New Research to be Released at Society of Thoracic Surgeons Annual Meeting

By January 17, 2017

Join us at the Society of Thoracic Surgeon’s 53rd Annual Meeting in Houston, TX, January 21-25, 2017. Dr. Eric Tesdahl, SpecialtyCare Senior Biostatistician, will present original research entitled, The Influence of Ultrafiltration on Red Blood Cell Transfusion during Cardiopulmonary Bypass. The study, derived from the SpecialtyCare Operative Procedural Registry (SCOPE), reviews nearly 98,000 cardiac surgery cases from 197 facilities.

Ultrafiltration during cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) reduces fluid overload and inflammatory mediators associated with open heart surgery.  It is thought to reduce morbidity, including reducing the risk of red blood cell (RBC) transfusion. In this study, we evaluate its effectiveness in reducing RBC transfusions in a large population of adults undergoing cardiac surgery.

About Eric Tesdahl, PhD
As a member of the Medical Department, Dr. Tesdahl provides research design and complex data analysis in close collaboration with our clinical experts. His statistical analyses have been published in top journals including the Annals of Thoracic Surgery, Pediatrics, Circulation, and the American Journal of Public Health. Dr. Tesdahl is an award-winning scholar and the recipient of multiple research grants and contracts from the Kellogg Foundation, the National Association of City and County Health Officers, and the Minnesota Department of Health. Prior to joining SpecialtyCare, he spent three years at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). From 2003-2005, Eric served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal, West Africa. He earned his BA in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and his MS and PhD in Community Research and Action from Vanderbilt.



About SpecialtyCare

Over 13,500 physicians in more than 1,000 hospitals trust SpecialtyCare to help them achieve exceptional care outcomes, regulatory compliance, and financial results. With nearly 2,000 associates supporting almost 400,000 procedures annually, we maintain SCOPE, the SpecialtyCare Operative Procedural Registry®, which is used to define standards, determine benchmarks, establish best practices, foster innovation, and identify opportunities to reduce clinical variation that result in improved patient outcomes, increased efficiencies, and minimized costs. We are accredited and certified by The Joint Commission. By developing expertise beyond industry requirements, our customers can be certain they have the best partner for clinical excellence in perfusion, ECMO, autotransfusion, patient blood management, intraoperative neuromonitoring, deep brain stimulation, surgical assist, minimally invasive surgical support, and sterile processing consulting.