The William Novick Cardiac Alliance: We Need Perfusionists !

The William Novick Cardiac Alliance Dear Friends, We are very pleased to announce The William Novick Global Cardiac Alliance, a new foundation formed by Dr. William Novick and the clinical and administrative staff he has mentored and shared his vision with for the past 21 years. The Novick Cardiac Alliance is committed to bringing sustainable […]

The William Novick Cardiac Alliance: We Need Perfusionists !

The William Novick Cardiac Alliance To volunteer or make an inquiry please email  Brian C. Forsberg MPH CCP. Dear Friends We are very pleased to announce The William Novick Global Cardiac Alliance, a new foundation formed by Dr. William Novick and the clinical and administrative staff he has mentored and shared his vision with for […]

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 […]

Mission Pictures from Cambodia: A Photo Essay by an Australian Perfusionist

Induction Editors Note: I received a series of wonderful pictures from a perfusionist in Australia.  They were stunning really- so I asked if there was a story behind them, as I wanted to put them in the Art Gallery- but was too intrigued by the photos themselves. So I got a response, and a very […]

Perfusion Apps- Updated

Perfusion Apps … Well now that we have that shiny new smart phone.  What do we do with it, and more importantly, how do we get ourselves to become smarter than we already are? A true conundrum in a profession where intellectual elegance is measured in terms of survival and good patient outcomes. I’m being […]

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 […]

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 […]

PERFUSIONIST: The LAYMAN’s Approach

“Perfusion is a profession that has a very low public profile. It is reputed to be one of the most stressful lines of work a person could possibly choose.“ Author / Editor: Co-Editor Anna Lou Villena 🙂 [12] According to the American Society of Extracorporeal Technology: Perfusion is a profession that has a very low […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

INTERMITTENT dose of FACT when Reality BITES

Author: Co-Editor Anna Lou Villena 🙂 [2] INTERMITTENT dose of FACT when Reality BITES Let me quote a famous drolly statement, “In the beginning, God created the Heavens and the Earth… the rest was made in China.” I am sharing our “perfusionist-friendly” and cost effective disposable blood cardioplegia delivery system set. A product of Ke […]

OR Wheels vis-à-vis STREET Wheels

At 1st Glance … Author: Co-Editor Anna Lou Villena 🙂 [1] OR Wheels vis-à-vis STREET Wheels At a single glance!—– Monotonous it may seem for some whose routine lives are just scaled on the pedestrian, but not for a few others whose perspective could align two contradicting wavelengths. September 2003, when I first stepped in […]

Circuit Surfer’s Has a New Co-Editor!

  Plz Welcome Anna Lou Villena 🙂 Anna lou Villena of the Republic of the Philippines- Working in China Editor’s Note: Anna  is a very inspired perfusionist working currently in China.  We did an interview with her a month or so ago, and the quality of her writing as well as her perspective and initiative […]

Perfusion China: Part IV: An Interview with Anna lou Villena

“Chinese medical professionals are actually interested to enhance their skills and specialization with the help of foreign doctors/professionals.” Anna lou Villena of the Republic of the Philippines- Working in China To view the ENTIRE interview series- click here … Editor’s Note: Thanks for coming back to the 4th and final part of an exceptional interview […]

Perfusion China: Part III: An Interview with Anna lou Villena

“After all, we have the same purpose –and that is to save and prolong lives.” Anna lou Villena of the Republic of the Philippines- Working in China To view the ENTIRE interview series- click here … Editor’s Note: I met Anna Lou through contacts on Facebook- I don’t have a direct link to her FB […]

Perfusion China: Part II: An Interview with Anna lou Villena

Anna lou Villena of the Republic of the Philippines- Working in China To view the ENTIRE interview series- click here … Editor’s Note: I met Anna Lou through contacts on Facebook- I don’t have a direct link to her FB profile, but it was through some other friends that I was finally able to contact […]

Perfusion China: Part I: The Asian Equation- an Interview with Anna lou Villena

Anna lou Villena of the Republic of the Philippines- Working in China To view the ENTIRE interview series- click here … Editor’s Note: I met Anna Lou through contacts on Facebook- I don’t have a direct link to her FB profile, but it was through some other friends that I was finally able to contact […]

Perfusion South Korea: An Interview with Lee Jinkwon

Lee Jinkwon of South Korea Click image to visit site Sejong general hospital was founded in 1982. In 1987, the hospital has developed an artificial heart for the first time in Korea, and transplanted it into a calf with a 45 days maintenance record (which has not yet been broken in Korea). The quality of […]

Desert Heart- ICHF in Iraq

Editors Note: I first heard of the International Children’s Heart Foundation and it’s founder and Medical Director, Dr. Bill Novick, from interviews and dialogue with Brian Forsberg, MPH, CCP. Here are some details of scope of their mission: Published on Jan 22, 2013 As US troops were ending their mission a Babyheart mission had just […]

We Made It To Z Big Time !

Perfusionist Blogger Frank Aprile of Circuitsurfers.com Interviews Dr. Novick Click images to view source article … Editors Note: I first heard of the International Children’s Heart Foundation and it’s founder and Medical Director, Dr. Bill Novick, from interviews and dialogue with Brian Forsberg, MPH, CCP. And now it seems that a recent interview with Dr. […]

Mentors & CPB

We ALL have our stories … Colleen There was a moment when I heard the words “a Zero pressure- and v-fib is INCOMPATIBLE WITH LIFE !” And she was right.  She meant it.  She meant it every single moment that you were dedicated to a pump run.  I would see her at the end of […]

We Need Perfusionists ! An Interview With World Famous Pediatric Heart Surgeon- Dr. Novick

“I told them that if we did not employ a form of ECMO in the next few minutes the child would die.” Click images to enlarge … Editors Note: I first heard of Dr. Bill Novick, from interviews and dialogue with Brian Forsberg, MPH, CCP. As well, two members from our open-heart our team-  surgical […]

Circuit Surfers is 2 Years Old !

Why?  Cuz I think cool pictures are part of our lives … 2 Years … Wow !  Never really thought it would go this long- or that it went by so fast. First of all- Thanks all of you for joining and reading.  Slowly you guys started trusting or at least enjoying the site- and […]

DextraCardia in Adult CPB

Click image to enlarge Editor’s Note: Once again, just checking early morning news and chatter on Facebook, and another interesting idea rears it’s head.  It involved a picture of a “right Sided” heart. The thread is on Giuseppe Salerno’s online Perfusion group- Gruppo dei Perfusionisti !!! It can be found by clicking here… Dextracadia and […]

From Italy [ 3 ] A FaceBook Page You NEED to Visit …

Founder of: Gruppo dei Perfusionisti !!! Editor’s Note: I met Giuseppe Salerno on Facebook after he invited me to join his online perfusion group (see above).  I left a couple of links to posts on his group page, and next thing you know- my site blew up!  I logged about 600 hits in an hour […]

Is Circuit Surfers the TMZ of Perfusion?

Saturday Morning Brunch So today’s topic is somewhat whimsical. It’s like that first gust of Spring air that passes through you, makes you pause, and just for a minute makes you feel a little more alive than you thought you were. So in that spirit of lightness, the topic question is this… Is Circuit Surfers […]

ICPB: A Stroke Window

The 1st Stroke Window … Gauging & Avoiding & Being Smart About it… Bump up the age, notice the increased cerebral vascular issues, mix in a low body weight, a little calcium (in terms of deposits- here and there), a stiffened aorta, a low hemoglobin, and perhaps a significant hemodilutional drop once on bypass, and […]

Best of Circuit Surfers : 2012

Editor’s Note: Here is a compilation of some of the best posts for the first half of 2012.  All of the posts are either informative, a glimpse into a different culture of perfusion, a preview of technology to come, or a story we can all relate to. Thank you ALL– for reading and visiting 🙂 […]

Perfusion Apps: Perfusion Tools v2

Click on image to download this App. Rating: not yet rated Likely User: CCP / MD / BSN Best Attribute: Sleek & Quick Caveat: None Developer:  Patrick Carfrey, CCP Description:  This tool provides quick and easy calculations of perioperative values such as Estimated Blood Loss. Perfect for Cardiovascular Perfusionists. Process: Just enter the following patient […]

Giuseppe Salerno : Talking With …

Founder of: Gruppo dei Perfusionisti !!! I met Giuseppe on Facebook after he invited me to join his online perfusion group (see above).  I left a couple of links to posts on his group page, and next thing you know- my site blew up!  I logged about 600 hits in an hour or so. Basically […]

Please Review My Site

I think the worst thing anybody can do… Is sit thinking they are all-that– and have it all wrapped up. Just when you think it’s all good, you find out that, that just maybe- it’s not as cute as you thought, and indeed- some polishing may be required. New and shiny only lasts so long, […]

1st Year Out… The Blog Lives …

Wow ! That’s all I can say is what a great first year we had ! A year ago I launched something- and really wasn’t sure how that was going to turn out. I wanted something different in terms what could be offered to the perfusion community, I wanted something special, untarnished, and with No […]

Media Scrum

(This is actually @ the End of the day…) An interesting day in the OR here. Every once in a while a high profile case that is deemed “media-worthy” falls into your lap. In this case it’s a charity pediatric ASD repair for a young girl from south of our southern borders. I’m a bystander […]

Yes or No ? Circuit Surfers Dot Com

And the Verdict is ? Yes it wasn’t scientific. True it was a little repetitious and the construct of a less than qualified statistician. Most likely it was self serving. But from that pile of political rubble, there is something to be gleaned. From what initially looked undecipherable, a little sparkle emerges. A hint of […]

The Good The Bad The Ugly…

Editor’s Note: I published a poll a couple of years ago, at the dawn of the ‘Surfers’ blog.  Re-reading it was fun, so I thought I would dust this post off and share reader’s perceptions of CircuitSurfers.com- BEFORE we were assimilated into the mainstream perfusion culture (LOL)…  I think that’s right anyway? = A Blast from […]

5 Month Growth Chart

A Next Generation Tool for Perfusionists … Visiting  Perfusionists Represent: 225 Cities  in 121 Countries  – + 50 States in the US & all of those Cities – Over 33,500 visits – All in  less than 6 months – This Site Has Generated : 55 employment adds 7 online resume’s 40 + Meeting adds 180 […]

Saturday Morning Brunch XI

Saturday Morning Brunch (2nd  Weekend of June) (To see all the of the Saturday Morning Brunch series click here.) Substance Overrules Form … You know what has been great about this blog? It’s Pure… (You get to look at totally  irrelevant but very cool pictures like these) It’s here for one reason and one reason […]

Are We Making Progress ?

It Seems- That These are Our Tracks … Visiting  Perfusionists Represent: 450 + Cities  in 164 Countries  – + 50 States in the US & all of those Cities – Over 205,000 visits – All in  16 months – Yeah.   We’re Starting to Walk Together… As you read below, you will see that under […]

Saturday Morning Brunch X

Peer Review Last Week of April, 2011 To see all the of the Saturday Morning Brunch series click here. Typically, Peer Review is associated with scientific publication and an established process for providing a baseline reference point by which to judge the legitimacy of research, the veracity of  a scientific point of view, and due […]

ICPB: A Stroke Window

The 1st Stroke Window … Gauging & Avoiding & Being Smart About it… Bump up the age, notice the increased cerebral vascular issues, mix in a low body weight, a little calcium (in terms of deposits- here and there), a stiffened aorta, a low hemoglobin, and perhaps a significant hemodilutional drop once on bypass, and […]