Britanny Reiche and Sarah Bruch, the 2013 Leacross bio-medical student award winners at the Ottawa Heart Institute, had a busy summer. Their work included the following.

Research on:

1. Cooler testing for methods of transporting a heart for transplant (we’ve been looking at methods that keep the heart within a safe temperature range to avoid damaging the heart tissue)

2.  Developing a device to determine whether an aortic valve is leaking after a repair while still in surgery

Their personal research projects on:

  • Factors that affect heart transplant wait times
  • Effect of transthoracic impedance on defibrillation success

Repairs and preventative maintenance on various hospital equipment from both life support and patient monitoring aspects, including:

  •    Ventilators
  •    Intra-Aortic Balloon Pumps
  •    Gas Machines in the Operating Rooms
  •    LVADs (Left Ventricular Assist Devices) and their associated equipment
  •    Infusion Pumps
  •    As well as a variety of smaller scale equipment, like blood pressure cuffs, pulse oximeters, temperature probes, ECG leads, etc.

They have had opportunities to participate in:

  •    Transplant Rounds
  •    In-services from other departments
  •    Surgeries (e.x., small aorta replacement, electro-physiology)
  •    Cyclotron repairs

They also performed morning rounds, where they checked all nursing stations and hallways for damaged equipment, which they returned to the shop and repaired themselves.