VIRTUAL Weaning will simulate the operating room environment where students can practice weaning cardiac surgery patients from the cardiopulmonary bypass pump. The patient may be treated with all of the usual medications, fluids and equipment used during weaning.

Your task

Click on the image to open a demonstration version of the VIRTUAL Wean application.

Your task will be to rewarm the patient and normalize the blood gases and electrolytes before reperfusing the heart. After reperfusion for the appropriate time, you will then gradually reduce the venous drainage and the pump flow until the patient’s heart rate, arterial blood pressure, central venous pressure, cardiac index and temperature are within acceptable clinical levels and maintain the patient’s stability after the pump has been turned off for 5 minutes.

Click here to open the VIRTUAL Wean page on the PIE Cardiac Anesthesia web site.