Perfusion Art: “Street_ECMO_II”

“Street_ECMO_II”    _______________________Click image to enlarge Photographer:  Dario Fichera Equipment:  Device:samsung galaxy s2 smartphone with 8 mpixel camera Editing:  None Narrative:  Dario on some sort of ECMO transport mission.  Time & Place:   2013- Italia About The Artist: I Think this says it all 🙂

No ROOM for BLIND SPOT

EXPECT the best, PLAN for the Worst and PREPARE to be surprised. Author / Editor: Co-Editor Anna Lou Villena 🙂 [8] A Perfusionist’s principle goes out for Mr. Waitley’s quote : EXPECT the best, PLAN for the Worst and PREPARE to be surprised. GEARING UP One can never EXPECT THE BEST outcome without planning ahead. […]

Perfusion Art: “Faerie Bypass”

“Faerie Bypass”    _______________________Click image to enlarge Photographer:  Dario Fichera Equipment:  Device:samsung galaxy s2 smartphone with 8 mpixel camera Editing:  None Narrative:  Circuits for every mood. Time & Place:   2013- Italia About The Artist: I Think this says it all 🙂 Click to Donate Click here to View Gallery Any Donations are for the cost and development of […]

Heart Surgery in America: Friday 10.0

Click HERE for the entire Series… Friday 10.0 A Day @ the Office:  Return to Sender… It takes a while to digest stuff- Yeah- did a heart today, and then another- first was an aortic valve replacement- second was a guy missing the last half of his right foot, who had lost his wife a […]

Perfusion Art: “A Student Teaches”

“A Student Teaches”    _______________________Click image to enlarge Photographer:  Dario Fichera Equipment:  Device:samsung galaxy s2 smartphone with 8 mpixel camera Editing:  None Narrative:  My #1 Student, teaching a new student. Time & Place:   2013 About The Artist: I Think this says it all 🙂 Click to Donate Click here to View Gallery Any Donations are for the cost […]

Heart Surgery in America: Thursday 9.0

Click HERE for the entire Series… Thursday 9.0 The Joshua Interview Question 1 Hello Joshua, this is Frank from Circuit Surfers. You contacted me via twitter regarding CircuitSurfers- and mentioned it was very innovative and that you liked it.  I saw your handle LVADone and assumed you to be a perfusionist, never actually considering to […]

Heart Surgery in America: Wednesday 8.0

Click HERE for the entire Series… Wednesday 8.0 We’re not “The Borg”… but we’re gettin’ there … The Borg are a collection of species that have been turned into cybernetic organisms functioning as drones of the Collective, or the hive. A pseudo-race, dwelling in the Star Trek universe, the Borg force other species into their […]

Heart Surgery in America: Tuesday 7.0

Click HERE for the entire Series… The Swine Flu: Day 1: In the middle of the dessert, sandwiched in the flat lands of West Texas, lies a small town that sits upon a giant aquifer. From the birds eye it is configured like a scrabble board of lights and streets perpendicular like a compass pointing […]

Heart Surgery in America: Monday 6.0

Click HERE for the entire Series… Monday 6.0 It Starts Here … Deconstructing the anatomy of an open heart  team is like reading the writing on a wall from some war memorial somewhere, remembering a lot of somebody’s, that were in a lot of battles somewhere, fighting for a lot of  something. Nothing stands out.  […]

Heart Surgery in America: Thursday 2.0

Click HERE for the entire Series… 24 Hours… of ECMO 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, and there is an empty room […]

Heart Surgery in America: Saturday 4.0

Click HERE for the entire Series… Saturday 4.0 The Aftermath The inevitable, as myocardial tissue that had been used to buttress the repair, itself became ischemic, necrosed and died. With it went the repair, and with that, the dam that had helped this man survive- failed and was now beyond the point of fixing.  We […]

Heart Surgery in America: Friday 3.2

Click HERE for the entire Series… Friday 3.2 Getting it Together You know how we all have our personal perfusion comfort zones? Cell saver in one spot, heater cooler with drug box on it, a nook for your clip board, drugs loaded a certain way?  It’s a way for us to condition ourselves in times […]

Heart Surgery in America: Friday 3.1

Click HERE for the entire Series… Friday 3.1 Not Quite Primed Some days in this field are a little gray.  Or is that grey?  not sure really, but as we have been told, perfusion is 99% boredom and 1% terror, or sheer tragedy… Well there is another part to that 1%- and it’s not terror, […]

Heart Surgery in America: Friday 3.0

Click HERE for the entire Series… Friday 3.0 Yahoos, Cowboys, & Heart Surgeons … It isn’t that you really go from one place to another. It is more likely that the second your heart screeches to a sudden splat at 2:37 in the morning, the result of a storm you had no idea was brewing […]

Heart Surgery in America: Wednesday 1.4

Click HERE for the entire Series… 24 Hours… of ECMO Wednesday 1.3 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 to the forefront. What was […]

Tunnel Vision

Causes Extreme fear or distress, most often in the context of a panic attack. During periods of high adrenaline production, such as an intense physical fight. Altitude sickness, hypoxia in passenger aircraft Exposure to oxygen at a partial pressure above 1.5-2 atmospheres, producing central nervous system oxygen toxicity, notably while diving.  Other symptoms can include […]

A Blast from the Past ! Perfusion 1995

Editor’s Note: In 1995: There was no ECECT meeting yet European Certificate in Cardiovascular Perfusion was a year away Standards of Practice in Clinical Perfusion in Australasia were two years away Perflist was just beginning under Sue Boetcher’s pioneering mantle- Perfusion dot com was becoming a reality (Bryan Lich was about to profoundly change perfusion […]

Perfusion Connections 101: Italy Meets India

Editors Note: I got this picture from from my overseas friend, Dario Fichera, an Italian perfusionist that is very involved in the international perfusion community. (Dario has been involved in perfusion mission work to Africa .) He is with another friend who looms very prominently in the Indian perfusion community- Bijender Singh Bali. Both were […]

Perfusion Art: “Bentall Sketch”

“Bentall Sketch”    ________Click image to enlarge Photographer:  Kertész Róbert Equipment:  Digital Editing:  Undetermined Narrative: Obviously a cool filter was used… Time & Place:   2013 Hungary About The Picture:  Bentall procedure 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, […]

REALITY CHECK for THRESHOLD Countries

Author / Editor: Co-Editor Anna Lou Villena 🙂 [7] Let me go back to one of the questions in my interview with Circuit Surfers: Q. 11:  Is preventive medicine more prevalent in Asia than in the West? In my opinion, the prevalence of preventive medicine depends on the countries’ economical stability and governance because this […]

Experienced Perfusionist Seeking Position

“Looking to relocate preferably to Indiana, Chicago, Wisconsin, and/or Michigan area.” [30] Certified Clinical Perfusionist 3-4 years experience Looking to relocate preferably to Indiana, Chicago, Wisconsin, and/or Michigan area. Knowledgeable and experienced with most surgical procedures but not limited to: Bypass, valves, Minimally invasive, ECMO, Autotranfusion, Platelet gel, VADS Contact this person privately at 0428luvperfusion@gmail.com Kindest Regards Professional Details […]

A NEW ‘Surfers Editor: Welcome Mr. Whitt Behr !

Editors Note: I know this guy personally- tough dude, and on the front end of serious amazing potential as a perfusionist. He is an associate editor for a reason.  Smart, well reasoned, meticulous, and he cares.  Probably the best reason was the last one I wrote. Well this is the last time I will write […]

A Letter to ‘Surfers : How do you do WHAT yOU do ?

Editor’s Note: This was a significant comment made when I first started ‘Surfers. = Teutonic, I don’t know how you guys can do what you do. When I heard some of the stories told by the wife of my bypass friend, of how she frequented the hospital every day and ranted and raved and assaulted […]

Adrenaline Rush … The Aftermath

Author: Co-Editor Anna Lou Villena 🙂 [6]   = The photo was taken with consent from our patient, Mr. Zou. He underwent a 4V CABG and 6 hours after an uneventful surgery, a sudden dilemma happened in ICU that prompted the team to have an emergency IAB insertion and re-operation. That Friday Madness thing was […]

Perfusion Art: “An ECC Sketch”

“An ECC Sketch”    ________Click image to enlarge Photographer:  Kertész Róbert Equipment:  Digital Editing:  Undetermined Narrative: Obviously a cool filter was used… Time & Place:   2013 Hungary About The Picture:  ECC 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, […]

A Friday Madness Adrenaline Rush !

Author: Co-Editor Anna Lou Villena 🙂 [5] =             Just sharing my FRIDAY MADNESS anecdote. I should say the test of a Perfusionist’s character- we have been engaged almost every day of the stressors in our workplace but in reality our job is the stressor per se. However, this depends on how you will be […]

Career Perfusionist [17] Perfusion Links…

Editor’s Note: I was reading online at the ANZP website, and came across their Links section.  I had seen it before and was impressed at the thoroughness and organization of the information, so I thought I would share it with the rest of our colleagues in the perfusion universe. It’s pretty handy and impressive. Thank […]

Heart Surgery in America: Wednesday 1.3

Click HERE for the entire Series… 24 Hours… of ECMO Wednesday 1.1 @ 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 for the long haul. Typical “nesting” behavior…  […]

Cerebral Oximetry: FORE-SIGHT versus Hindsight

Click Image to view corporate site. Editor’s Note: I have used BIS monitoring forever, and have always found it a very valuable tool. So recently I get an email from a guy named Eric Sughrue, and some stuff about the FORE-SIGHT cerebral oximeter. At first I wasn’t that interested, but he was exceptionally polite, professional, […]

Heart Surgery in America: Wednesday 1.2

Click HERE for the entire Series… Editor’s Note: This piece was written by Ms. Weng Puno-Baldeo, a perfusionist in the Philippines. Going to a battle unarmed, clueless and unprepared- Yes that’s me. I entered the world of perfusion by chance. Last 2011, I was offered a training in perfusion at the Philippine Heart Center while […]

Heart Surgery in America: Wednesday 1.1

Click HERE for the entire Series… 24 Hours… of ECMO 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 of the goal… If you are in […]

Heart Surgery in America: Wednesday 1.0

Click HERE for the entire Series… Day 1 Just one of those days.  Nothing scary on the horizon- and our desert world is getting watered 🙂 Loaded for Bear Torrential ?  Maybe not- but you never know when there will be some blood loss to be dealt with … One of those AAA cases with […]

Babies Deserve More Than One Day of Life

“I told them that if we did not employ a form of ECMO in the next few minutes the child would die.” Editor’s Note: This post impressed me quite a bit, so thank you Dr. Novick, and Brian Forsberg, for doing what you guys do out there in Iraq right now-  very impressive work and personal […]