ECMOjo : Online ECMO Simulator

(Click Image Above to View Site and Test Drive The Simulator) I was surfing the net (actually I was looking at the newest perfusion website I have become familiar with- a very cool site–  perfusione.net ) when I happened across this ECMO simulator and decided to take a look at it. Manufactures and Product Insert […]

A Roman Dialogue: [1]

(Rome) Introduction Mr. Emiliano Vitalini, CCP is an Italian perfusionist that sent a note my way, and sent me a link to his impressive website http://www.perfusione.net/. I took a look at it and was amazed at the body of work- and the time and dedication it took.  I don’t speak Italian, although my family name […]

How Much Mannitol & Why ?

I got a few comments recently regarding using Mannitol in the prime- and how much people are using per case. Here is a summary of some casual positions colleagues over the years have laid out for the use of Mannitol: Don’t give it for renal failure / insufficiency patients Causes skeletal muscle dilation- thus a […]

Blood Volume Expanders: Voluven™

(Arnold: The Ultimate Total Body Volume Expander…) Editor’s Note: I got an email today asking me if I knew anything about using Voluven™ as a replacement for Albumin as a prime constituent for the ECC. When looking it up, the obvious similarities to Hespan (Hetastarch), is that they both are synthetic BVE’s. The primary difference […]

Backing Up Nebraska …

  Satori Satori (悟り?) (Chinese: 悟; pinyin: wù; Korean 오; Vietnamese ngộ) is a Japanese Buddhist term for enlightenment that literally means “understanding”. In the Zen Buddhist tradition, satori refers to a flash of sudden awareness, or individual enlightenment, and is considered a “first step” or embarkation toward nirvana. Heart teams are in a constant […]

Perfusion Notes: [7]

A Student Diary: To View all Diary Entries- Click Here So It Begins… Well it has been a few weeks since I have written and entry.  I have become incredibly busy.  Between tests, studying/reading to keep up and being in the operating room I find time to sit and watch some tv or sleep.  School is […]

Yes or No ? Circuit Surfers Dot Com

And the Verdict is ? Yes it wasn’t scientific. True it was a little repetitious and the construct of a less than qualified statistician. Most likely it was self serving. But from that pile of political rubble, there is something to be gleaned. From what initially looked undecipherable, a little sparkle emerges. A hint of […]

Perfusion Glitches: Re-Priming Venous Line: Air Bolus RA

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The Good The Bad The Ugly…

Editor’s Note: I published a poll a couple of years ago, at the dawn of the ‘Surfers’ blog.  Re-reading it was fun, so I thought I would dust this post off and share reader’s perceptions of CircuitSurfers.com- BEFORE we were assimilated into the mainstream perfusion culture (LOL)…  I think that’s right anyway? = A Blast from […]

Perfusion Glitches: Kinking of Inlet Side of Arterial Line

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Perfusion Glitches: Fatigue & Air in Arterial Line

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Perfusion Glitches: Pressurized Sucker Line

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Perfusion Dreams

“The Knight’s Dream” painted by Antonio de Pereda Have you ever had a perfusion dream? You know, the kind where you are in it, working through a perfusion problem or cascades of problems? I have always wondered about dreams like that. Obviously never had any before getting into the field, but then every once in […]

Perfusion Discussions, Vetting, & Polls.

  I put a poll out the other day to get a genuine idea of what people are looking for in Perfusion sites. The results were very promising for all of us, and some of the details will lead to some interesting discussions.  Perflist reflects very well in the opinions of many. I plan to […]

Music, Caesar, & Circuit Surfers

Please Take this International Poll and Tell Us What You Think? Click Image to Take Poll = To View Current Results of Poll Click Here The Common Denominator for Music, Caesar, & Circuit Surfers ? Here are some other Triumphs of All of Us– That include the number 50,000 Music Music is found in every […]