Bar Graphs & Blood Banks…

“Red cell transfusion rates for CPB patients are the highest and most variable amongst all surgical patients.” Editor’s Note: This discussion comes up so often, it borders on the ridiculous- because there has never really been any closure or academic consensus regarding transfusion thresholds- and the point at which we decide we are “going to […]

Perfusion Art: “The Gym”

Editor’s Note: I took this picture (and a couple of others below-) of a vast room attached to the OR, that houses all of the extra equipment not used on a routine basis.  It reminded me of a museum filled with slumbering beasts waiting to be beckoned.  It is appropriately named “the Gym” by the […]

Nobody’s looking for ATM CARDS when they show up to help.

Editor’s Note: Revisiting a few of the comments section remarks from the first interactive blog post on Circuit Surfers- there were some thought provoking questions presented by non-perfusionists that when revisited, I felt I should highlight so that they don’t get lost in the mix, and just might hammer down some recognition on our part of how […]

IABP 101: Preparation and Insertion

Bill– showing us the guidewire and dilator coming together… Editors Note: This is a three part series- “IABP 101” designed to simply refresh or introduce the basic concepts of applying diastolic augmentation for the high risk cardiac patient.  Again, some of the concepts here will seem to be fairly rudimentary for a seasoned perfusionist, but […]

IABP 101: Refresher FAQ

Editors Note: This is a three part series- “IABP 101” designed to simply refresh or introduce the basic concepts of applying diastolic augmentation for the high risk cardiac patient.  Again, some of the concepts here will seem to be fairly rudimentary for a seasoned perfusionist, but if it’s your first day in a perfusion program- […]

Customizing Your ECC

Editor’s Note: At some point in time, we have all had (or will have) the opportunity to customize our pump packs (ECC) in order to make them more efficient, adjust or integrate to new techniques, reduce cost, adjust to new clinical expectations from the surgeon, or minimize priming volume. So today, that was exactly what […]