Perfusion South Korea: An Interview with Lee Jinkwon

Lee Jinkwon of South Korea Click image to visit site Sejong general hospital was founded in 1982. In 1987, the hospital has developed an artificial heart for the first time in Korea, and transplanted it into a calf with a 45 days maintenance record (which has not yet been broken in Korea). The quality of […]

Circuit Surfers LIVE… On SiriusXM : Life Happens …

My Daughter … Hey guys- Am gonna be on a radio talk show tomorrow ! (Saturday the 30th) morning @ 10:00 am Lubbock time (11:00 am EST) Channel 107  SiriusXM Stars The Judith Regon Show 10 am – 12pm http://www.siriusxm.com/stars Editor’s Note: This is a story of a perfusionist who hit some hard times and […]

Letter To ‘Surfers: Protocols & ECC Setups ?

Editor’s Note: I received an email today regarding ECC setups and institutional protocols.  If you have any suggestions or written protocols, perhaps you could share them with Ryan ? Hello Frank,  I sent a post to you back in June that you entitled, ‘Is Perfusion a Dead Language?’. I am happy to say that I […]

Hybrid OR [3] Day 1 Debut

In Technicolor or Black & White ? Editor’s Note: Over the past year or so, a Hybrid room as been under construction, here in West Texas.  Being very close to one of the cardiac operating rooms- during this process, the sounds of drilling and hammering mix in with Pink Floyd, Annie Lennox, some “ya-done-me-wrong” Texas […]

A Quick Guide to Changing Out the Terumo FX15 / 25 Oxygenator

Editor’s Note: I had an early Op-Cab and was looking at a primed circuit that I had set up the day before- for a case that was also an Op-Cab.  It was primed with Normal Saline, no meds, and would have been fine to use on our patient today. I decided to go ahead and […]

The International Perfusion Art Gallery WILL be @ CREF, San Diego- 2014!

Click Picture to Enlarge Editor’s Note: I would like to express my deepest gratitude to Susan Westwood and the entire CREF organization for allowing this opportunity to happen at a tremendous perfusion conference! Thank you 🙂 Frank The International Perfusion Art Gallery Will be @ CREF, San Diego 2014! Thanks to your efforts and photo […]

Desert Heart- ICHF in Iraq

Editors Note: I first heard of the International Children’s Heart Foundation and it’s founder and Medical Director, Dr. Bill Novick, from interviews and dialogue with Brian Forsberg, MPH, CCP. Here are some details of scope of their mission: Published on Jan 22, 2013 As US troops were ending their mission a Babyheart mission had just […]

We Made It To Z Big Time !

Perfusionist Blogger Frank Aprile of Circuitsurfers.com Interviews Dr. Novick Click images to view source article … Editors Note: I first heard of the International Children’s Heart Foundation and it’s founder and Medical Director, Dr. Bill Novick, from interviews and dialogue with Brian Forsberg, MPH, CCP. And now it seems that a recent interview with Dr. […]

Perfusion Art: “Arterial Switch”

“Arterial Switch”    _______________________Click image to enlarge Photographer:  Undetermined Equipment: Smart Phone Editing:  Photoshop:  Cropping: Hue & Contrast adjustments: Narrative:  Kharkiv Center of Cardiac Surgery : First arterial switch operation made completely by Kharkov team without any supervision. Baby is doing extremely well. Time & Place:   2013, Kharkiv Center of Cardiac Surgery About The Artist:  Kharkiv […]

Mentors & CPB

We ALL have our stories … Colleen There was a moment when I heard the words “a Zero pressure- and v-fib is INCOMPATIBLE WITH LIFE !” And she was right.  She meant it.  She meant it every single moment that you were dedicated to a pump run.  I would see her at the end of […]

From Our Indian Collegues: Welcome NEW GRADS !

Editor’s Note: Once again, just checking early morning news and chatter on Facebook, and a picture caught my eye…  Alok Chauhan A picture on FB of a few new perfusionists that just graduated in India (judging from the comments on the sidebar) CONGRATS guys ! 🙂 And…  In the Comments Section ….

A Discussion from Japan [ 9 ] An Adult ECMO Circuit

Facebook Thread Authored By:  Hiroyuki Kuromitsu (Hiro) Editor’s Note: Once again, just checking early morning news and chatter on Facebook, and another interesting discussion rears it’s head.  This discussion can be found on this Japanese FB group- https://www.facebook.com/groups/perfusionist.JP/ This thread was started by one of our Japanese colleagues, Hiroyuki Kuromitsu (Hiro) And… The Discussion… Any […]

Experienced CV Surgeon Looking for Position:

Please send responses privately via email: > > > Dr. William Springer Geographical Preferences Colorado Utah Montana Dallas Dubai UAE Saudi Arabia Curriculum Vitae Click images to enlarge or click HERE to view Word Document = CV (click images below to enlarge) = Training = CME = Lectures & Publications Productivity List of surgeries performed […]

The MgSO4 Shortage: Now We Know Why …

Click Image to View Drug Shortages Listed on the Site … Was it Real ? UPDATE ! Yeah …  It was. Click image to view source article … Nurse spotted mold-tainted drugs right away, hospital says By JoNel Aleccia, Senior Writer, NBC News A sharp-eyed nurse at Yale-New Haven Hospital in Connecticut is being credited […]

Perfusion Art: “Red Passion”

“Red Pasion”    _______________________Click image to enlarge Photographer:  Giuseppe Salerno, chief perfusionist, Villa Verde, Taranto – Italy Equipment:  Canon EOS Editing:  Photoshop Narrative:   Black & White with Red Accents Time & Place:    Cardiac surgery – Taranto – Italy About The Artist: A young Italian perfusionist:  Founder of the Facebook Group: Gruppo dei Perfusionisti!!!  Currently with 500 […]

We Need You ! ICHF 2013 Mission Schedule

Click image above to view post @ Babyheart.org We NEED You ! ICHF has conducted medical mission trips since the beginning of their work in 1993. Our trips have increased over the years so that now there are at least two ICHF Medical Teams every month repairing children’s hearts somewhere in the world. The year […]

Ventricular Hypertrophy & Perfusion

LVH :  Photo by:  Srinivas Rao @ Gruppo dei Perfusionisti!!! Ventricular Hypertrophy & Perfusion Subendocardial Q Determinants While subendocardial and sub-epicardial layers have the same determinants for blood flow, subendocardial layers are at greater risk from ischemia and infarction.  The deeper subendocardium is subjected to greater wall tension which then expresses as a metabolic requirement […]

Perfusion Art: “The Count”

“The Count”    ________Click image to enlarge Photographer:  Frank Aprile, BBA, LP, CCP Equipment:  Digital Editing:  Photoshop:  Cropping: Hue & Contrast adjustments. Narrative:  Somewhere in the middle of an AVR … Time & Place:   2013 About The Picture:  CCP in Texas:  Editor: Circuit Surfers: Click to Donate Click here to View Gallery Any Donations are for the […]

We Need Perfusionists ! An Interview With World Famous Pediatric Heart Surgeon- Dr. Novick

“I told them that if we did not employ a form of ECMO in the next few minutes the child would die.” Click images to enlarge … Editors Note: I first heard of Dr. Bill Novick, from interviews and dialogue with Brian Forsberg, MPH, CCP. As well, two members from our open-heart our team-  surgical […]

Perfusion Art: “Locked & Loaded”

“Locked & Loaded”    ________Click image to enlarge Photographer:  Frank Aprile, BBA, LP, CCP Equipment:  Digital Editing:  Photoshop:  Cropping: Hue & Contrast adjustments. Narrative:  Somewhere in the middle of a Benthal… Time & Place:   2013 About The Picture:  CCP in Texas:  Editor: Circuit Surfers: Click to Donate Click here to View Gallery Any Donations are for the […]

It’s In The Eyes … What Perfusionists See

Hello Kittty … 🙂 Editor’s Note: Well in the OR it’s usually from the top of the head- to the mask that we focus on when communicating with our friends and peers.  A small space from forehead to the mask is usually all we see– sometimes the mask comes off- and then we see the […]