A Locum’s ScrapBook: “I’ve Got The Lung!”

Editor’s Note: I’m doing some perfusion traveling as I am taking my show on the road.  As such, every once in awhile I will be dropping a few notes and pictures of places visited, and observations made.  In a sense, the beginning of a scrap book on Open Heart Surgery in America (and other places […]

The Nepal Earthquake: Can Perfusionists Help?

    Editor’s Note: I spared the worst pictures, with so much tragedy in Nepal- all I can ask is how we as a community can help.  I know there are many many GoFundMe’s and what not- but in this case perhaps we as a perfusion community can reach out and help one of our […]

Perfusion CQI: Failed Heat Seal on Recirc Line Connection

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: “Shrink-Wrapped Alaska”

“Shrink-Wrapped Alaska“ ___ __Click image to enlarge- Photographer:  Frank Aprile, BBA, LP, CCP Equipment:  Digital:   iPhone 5s Editing:  By ‘Surfers: Narrative:  This is Allison, a CRNA student down from Alaska to get a cardiac rotation here in Southeast Texas.  She stands behind a translucent anesthesia barrier separating her from the sterile field.  Heading back up North […]

Angiomax: Use and Dosing Regimen

Editor’s Note: The use of alternatives to heparin in terms of managing anicoagulation doesn’t come up often.  So many of us get a bit rusty when it comes to using exotic agents such as Ancrod (Hirudin), Angiomax and similar agents. So here is a brief refresher, and as always- a disclaimer here:  Use this information […]

Perfusion Art: “The Stanley Cup!”

“The Stanley Cup!“ ___ __Click image to enlarge- Photographer:  Unknown Equipment:  Digital: Editing:  By ‘Surfers: Narrative:  I saw this picture on FB but forgot to note the photographer (plz contact me so I can credit you):  Anyway- For some reason, it just reminded me of the Stanley Cup Hockey trophy- so that’s where the name comes […]

Perfusion Fixes: Getting the Kinks Out!

Editor’s Note: One of the things I enjoy the most, is coming up with solutions to problems as they arise. This is a new section highlighting one the perfusionists’ greatest strengths and assets:  The ability to innovate and come up with solutions to environmental obstacles.  It’s called “thinking OUTSIDE the box”  🙂  If you would […]

Perfusion Art: “The Unknown Soldier”

“The Unknown Soldier“ ___ __Click image to enlarge- Photographer:  Frank Aprile, BBA, LP, CCP Equipment:  Digital:   iPhone 5s Editing:  By ‘Surfers: Narrative:  Not really sure what was going on with the boots left by the wall- and surgical booties on them.  Was the mission over? Time & Place:  2015 Texas

Failed Hemonconcentrator: International CQI

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: The Sentinel

“The Sentinel“ _____ Photographer:  Unknown Equipment:  Digital Editing:  Photoshop:  Contrast Elements:  Cropping Narrative:   A remarkably vital part of the ECC- this is the stopgap for air entering the system, as well as a gatekeeper controlling flow direction Time & Place:  FB contribution About The Artist:  Unknown

Cairo, Egypt: Case Study: AVR with Antiphospholipid Syndrome

Editor’s Note: I saw this post of Ramy’s FB page (or maybe one of the perfusion groups on FB) and reached out to Ramy to submit this as a case study.  He has graciously forwarded the case study and I thank you Ramy. Feel free to leave comments in the comments section- Happy Saturday 🙂 […]

Experienced Perfusionist: Seeking Locums Work in South and Midwest

Certified Clinical Perfusionist very experienced Knowledgeable and experienced with most surgical procedures but not limited to: Adult Cardiopulmonary Bypass, Valves, Complex Arches Minimally invasive, ECMO, IABP, Monitoring, Autotranfusion, Platelet gel, VADS Contact this person privately at ecclog@gmail.com Kindest Regards Professional Details Experience in all aspects of perfusion Bachelors Degree Licensures: Texas, Arkansas, ABCP, BLS and CPR, Current TB. Professional and Personal […]

A Locum’s ScrapBook: Prepping 101

Editor’s Note: Locums Tenens is defined as: Locum tenens, roughly translated from Latin, means “to hold a place.” Locum tenens perfusionists fill in for other perfusionists on a temporary basis for a range of a few days to up to six months or more. When a healthcare employer faces temporary staffing shortages due to vacancies, illness, or […]

A Locum’s ScrapBook: Getting Started

Editor’s Note: Locums Tenens is defined as: Locum tenens, roughly translated from Latin, means “to hold a place.” Locum tenens perfusionists fill in for other perfusionists on a temporary basis for a range of a few days to up to six months or more. When a healthcare employer faces temporary staffing shortages due to vacancies, illness, or […]