The Paradigm Shift of the Innocent Minds

“There is innocence in admiration and it occurs to those who have not yet realized that they might one day be admired.” Author / Editor: Co-Editor Anna Lou Villena 🙂 [16] Making the perfusion arena known to the innocent minds of the 5th graders from Changchun American International School was challenging and yet turned out […]

Pumping Down in Hybrid !

” Proper collaboration and teamwork among cardiothoracic surgeon and anesthesiologist, cardiologist, perfusionist, technician and nurses are very much essential for a successful functioning of a hybrid operating room.” Author / Editor: Co-Editor Anna Lou Villena 🙂 [15] Unexpectedly as it was ordered “STAT” (from the Latin word STATIM = immediately), the Heart Lung Machine was […]

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Chillin’ With Your Team

This is what the patients see when they’re looking up from the OR bed. 🙂 Editor’s Note: Not all things “Heart Team” involve an operating room environment.  To be effective you kinda have to actually like each other.  That to me is one of the the strongest pillars of team work and clinical excellence. You […]

Team China !

“The Perfusionist, as one of the key players in the cardiac surgical team, must not only possess the passion of work, but most importantly imbibe a dynamic collaboration and interaction among cardiac professionals within the team.” Author / Editor: Co-Editor Anna Lou Villena 🙂 [14] In the ambit of Cardiac surgery, various studies were conducted […]

TIME OUT…

“Their innocence will keep on reminding me of a humble beginning despite the sophisticated Perfusion arena and that everything should be sliced down to the ESSENTIALS of LIFE.” Author / Editor: Co-Editor Anna Lou Villena 🙂 [13] At the spur of the moment, I was again driven by Frank’s – BACK to Basic! They are […]

Up Close With Perfusion in China

“Impeccable timing is very important to approach a person especially if you are aiming to break the wall of intimidation and aloofness brought by language diversity.” Author / Editor: Co-Editor Anna Lou Villena 🙂 [11] Impeccable timing is very important to approach a person especially if you are aiming to break the wall of intimidation […]

A Marvelous VAD Presentation from China

For every ACTION, there is an EQUAL and OPPOSITE REACTION. This theory impacts life’s varied circumstances, the CAUSE and EFFECT implication… Author / Editor: Co-Editor Anna Lou Villena 🙂 [10] Editor’s Note: This is an extraordinary PowerPoint presentation regarding VAD technology.  It is an eye-opener and definitely well worth viewing. Click image above to view […]

Newton’s Theory

For every ACTION, there is an EQUAL and OPPOSITE REACTION. This theory impacts life’s varied circumstances, the CAUSE and EFFECT implication… Author / Editor: Co-Editor Anna Lou Villena 🙂 [9] From the cascade of events, I found myself in a retrospective mood and thought about the fundamentals of science which I learned during primary years- […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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…  […]

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 […]

Around the (Distant) Pump Room by Martin Gill, CCP.

An AMAZING Perfusion Publication ! (Contact Martin on how to Subscribe) Media Journalism by… Martin Gill: Perfusionist Editor (former), ANCZP Gazette email for subscription: martin.gill@health.nsw.gov.au (Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney Australia) Editor’s Note: Martin Gill is a gifted writer and supporter of perfusion international relations and improving perfusion practice- wherever it may be. He has […]

The RING matters

Insert Author: Co-Editor Anna Lou Villena 🙂 [3] = = Essentially, a variety of RING matters. May it be symbolic, just as the wedding ring that married couple tucked in their finger or a clinging geographic phrase “Ring of Fire”, located in the basin of the Pacific ocean where a number of earthquakes and volcanic […]