The IABP: “Say Hello to our Leettle Friend…”

Increased Afterload Editor’s Note: Although the distance between Perfusion and IABP’s has increased over the years due to smarter consoles, auto-timing features, training of Nursing and Cardiac Cath lab personnel, every once in awhile you find yourself at a clinical site that relies more heavily on perfusionists as a resource for Intra-aortic Balloon Pump therapy. So […]

Perfusion Life: Why We Do This

Editor’s Note: I do a lot of “why we do this” posts, not because it is rhetorical or thought provoking, but because we as a profession are pioneers as well.  In the past 40 years, the technological achievements in cardiac medicine defy belief at times, in that we have come so far- so very quickly. […]

Seeking Job Shadow in Chicago or Northern Indiana

Editor’s Note: Hello Chicago, and Northern Indiana! We have a prospective student looking for an opportunity to explore our profession- and yes she needs someone to shadow.  Any takers? Email Miranda Stumbo if you can make this happen 🙂 Thanks Frank Hello Circuit Surfers team, I am currently studying Biology and Neuroscience for my undergrad […]

Malignant Hyperthermia v.2.0

Editor’s Note: Just a brief primer on Malignant Hyperthermia, should the need ever arise to place a patient on CPB who has been diagnosed with this condition. It is an unusual co-morbidity and should be approached and treated with an abundance of clinical respect and caution.  Any insight or recommendations from readers would be greatly […]

Starting Your Impella Program: 101

Editor’s Note: I was talking to a fellow colleague, Renee- and we were discussing the different steps associated with implementing an Impella program into the cardiovascular program where she is chief.  The obvious immediate issues are training, staff education, doing the prerequisite number of cases prior to becoming a certified site for this technology, and […]