polypropylene and PMP fibers can be a game-changer for perfusionist professionals. Discover the science behind these fibers and how they contribute to the unparalleled performance of modern oxygenators.

**Fiber Wetting & Failure - A Deep Dive:**

No system is without its challenges. Learn about the intricate issue of fiber wetting, its causes, and the potential failures it can lead to. But there's hope. With advancements in fiber construction techniques, the longevity and durability of these fibers have seen remarkable improvements, ensuring patient safety and device efficacy.

**The Challenge of PMP Shortages:**

The medical world was not untouched by supply chain issues, and PMP fiber shortages had their repercussions. Uncover the impact of these shortages on ECMO oxygenator availability and how the industry is responding. Moreover, explore the alternative solutions that are emerging, offering clinicians new avenues to ensure uninterrupted care.

As a perfusionist professional, staying abreast with the latest in ECMO technology is paramount. Our comprehensive guide provides a deep understanding of the materials and challenges in the field, empowering you to make informed decisions for the best patient outcomes.

*Keywords for Engagement*: ECMO Oxygenators, Hollow Fiber Oxygenators, Polypropylene, Polymethylpentene (PMP), Fiber wetting, Cardiac surgery innovations, Fiber longevity, Challenges in perfusionist equipment, Advances in medical materials.


Learn about the construction on hollow fiber oxygenators and the use of these for ECMO and cardiac surgery. 
Learn the reason for fiber wetting and failure and how fiber construction helps increase fiber longevity.
Learn who manufactures PMP (Polymethylpentene) fibers and how PMP (Polymethylpentene) fiber shortages affected ECMO oxygenator availability and what alternatives are available to the clinician. 

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Meet Your Instructor

Program director Joseph Basha, CCP

Program director Joseph Basha, CCP

Joseph has been a practicing clinical perfusionist for 40 years. Joseph is the CEO of Houston Extracorporeal Technologies and is the program director of The New Orleans Conference

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