Survey Results: ECC Setups [RePrint)

Pre-Assembled ECC’s and the Rationale Behind Them… Authored by:  Jeff Campbell, MPS, CCP,CCT; Frank Aprile, BBA, LP, CCP; – Survey Design:  Frank Aprile, BBA, LP, CCP; Jeff Campbell, MPS, CCP, CCT; Discussion: The reasons perfusionists have increasingly adopted the practice of a having pre-assembled dry or wet ECC over the past decade may be multi-factorial.  […]

A Day in the Life… [And Then Comes Sunday]

24 Hours… of ECMO Jesse  struggles to do a stretch during a therapy session with occupational therapist Megan Taylor on Tuesday, June 12, 2011. (Miranda Grubbs/ Lubbock Avalanche-Journal) Click Image Above to View Video Interview… The End and a new beginning This is the culmination of Jessie’s story.  His life is a new chapter now, […]

A Day In The Life… [6] Reprint

24 Hours… of ECMO To view the entire “Day In The Life” series Click Here Part VI:  A New Day & Definitely a New Beginning ! 8:00 am Coffee, Bugles, and McyDee’s I know it’s a bad example, but the hospital cafeteria is being remodeled, so I stocked on provisions for the long term.  There […]

A Day In The Life… [5] Reprint

24 Hours… of ECMO To view the entire “Day In The Life” series Click Here Part V:  Past Midnight… Ghost Stories & What-Not 3:00 am Ghost stories So it’s 3 a.m. and the STS paper work has become a mountainous blur, our ECMO patient is on “cruise control”, the hive activity is down to almost nothing, […]

Letters From Ecuador: Improvising [6]

(Click Image to View Entire Ecuador Series) Editor’s Note: I want to thank Margaret R. Harrington, who was a perfusion student close to graduation, and volunteered her time to work with The International Children’s Heart Foundation (ICHF) and Brian Forsberg, MPH, CCP, on a pediatric mission to Ecuador.  The following is her narrative and insight- […]

A Day In The Life… [4] Reprint

24 Hours… of ECMO To view the entire “Day In The Life” series Click Here Part IV:  Past Midnight Saturday:  1:00 am STS and the Paperwork Deluge So at something like 1:00 am, it’s do or die time.  The patient is fine, but as an ECMO coordinator, I typically like to stay awake and support […]

A Day In The Life… [3] Reprint

24 Hours… of ECMO To view the entire “Day In The Life” series Click Here Part III:  Getting Past Midnight :   ACT’s & Clots … 11:00 pm Somehow during the initial debriefing from the previous ECMO coordinator that I had taken over for, the question of reliability regarding our ACT  (Activated Clotting Time) came […]

A Day In The Life… [2] Reprint

24 Hours… of ECMO To view the entire “Day In The Life” series Click Here Part II:  The Setting … 9:00 pm Well it’s about that time.  The PICU is closed for business, onlookers, rubber-neckers, and pretty much any visitors not directly related to your patient, are ushered away- and the staff is settled in […]

A Day In The Life… [1] Reprint

24 Hours… of ECMO To view the entire “Day In The Life” series Click Here Part I:  Getting Started … 24 hours to the finish line, and all you can do is just hope you don’t trip and fall.  That pretty much sums up this ECMO run.  Just trust your feet, and don’t lose sight […]

Perfusion Art: “Rewarming”

“Rewarming”    _______________________Click image to enlarge Photographer:  Frank Aprile, BBA, LP, CCP Equipment:  Hero2 HD Video Editing:  Photoshop:  Cropping: Hue & Contrast adjustments:  Gradient filter. Narrative:  Adding some color and perspective to thermal gradients…  Just having fun 🙂 Time & Place:   2012 About The Artist:  CCP in Texas:  Editor: Circuit Surfers: To View The Entire Gallery- Click […]

1st Year Out… The Blog Lives …

Wow ! That’s all I can say is what a great first year we had ! A year ago I launched something- and really wasn’t sure how that was going to turn out. I wanted something different in terms what could be offered to the perfusion community, I wanted something special, untarnished, and with No […]

Letters From Ecuador : From West Texas [5]

(Click Image to View Entire Ecuador Series) Author: LaceyTodd, CORT, from West Texas, who volunteered her time as a pediatric cardiovascular scrub technician. Formalities … Frank, Here it be 🙂 Not sure how much you wanted, so feel free to leave anything out! Thanks for posting it! First of all, I would like to thank Frank/Circuit […]

Live Blogger: 1/2 Off Registration Fee…

CREF 2012:  San Diego, CA Feb 29-March 4, 2012 (Click Image to View Website) CREF is willing to offer 1/2 OFF ON THE REGISTRATION FEE for anyone signing up to live blog this event ! I have been to this meeting- and this is a heck of a deal ! To Get more info- Click […]

Perfusion Art: “The Circle of Willis”

“The Circle of Willis“ _____ Photographer:  Nadia Azuero, BS, CCP Equipment:  Digital:  iphone 4S Editing:  By Nadia:  Effects: Edge Blur – Narrative:   on CPB, took the picture through the handle of a tubing clamp for coolness Time & Place:  Pending About The Artist:  Nadia is a Solo Perfusion Contractor (You should visit her Website  if […]

Perfusion Art: “The Plan …”

“The Plan …”    _______________________Click image to enlarge Photographer:  Margaret Harrington, Perfusion Student, University of Iowa Equipment:  Digital Editing:  Photoshop:  Cropping: Hue & Contrast adjustments: Narrative:  A drawing of the pending operation for a correction of a congenital malformation… Time & Place:   Ecuador, 2011: Guayaquil, Hospital Francisco de Ycaza Bustamente About The Artist:  Margaret R. Harrington, […]

Perfusion Line: Q & A Prep for the Perfusion Board Exam

Click Image to GoTo Quiz Section… Perfusion Line is currently offering an excellent online learning opportunity for Perfusionists and Students. There is a database containing 1,800 Q&A – with references – that may be useful to review as a preparatory tool for your board certification or revalidation. It should also be a valuable tool to […]

Letters From Ecuador: Getting Started [4]

(Click Image to View Entire Ecuador Series) Editor’s Note: I want to thank Margaret R. Harrington, who was a perfusion student close to graduation, and volunteered her time to work with The International Children’s Heart Foundation (ICHF) and Brian Forsberg, MPH, CCP, on a pediatric mission to Ecuador.  The following is her narrative and insight- […]

Perfusion Art: “Meds & Such…”

“Meds & Such…”    _______________________Click image to enlarge Photographer:  Margaret Harrington, Perfusion Student, University of Iowa Equipment:  Digital Editing:  Photoshop:  Cropping: Hue & Contrast adjustments: Narrative:  Meds for a case… Time & Place:   Ecuador, 2011: Guayaquil, Hospital Francisco de Ycaza Bustamente About The Artist:  Margaret R. Harrington, a perfusion student close to graduation, who volunteered her […]

Letters From Ecuador : Setting The Field Straight [3]

(Click Image to View Entire Ecuador Series) Author: Frank Aprile, writing from an initial conversation with LaceyTodd, CORT, who volunteered her time as a pediatric cardiovascular scrub technician. She  authors her own narrative on this adventure in future parts of this series… A Conversation and a Napkin… Is pretty much what this part of the […]

Letters From Ecuador: The Arrival [2]

(Click Image to View Entire Ecuador Series) Editor’s Note: I want to thank Margaret R. Harrington, who was a perfusion student close to graduation, and volunteered her time to work with The International Children’s Heart Foundation (ICHF) and Brian Forsberg, MPH, CCP, on a pediatric mission to Ecuador.  The following is her narrative and insight- […]

Perfusion Art: “Eye of the Storm”

“Eye of the Storm“ _____ Photographer:  Nadia Azuero, BS, CCP Equipment:  Digital:  iphone 4S Editing:  By Nadia:  Effects: Edge Blur – Narrative:   Prep before a CABG, TEE evaluation, lights dim Time & Place:  Pending About The Artist:  Nadia is a Solo Perfusion Contractor (You should visit her Website  if you have a chance:) Click Here […]

Take the Leash off: The Wireless VAD

Click Image to View Article I ran across a link of this article on the SUNY FB site. So a big thank you to SUNY 🙂 . “Tetherless” power-transmission technology could radically change LVAD therapy…  By Reed Miller Ft Lauderdale, FL– Engineers have been trying to create a completely implantable ventricular assist device (VAD) that […]

Perfusion Art: “Army Doc”

“Army Doc”    _______________________Click image to enlarge Photographer:  Frank Aprile, BBA, LP, CCP Equipment:  Hero2 HD Video Editing:  Photoshop:  Cropping: Hue & Contrast adjustments: Lens Flare Narrative:  Right after a tough case- I respect this guy cuz he doesn’t give up… Time & Place:   2012 About The Artist:  CCP in Texas:  Editor: Circuit Surfers: To View The […]

It’s Halftime in America ….

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FSP15OIwn4] This isn’t a political statement.  Just represents a great narrative- from a great man-  about a country I love.  The United States of America. I know it’s not about perfusion or anything medical, but it is about all of us- here in America as well as in all foreign lands.  A call to step […]

PICU Rocks !

ECMO @ Covenant Women & Children’s Hospital I don’t know about the rest of you all, but our pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) is a place that from the outside looks dreamy through a small child’s eyes, and on the inside represents the shoreline for many a shipwrecked souls. I have an interesting relationship with […]

Letters From Ecuador: A Preview [1]

(Click Image to View Entire Ecuador Series) COMING SOON … = The Arrival… = A Scrub Techs Notes …. (on Tissue Paper) = A Student’s POV Click Here to Continue … International Children’s Heart Foundation Click to View our Website…