Right ventricular failure is a challenging problem after left ventricular assist device implantation, leading to considerable morbidity and mortality. When inotropic support is no longer adequate, a temporary right ventricular assist device is needed that often mandates reopening of the sternotomy for implant and explant. We describe our technique to percutaneously place a right internal jugular cannula for extracorporeal support.
From the *Department of Surgery, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington; and †Division of Cardiac Surgery, Department of Surgery, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, Ohio.
Submitted for consideration November 2016; accepted for publication in revised form February 2015.
Disclosure: The authors have no conflicts of interest to report.
Correspondence: Bryan A. Whitson, Division of Cardiac Surgery, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, N-816 Doan Hall, 410 W. 10th Ave., Columbus, OH 43210. Email: email@example.com.