Clinical Protocols

This protocol platform enables quick access to various perfusion protocols collected from institutions within Australia and New Zealand.

Each protocol is unit specific and should be taken as such. They are not endorsed by the ANZCP. 

These are intended to be used as a resource by those wanting to reference what other units do. 

The ANZCP thanks the generous people who’ve contributed.

Clinical Protocols

CPB during pregnancy

Heparin Induced Thrombocytopenia

Homograft Thawing

Incidents and near misses

Lung Lavage

Malignant Hyperthermia


Personal Safety and Wellbeing

Pump Failure

Retrograde autologous priming

Hipec Protocol

Pediatric Protocols

Cardiac Unit Perfusion Protocol


Donor Heart Storage

Pump failure with Medos DP3

Modified Haemodialysis

Norwood Procedure

Plasma exchange via cell saver

Perfusion Clinical Practice


Ventricular Assist Device

Reproduced with permission from institutions within Australia and New Zealand

The ANZCP acknowledges and thanks AmSECT for their permission to reproduce the following information:

The following documents, created by AmSECT, are essential to differentiate, have specific backgrounds, and intentions of use. While the design of each one is to help standardize and improve the conduct of CPB, they differ by level of evidence and approval.

AmSECT Clinical Practice Guidelines and Protocols

There is a strict methodology for creating and approving the Clinical Practice Guidelines. An extensive research project determined which evidence-based, published literature documents would be used as references to develop these Clinical Practice Guidelines.

Clinical Protocols

The Clinical Protocols generate from various institutional protocols, published literature, and committee consensus. While these documents have less rigorous requirements, they are still evidence-based and help serve as a template to compliment or initiate your institutional protocols.

The first ten releases focus on Special Patient Populations. These serve as a basic introduction to the disease and/or pathology and any specific perfusion-related procedures or knowledge necessary to provide adequate care for Special Patient populations receiving cardiopulmonary bypass.

Acute Normovolemic Hemodilution
Antiphospholipid Syndrome
Bleomycin Toxicity
Cold Agglutinins
Heparin Induced Thrombocytopenia
Jehovah’s Witness
Malignant Hyperthermia
Pregnant Patient
Sickle Cell Disease

Pediatric Clinical Protocols