CP01 Axillary Arterial Cannulation

Axillary Cannulation

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CP01  Axillary Arterial Cannulation



Antegrade cerebral perfusion through the axillary artery, in combination with hypothermic circulatory arrest, provides protection to the brain during operations that involve the aortic arch.  Axillary artery cannulation may be used as an alternative aortic cannulation site in the presence of a highly calcified aorta or in procedures that the surgeon deem necessary for repair of the aorta and its branches.



  1. Dacron graft is attached to the axillary artery.
  2. Appropriate size arterial cannula is inserted into the graft and tied so tip of cannula is within wound to prevent kinking.
  3. Dual-stage cannula is used for venous drainage.
  4. Arterial pressure should be monitored in the left radial artery and/or groin while on cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB), and in the right radial artery during selective cerebral perfusion.
  5. Cool per surgeon’s request (18-28*C).
  6. Aortic cross clamp and deliver cardioplegia solution.
  7. Hypothermic circulatory arrest. Deliver 100% Oxygen at an appropriate rate to lower the CO2 to safe level.  Clamp arterial line and allow the pt to drain via venous line, and leave open.
  8. Initiation of ACP. Surgeon should tell you to flow 10-20cc/kg/min.  Right radical pressure should be monitored at this time.  Values should be in the 55-80 mm Hg range.
  9. Open the venous line to allow continous drainage of the cerebral vasculature and monitor cvp.
  10. Set appropriate FIO2 and sweep gas and sevoflorane if used.
  11. Arch replacement with graft and increase in flow to all head vessels (20cc/kg).
  12. If applicable, Surgeon replaces distal graft into descending thoracic aorta, and then cannulates the distal graft for perfusion with second arterial line and cannula.
  13. Proximal graft is sewn to aortic root.
  14. The proximal and distal grafts are sewn together.
  15. Surgeon will tell you to come off ACP.
  16. Head vessels are clamped, and the graft is deaired by surgeon.
  17. Full flow will begin, and rewarming through aortic line(s) commences.
  18. The preferred pressure to monitor during full CPB is left radial or groin pressure.  Right radial pressure will often be elevated because of proximity of the cannulation site.

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