October 2023 JHLT: The Podcast

Published 04 October 2023
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On the October 2023 episode of JHLT: The Podcast, the Digital Media Editors explore two studies from the October issue of The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation.

Headshot of Edward Cantu MD
The first segment in the episode features a study presented by senior author Edward Cantu, MD, MSCE (pictured on the left), on his team’s study “Transplanting candidates with stacked risks negatively affects outcomes.” 
Dr. Cantu and the JHLT Digital Media Editors discuss the study’s findings about how multiple risks in lung transplant patients affected patient success based on factors like mortality, length of stay, duration of mechanical ventilation, need for ECMO-salvage, total charges, and discharge to a skilled nursing facility.
The second segment in the episode features a study from the Bern University Hospital in Switzerland, entitled “Dynamics of bacterial pathogens at the driveline exit site in patients with ventricular assist devices: A prospective, observational, single-center cohort study.” 
Headshot of Monika Fürholz
This study explores driveline site infections in patients with LVADs. Bacterial colonization of driveline exit sites has not been well studied, and transition from colonization to infection is also not well understood. This study seeks to address this gap. 

For details on what the study found, including a discussion of how the study findings might impact current practice and insights from senior author Monika Fürholz, MD (pictured above), check out the episode.

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