Italians, Reggae, & CPB

Editor’s Note: This is a FUN video of how the Italians perform cardiac surgery.¬† It’s fascinating to see the similarities and such few differences (other than ECC parts and protocol). Enjoy ūüôā = CPB @ Our Institution: = Compliments To: Dario Fichera Update “This video was made when I worked in Switzerland, not in Italy! […]

The Role of Nitric Oxide in Myocardial Ischemia / Reperfusion

(Click above to view source article) ABSTRACT = Objective: The role of nitric oxide (NO) in myocardial ischemia/reperfusion is controversial. While some studies have shown cardioprotective effects of NO, others suggested that increased myocardial NO release secondary to ischemia may contribute to reperfusion injury. However, the impact of cardioplegia-induced myocardial ischemia/reperfusion on the activity of […]

Italians ! Post-Earthquake Assistance …

Pompeii Editor’s Note: I contacted Mr. Lawson for permission to post this on ‘Surfers. Thank you Ron for this effort. Please Contact for Assistance ! The earthquake in Italy has caused some concern for supply interruption from Sorin. I have 11 Medtronic Sequestra cell savers available for month to month lease. Wash Kits, 125 ml. […]

An Italian Perfusion Congress.. This WEEK !

“Professional identity of the perfusionist in the political and social context in Italy” May 31 – June 1 Topics are: -deontological and professional aspects of perfusion -legislation and evolution of professional profile -legal and medical liability -objectives of the Continuing Education Program and Registry -clinical risk management and perfusion -occupational stress, stress reaction and management […]

Perfusion Art: “Explant”

“Explant”¬† ¬†¬†_______________________Click image to enlarge Photographer:¬†¬†Adam Richman Equipment:¬†¬†Samsung Mesmerize Galaxy S Editing:¬† Instagram Narrative:¬† My patient that night received a total artificial heart (SynCardia CardioWest) explant followed by an orthotopic heart transplant. Time & Place:¬†¬† February 2012, Milwaukee, WI About The Artist: I just graduated, accepted a position, and am excited to start soon.¬† B.S. […]

Perfusion Art: “The Corner”

“The Corner”¬† ¬†¬†_______________________Click image to enlarge Photographer:¬†¬†Dario Fichera Equipment:¬†¬†Device:samsung galaxy s2 smartphone with 8 mpixel camera, using instangram app Editing:¬† Instagram ? Narrative:¬† Taken on may the 24th¬† in the night during an aortic arch reconstruction procedure, at Padova University Hospital Time & Place:¬†¬† 2012: Padova University Hospital About The Artist: I Think this says […]

Perfusion Art: “A Student’s Notebook”

“A Student’s Notebook”¬† ¬†¬†_______________________Click image to enlarge Photographer:¬†¬†Giorgiarobertandrea Isidoro Equipment:¬† Digital Editing:¬† Photshop Narrative:¬† Italia Time & Place:¬†¬† Chieti, Abruzzi About The Artist: I Think this says it all ūüôā Click to Donate Click here to View Gallery Any Donations are for the cost and development of an International Perfusion Art Gallery, Framing, Printing, Matting, […]

Perfusion Art: “Remote Support”

“Remote Support”¬† ¬†¬†_______________________Click image to enlarge Photographer:¬†¬†Giuseppe Salerno, chief perfusionist Equipment:¬† Digital Editing:¬† picasa Narrative:¬† Description: centrifugal pump made MAQUET Time & Place:¬†¬† taken in May 2012 About The Artist: A young Italian perfusionist:¬† Founder of the Facebook Group: Gruppo dei Perfusionisti!!!¬† Currently with 284 members. Click to Donate Click here to View Gallery Any […]

Perfusion Art: “Clarity”

“Clarity”¬† ¬†¬†_______________________Click image to enlarge Photographer:¬†¬†Dario Fichera Equipment:¬†¬†Device:samsung galaxy s2 smartphone with 8 mpixel camera, using instangram app Editing:¬† Instagram ? Narrative:¬† Taken on may the 24th¬† in the night during an aortic arch reconstruction procedure, at Padova University Hospital Time & Place:¬†¬† 2012: Padova University Hospital About The Artist: I Think this says it […]

ASD Repair: Issue- Double IVC / Hepatic Vein

hi ¬†circuit surfers This is ¬†very rare finding ¬†of the case we diagnos this case is on table pat taken in ot os ASD ¬†normally hepatic vein drain into subdiaphramtic portion of IVC ¬†We saw there were two IVCs draining into the RA. This is however not possible, so the other possibility was One bigger […]

Survey Results: Graft Preservation During Heart Transplant

Photograph by Dario Fichera:¬† Click Image to view Facebook Profile. Editors Note: I contacted Mr. Morton regarding permission to reprint the results of this survey.¬† I thank him for this opportunity.¬† It was initially submitted to AMSECT via PERFLIST. Graft Preservation During Heart Transplant Authored by:¬† John Morton, BS, CCP “I would like to thank […]

Great Colleges Offering Surgical Programs

Great Colleges Offering Surgical Programs The training and education required to be a surgeon is staggering–but for good reason. Surgeons have one of the most high-stakes jobs in the world. One minute slip of the hand and their patient will die. Less concerning than the death of their patient (but still a considerable stressor) is […]

Perfusion Glitches: Waking Patient

Click Image Above to Add a “Glitch” to the Perfusion Database … Editors Note:¬† This is a new Section.¬† We are trying to develop a database of common or not-so-common problems encountered by perfusionists during CPB. Please join us by clicking the Link Above if you have had any sort of unusual event you would […]

Perfusion Art: “Picture in a Picture”

“Picture in a Picture”¬† ¬†¬†_______________________Click image to enlarge Photographer:¬† Frank Aprile, BBA, LP, CCP Equipment:¬† Digital Editing:¬† Photoshop:¬† Cropping: Hue & Contrast adjustments:¬† Gradient filter. Narrative:¬† A high profile case gets the attention of the local news. Time & Place:¬†¬† 2011 About The Artist:¬†¬†CCP in Texas:¬† Editor: Circuit Surfers: Click to Donate Click here to […]

Take This Survey Plz : Age & Perfusion

Click Image to Take The Survey Click Here to See Survey Results UPDATE I am getting a fair amount of responses from North American white people- but I am missing input from a significant portion of our reading population. Plz take a second to respond?¬† It’s actually very intriguing. This is More than a Survey […]

Perfusion Art: “Missed Connections”

“Missed Connections”¬† ¬†¬†______________________Click image to enlarge Photographer:¬† Oliver Germany Equipment:¬† Digital Editing:¬† None: Narrative:¬† Scrub nurse playing Paper Toss !!! Time & Place:¬†¬† Brussels About The Artist:¬† CHU Saint Pierre – Brussels Chief Perfusionist ¬∑ Jan 1995 to present ¬∑ Brussels, Belgium Chirurgie Cardio-Vasculaire & Thoracique To View The Entire Gallery- Click the Image Below […]

Heparin Metabolization or AT3 Deficiency ?

There has been a drive lately to reduce the amount of heparin administration during bypass at a couple of institutions I have been at. I’m all for that, although some of the parameters placed before us are clearly unrealistic and forwarded by people that know nothing about perfusion except what they have read in a […]

Dabigatran (Pradaxa)

Dabigatran (Pradaxa) (Boehringer Ingelheim) It should be noted up front that while Dabigatran is indicated as an anticoagulation Rx for atrial fibrillation, it is not recommended for patient’s with concomitant valvular disease, and not indicated for anticoagulation therapy in patient’s receiving valve replacements or experiencing valve dysfunction. Mechanism of Action Dabigatran and its acyl glucuronides […]

Perfusion Art: “The Navigator”

“The Navigator”¬† ________________________Click Images to Enlarge Photographer:¬† Emiliano Vitalini Equipment:¬† Pending Editing:¬† Photoshop:¬† Contrast Elements: Narrative:¬†¬†This is the primary surgeon: Da Vinci Robot Time & Place:¬† Italia About The Artist: 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 […]

Perfusion Art: “Chariots of the Gods”

Both color tones were good- So I offered up two pictures… “Chariots of the Gods”¬† ________________________Click Images to Enlarge Photographer:¬† Emiliano Vitalini Equipment:¬† Pending Editing:¬† Photoshop:¬† Contrast Elements: Narrative:¬†¬† This is the surgeon helping the primary during the surgery… Time & Place:¬† Italia About The Artist: Mr. Emiliano Vitalini, CCP, is an Italian perfusionist that […]

How To Outlive the Mayan Calendar: By Nadia Azuero

Nadia Azuero, B.S., CCP, LP Editor’s Note: About The Author: ¬†¬†¬† Nadia¬† has been a perfusionist for quite some time, and is a very active contributor here at Circuit Surfers. She is very talented, precise, and obviously committed to delivering extraordinary care to her patients. Nadia is currently practicing as a Solo Perfusion Contractor. (You […]

Perfusion Art: “Meine Kastell”

“Meine Kastell” _____ Photographer:¬† Stefan Seiler Equipment:¬† iPhone 4 Editing:¬† Photoshop:¬† Gray scale layer conversion with color highlights Narrative:¬†¬† EC with CVVH: ¬†dialysier Patient with aortic arch replacement:¬† Von meinem iPhone gesendet Time & Place:¬† 01/01/2012¬† About The Artist:¬† I’m a clinical perfusionist since 1988 and i work in Muenster Click to Donate Click here […]

Saturday Morning Brunch : Mother’s Day

Some good looking food … Hello Visitors… Just a shout out to all the mom’s in the world, and happy Mother’s Day !¬† (It’s tomorrow- but who cares ?) As well thank you to some new Facebook friends, Bijender Singh, Giuseppe Salerno, Emliliano Vittalani, Stefan Selier, Elisabetta Maio, Seanne Nicole Sevier Azzolina , and Brian […]

Perfusion Art: “Clamps & Steel”

“Clamps & Steel” _____ Photographer:¬† Stefan Seiler Equipment:¬† Nikon Coolpix S80: ¬† F/3,5: 1/40 Sek. Editing:¬† Photoshop:¬† Contrast Elements:¬† Cropping Narrative:¬†¬† operating Room at the HLM Time & Place:¬† 01/01/2012¬† About The Artist:¬† I’m a clinical perfusionist since 1988 and i work in Muenster   Click to Donate Click here to View Gallery Any Donations […]

What Doesn’t Kill You- Makes You Stronger

= Click to View…¬† It’s DEFINITELY Inspiring. This was a link that one of our PICU nurses left on her Facebook page. It totally reminded me of our PICU and the great ECMO nurses we have working there! Ash …¬† Man she is the greatest !¬† She linked the YouTube video above. Awesome Murals and […]

The Ideal Perfusionist: By Nadia Azuero

Nadia Azuero, B.S., CCP, LP Editor’s Note: About The Author: ¬†¬†¬† Nadia wrote this piece as a student in 2001, for AMSECT and the student body.¬† She has been a perfusionist for quite some time, and is a very active contributor here at Circuit Surfers. Nadia is currently in medical school. The Ideal Perfusionist By:¬† […]

Letters From Italy: Thesis Topic Suggestions?

Elisabetta Maio Hi Guys, I got this letter from a young Italian perfusion student.¬† She is looking for ideas for her thesis. Do you all have any suggestions? There are a million possibilities.¬† If any of you have any ideas- please submit them or leave Elisabetta a message in the comments section? Thanks ! = […]

Take This Survey Plz : Age & Perfusion

Click Image to Take The Survey Click Here to See Survey Results This is More than a Survey on Age… This is a snapshot of how we make choices to work with or remain apart from fellow colleagues looking for work. We are all human so we all have biases.¬† So let’s try to look […]

Age & Perfusion: An Experienced Response

(Click Image to Enlarge) Editor’s Note: I got this response to my earlier¬† “Methuselah-Meets-Perfusion” post. The individual who spurred the discussion to begin with, I omit her name for now, so that this discussion isn’t linked to her efforts to find work.¬† But it was a very well written and prosaic opinion, and feel it […]

When is Younger TOO Young ? A Perfusion Survey

Gainsborough’s Blue Boy, 1770 Little Lord Fontelroy Meets Perfusion … We again discuss age here, but go to the other side of the spectrum: away from older perfusionists and on to the younger brood entering our ranks… Please note the picture below and ask yourself- who are they and why are they so young? The […]

Methuselah Meets Perfusion? An Age Survey…

Had an interesting e-chat the other day regarding a perfusionist who wanted to place an ad on ‘Surfers looking for work. I asked the individual to send a picture of themselves – and got this response: “For me that is not such a good idea.¬† I do not want to emphasize my age.¬† Sad but […]

Wanted: Perfusion Art for an International Gallery

Click Picture to Enlarge Welcome to the Perfusion Photo Gallery This is a beginning effort to develop a collection of Perfusion related pictures that have been submitted by perfusionists from all over the world. The intention is to develop an online photo gallery highlighting the lives and events of people in our profession. The hope […]

Perfusion Art: “Patchwork”

“Patchwork” _____ Photographer:¬† bijender.bali Equipment:¬† Digital: Editing:¬† Photoshop:¬† Contrast Elements:¬† Cropping Narrative:¬†¬† Note the tape on the level detector- for multiple reuse… Time & Place:¬† New Delhi About The Artist:¬† Rides a Scooter To View The Entire Gallery- Click the Image Below To Submit A Picture: email:¬† EccLog@gmail.com

MicroCircuits & Rapping : [Reprint]

MicroCircuits & Rapping (Click Here if you want to skip to a list of posts) In the last 15 months, our institution decided to get aggressive about reducing our transfusion rate, and the numbers of patients that had postoperative bleeding issues. Originally our aim was to reduce the circuit size and use the integrated microcircuits […]

Perfusion Art: “Detail”

“Detail”¬† ¬†¬†_____________Click image to enlarge Photographer:¬† Malte Equipment:¬† Digital Editing:¬† Malte Narrative:¬† With best regards from Norway Time & Place:¬†¬† Norway About The Artist:¬†¬†www.norsect.net Click to Donate Click here to View Gallery Any Donations are for the cost and development of an International Perfusion Art Gallery, Framing, Printing, Matting, and Expenses associated with delivering the […]

ANZCP 2012 Meeting: Uluru

Click Image to View Conference Details 1-2 November 2012 / Uluru Northern Territory Uluru is one of Australia’s most recognizable natural landmarks. The sandstone formation stands 348¬†m (1,142¬†ft) high (rising 863¬†m/2,831¬†ft above sea level), with most of its bulk lying underground, and has a total circumference of 9.4¬†km (5.8¬†mi).[4] Both Uluru and the nearby Kata […]

Thank You Wisconsin Perfusion Society :

Click to Visit WPS Thanks Marianne Veir Pilger, Eric D Rauch, and the Wisconsin Perfusion Society for including ‘Surfers in their list of links to visit! That is an honor, and having been to a couple of WPS conferences, (of course knowing MVP), it means a lot to be considered a resource worth visiting by […]

Perfusion Art: “The Hands Give Life”

“The Hands Give Life”¬† ¬†¬†__________________Click image to enlarge Photographer:¬†¬†Peter Damiani BS, CCP Equipment:¬†¬†Digital Canon F1 Editing:¬† Peter Damiani Narrative:¬† The Team Gives Support, The Device Gives Hope, The Hands Give Life Time & Place:¬†¬† Brooklyn, NY About The Artist:¬†¬†CCP Click to Donate Click here to View Gallery Any Donations are for the cost and development […]

Thank You NORSECT :

Click to Visit NORSECT Well thank you.¬† This is the first endorsement I have gotten from any perfusion organization, and I appreciate it very much.¬† The comments you included were very kind ūüôā I encourage any of your members to submit perfusion related photos for the International Perfusion Art Gallery.¬† Eventually we WILL be able […]