Happy New Year 2013 !

Sydney, Australia Editor’s Note: This year has been especially meaningful to myself and my family, it has been hard and adventurous at the same time. I am sure the same can be said for most of you out there- perfusionists and cv team members alike. I want to thank you all for helping this blog […]

A Thesis from Japan [ 8 ] Pediatric Q Rates ?

Presentation authored by:  Hiroyuki Kuromitsu (Hiro) Editor’s Note: Hiro Kuromitsu is very active as a Japanese perfusionist, and has been an on-line FaceBook friend for quite some time.  He will be presenting a paper on Pediatric Flow Rates / CPB at the 21st Annual Meeting of the Asian Society for Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery in […]

The Year in review: 2012

Circuit Surfers 2012 Editor’s Note: 2012 was a great year.  Thank you all so very much for dropping in and participating in this blog. I think it has finally developed into a source that people rely on. What has been accomplished is the following: 200,000 + visits 159 Countries 350 + Cities 16+  jobs were […]

Merry Christmas ! 2012

Click to enlarge … To B. Martinez & The Rest of his Platoon:  ____________   Afghanistan From Kash, Frank, our 4 children, our two dawgs, two mice- and 1 hermit crab in a Batman shell. I’m ex- Navy (HM2) and wish you’ all safety and God Speed !   You make sure and let us know […]

Perfusion Art: “Perfusion ‘La Giaconda’ “

Perfusion ‘La Giaconda’_________________Click image to enlarge Photographer:  unknown Equipment:  Digital Editing:  Photshop Narrative:  Young Italian Perfusion student, with attitude and a love for medicine and life.  It is titled after the Mona Lisa for a reason- the unique expression in the smile 🙂 Time & Place:   Italy / Undetermined / 2012 About The Artist: An […]

Perfusion Art: “Crystalloid Reverie”

“Crystalloid Reverie”    ________Click image to enlarge Photographer:  Frank Aprile, BBA, LP, CCP Equipment:  Digital Editing:  Photoshop:  Cropping: Hue & Contrast adjustments. Narrative:  In the middle of a double valve from behind the pump… Time & Place:   2012 About The Picture:  CCP in Texas:  Editor: Circuit Surfers: Click to Donate Click here to View Gallery Any Donations […]

Perfusion Life: Why We Do This [ 5 ]

It’s Just a Box Right ? Editor’s Note: Well, after a disturbing weekend I find myself in the groove again.  Knocked out a quick AVR with friends Dianne, Jack, Collin, Nikki, & Kristina- and two really talented heart surgeons (they are kinda friends as well). So I get home, and of course it IS getting […]

An Italian Peds Mission to Africa !

Editor’s Note: This is a very fun and unique video of the experiences of one Italian perfusionist on a pediatric heart mission to Africa. Dario Fichera has been a friend for quite sometime- and has been a constant source of encouragement and inspiration as the ‘Surfers blog grew up. The following is his video as […]

Career Perfusionist: [11] A German Perspective to the Public…

A German Perspective to the Public_______________Click image to enlarge Editor’s Note: Here is a YouTube video that was submitted by: Adrian Bauer A German perfusionist that decided that just maybe- it would be nice to not go into an hour long diatrbe on who we are and what we do.  Not that there is anything […]

Deep Hypothermia: Antegrade & Retrograde Cerebral Perfusion

Editor’s Note: Deep Hypothermic Circulatory Arrest (DHCA), is a concept discussed here in this forum, as well as a significant perfusion event when it comes to the horizon. Obviously an issue for aortic dissections, transections, or congenital malformations that require a surgical approach and repair that can only be accomplished by intermittent or momentary cessation […]

Deep Hypothermia: Rapid Cooling & Nitroglycerine

Editor’s Note: Deep Hypothermic Circulatory Arrest (DHCA), is a concept discussed here in this forum, as well as a significant perfusion event when it comes to the horizon. Obviously an issue for aortic dissections, transections, or congenital malformations that require a surgical approach and repair that can only be accomplished by intermittent or momentary cessation […]

Perfusion Pictures: “The Editor”

“The Editor”    ________Click image to enlarge Photographer:  Chelsea Bailey, CST, CORT Equipment:  Digital Editing:  Photoshop:  Cropping: Hue & Contrast adjustments. Narrative:  Frank Aprile, CCP: Charting in the AM- 2 valves coming up ! Time & Place:   2012 About The Picture:  CCP in Texas:  Editor: Circuit Surfers: Click to Donate Click here to View Gallery Any Donations […]

A New Mission- A New Adventure …

Brian Goes to Basra, Iraq Click image above to view his latest post. This is a NEW Perfusion Blog by Brian Forsberg, MPH, CCP, LP. Click the image above to view his site.  He is a tremendous perfusionist, specializing in pediatrics and international perfusion missions.

Seeking Financial & Art Donations: International Perfusion Art Gallery

Click Image to Enlarge… Seeking Financial Assistance & Art Donations If you haven’t seen it yet, perhaps you should visit our International Perfusion Art Gallery. It is expanding and the result of perfusionist’s contributions from all over the Globe. Anyone wishing to submit a photograph relating to their life/lives as a Perfusionist, please email them […]

Perfusion Art: “ECMO_Land 2”

“ECMO_Land 2”    ____________Click image to enlarge Photographer:  Frank Aprile, BBA, LP, CCP Equipment:  Digital Editing:  Photoshop:  Cropping: Hue & Contrast adjustments:  Gradient filter. Narrative:  Some great PICU nurses helping out on an unexpected adult ECMO Time & Place:   2012 About The Artist:  CCP in Texas:  Editor: Circuit Surfers: Click to Donate Click here to View Gallery […]

Perfusion Art: “The Air Whisperer”

“The Air Whisperer”    ________Click image to enlarge Photographer:  Frank Aprile, BBA, LP, CCP Equipment:  Digital Editing:  Photoshop:  Cropping: Hue & Contrast adjustments. Narrative:  De-airing a cardioplegia bag…  The last bubble 🙂 Time & Place:   2012 About The Artist:  CCP in Texas:  Editor: Circuit Surfers: Click to Donate Click here to View Gallery Any Donations are for […]

Slow Motion Calm: Stress During Open-Heart Surgery…

Cardiac Surgeon, William Springer-  running a half marathon. Editor’s Note: Have you ever noticed that when you are in a serious situation on bypass- or things start to go awfully wrong, that time seems to slow a bit, and you are actually accomplishing the tasks needed to fix the situation much faster than you perceive […]

A Pediatric Heart Mission: The Dominican Republic [3]

Editor’s Note: I want to thank Alfredo Lomeli, CST, an open heart surgical scrub technician from Lubbock, Texas,  and  volunteered his time to work on a pediatric mission to the Dominican Republic.  The following is his photographic journal and narrative of the events and the great story that transpired. Alfredo Alfredo in the D R (Dominican […]

Career Perfusionist: [10] Going ON & Coming OFF Bypass …

Going ON & Coming OFF Bypass_______________Click image to enlarge Editor’s Note: Here is a YouTube video that is an amazingly artistic expression of the process of initiating and concluding cardioplulmonary bypass.  The classical musical score behind it is by Artist: Peter Schmalfuss; “Nocturne No. 9 in B Major Op. 32/1” This was submitted by: Manoj […]