“The Red Cell Highway: An Inside Look at Heart Surgery in America”

Editor’s Note: This book is halfway written, It is a rendering of the reality, sometimes sad and at times funny, emotional, and clinical vignettes of the many different aspects relating to open heart surgery- from the perspective of a perfusionist. This book is a commentary not only on the intricacies of heart surgery, but openly […]

A Locum’s ScrapBook: TEAMING UP in Southern Indiana

Editor’s Note: To view the entire “Locum’s ScrapBook” series- click here My life is Family First and then Perfusion.  I switched from staff perfusionist to becoming a Locum’s traveler to make sure my kids and family would have a solid place to call home.  I travel because it puts me in charge of my life, it […]

A Locum’s ScrapBook: 2 Amigos & a Bag

Editor’s Note: To view the entire “Locum’s ScrapBook” series- click here My life is Family First and then Perfusion.  I switched from staff perfusionist to becoming a Locum’s traveler to make sure my kids and family would have a solid place to call home.  I travel because it puts me in charge of my life, it […]

A Locum’s ScrapBook: Finding Mimo…

Editor’s Note: To view the entire “Locum’s ScrapBook” series- click here My life is Family First and then Perfusion.  I switched from staff perfusionist to becoming a Locum’s traveler to make sure my kids and family would have a solid place to call home.  I travel because it puts me in charge of my life, it […]

A Locum’s ScrapBook: 49 & 50

Editor’s Note: In the middle of this month,  January 2017, I had the privilege of visiting and assisting three teams in the Midwest, representing an institution I have been at previously several times, and then a new venture a little further South, that implies two more clinical sites adding to the sum of hospitals I have pumped at during my […]

A Locum’s ScrapBook: Friday Night Lights

Fading out… 5 days left here and i’m becoming a memory 🙂 Editor’s Note: To view the entire “Locum’s ScrapBook” series- click here My life is Family First and then Perfusion.  I switched from staff perfusionist to becoming a Locum’s traveler to make sure my kids and family would have a solid place to call home. […]

A Locums’ ScrapBook: “You Doin’ Alright” vs “Yeah-Yeah-Yeah”

              Editor’s Note: To view the entire “Locum’s ScrapBook” series- click here My life is Family First and then Perfusion.  I switched from staff perfusionist to becoming a Locum’s traveler to make sure my kids and family would have a solid place to call home.  I travel because it puts […]

A Locum’s ScrapBook: A Cool ECC Modification

“These shunts were put in place to allow for passive recirculation of the Qust MPS Microplegia system, so that an unexpected negative pressure will NOT deprime the MPS system.” Editor’s Note: To view the entire “Locum’s ScrapBook” series- click here My life is Family First and then Perfusion.  I switched from staff perfusionist to becoming a […]

A Locum’s ScrapBook: Hospital 47

“Some programs were completely solo, others very very fast and dynamic. this one is in between those extremes, and looks like a very friendly and pleasant environment.” On Deck- Editor’s Note: To view the entire “Locum’s ScrapBook” series- click here My life is Family First and then Perfusion.  I switched from staff perfusionist to becoming a […]

A Locum’s ScrapBook: Sometimes… The Bear Gets YOU…

“The simple fact that a centrifugal hand-crank is in the room, does not at all satisfy the “yes” box in the checklist” Editor’s Note: Just when you get to the comfort zone of thinking “you are pretty good”? You find out you’re pretty NOT! But don’t get knocked down and NOT get back up.  Shit […]

A Locums ScrapBook: A Day in the Life…

“I joked with the crew, and said, we are in the land of the Paramedics, cuz that’s pretty much all you could see.” Editor’s Note: To view the entire “Locum’s ScrapBook” series- click here I’m doing some perfusion traveling as I am taking my show on the road.  As such, every once in awhile I […]

A Locum’s Scrapbook: The ULTIMATE Body Art…

“Heart surgery is the ultimate form of body art- no question about it…” 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 […]

A Locum’s ScrapBook: Stretched Thin- But Hangin’ In…

“Equally paramount is the frustrations of the surgeons, that are viewing you as a “patch” to fix a bad water leak- and that the quality of that “patch” is as of yet undefined, untested, unproven…” Editor’s Note: I’m doing some perfusion traveling as I am taking my show on the road.  As such, every once […]

A Locum’s ScrapBook: Ports in the Heart-Land

“It’s a program on the rise, as opposed to the matrix of rural or smaller programs out there, that do the meat-and-potatos, day in and day out heart surgery cases, mostly uncomplicated, that so many of us have become seduced by and have taken for granted over the years.” Editor’s Note: I’m doing some perfusion traveling as I am […]

A locum’s Scrap Book: The Haze in the Maze

“When we dream- “perfusion dreams” I think it is a subconscious attempt to deal with latent or buried (perhaps unrecognized) insecurities or issues we have in front of us.” Editor’s Note: When we dream- “perfusion dreams” I think it is a subconscious attempt to deal with latent or buried (perhaps unrecognized) insecurities or issues we have in […]

A Locum’s ScrapBook: Decompressing

Our initials: Carved into the tower exactly 11 years ago when we first met… 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 […]

A Locum’s ScrapBook: Sometimes Ya Gotta Explore…

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 […]

A Locum’s ScrapBook: A Paradigm Shift- The Venous Reservoir Bag

A Venous Reservoir Bag System 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 […]

A Locum’s ScrapBook: Away From the OR

The 1st Saturday on Call 🙂 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 […]

A Locum’s ScrapBook: New Hallways…

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 […]

A Locum’s ScrapBook: How to Survive the Mayan Calander

Nadia Azuero, B.S., CCP, LP Editor’s Note: About The Author:     Nadia  has been a perfusionist for quite some time, and is a very active contributor here at Circuit Surfers. She is very talented, precise, and obviously committed to delivering extraordinary care to her patients. Nadia is currently practicing as a Solo Perfusion Contractor. To […]

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 […]

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 […]

A Locum’s ScrapBook: “How Did I Get Here?”

Part 1 of a series Editor’s Note: This section and series is dedicated to the few of us that do locums perfusion and choose it for whatever reasons. Although I have taken a theme of the Nomad to emphasize some of the superficial aspects of Locums Tenons work in the field of perfusion, the pictures […]