From Our Colleagues in Azerbaijan: Pulmonary Endarterctomy

Editor’s Note: I got an email from a colleague that has been a friend and supporter of Circuit Surfers for the past 6 years or so, Mr.Cuneyt iImamoglu.  I included a little extra information below the body of his article and wish to thank and compliment his team for their tremendous accomplishment! Good Luck and […]

Novick Cardiac Alliance is happy to announce our return to building pediatric open heart programs in Iraq!

Click image above to visit this website Editor’s Note: I have been in contact with Dr. Novick, and Brian Forsberg LP, CCP, MPH, for almost the entire tenure of the Circuit Surfers blog.  I am impressed that our approaches and goals are so similarly tuned, and have always believed in what they (and this blog) stand […]

From Turkey: Type II Aortic Dissection

Editor’s Note:  I was cruising through FB this morning, before watching Purdue play college football today (another “W” for the other team) when my friend Mehmet Çetintaş tagged me with this post on a type II aortic dissection in which antegrade cerebral protection was employed.  I included a roughly translated thread attached to this picture to […]

From Istanbul: Heart Art…

Editor’s Note: Just taking a moment to share a moment- happened to see this on FB- and after seeing a quick ECMO article- went to the source- and found this Turkish FB site: Kartal Koşuyolu Kalp Hastanesi Hospital   Address Denizer Caddesi Cevizli Kavşağı No: 2Cevizli / Kartal İSTANBUL 72000 Kartal, İstanbul Phone +90 216 […]

From Italia: The 7 cm BEAST!

Editor’s Note: I was on my good friend Giuseppe Salerno’s FB group (Gruppo dei Perfusionisti!!!), when a post he put up caught my eye.  Now I have seen some massive aortic aneurysms before, but G (I call him G for Giuseppe) keeps coming up with these massive beasts that look like a scene from the movie “Aliens” (the […]

How Far do We Reach? Say Hello To Bursa…

Editor’s Note: This photo captured my imagination.  On many levels… It speaks to me because it shows the human spirit for what it truly is- and suggests that life is truly the grandest of adventures- thus well worth preserving (that’s what WE do). Bursa is in Turkey- it is NOT a sac of synovial fluid […]

Heart Team Philippines: To The Mountain Top!

TIWALA Editor’s Note: I saw the series of photos you are about to see (below) and was struck by their beauty, the spirit behind the climb, and the sense of comradarie they conveyed. Weng has been a huge supporter of “Surfers since it’s inception, and when we met- she had just graduated.  Since then she […]

An ECMO in OMAN: FB Discussion

Editor’s Note: I saw this discussion on the Perfusion.com Group FB page, and thought it merited a post here on ‘Surfes– to demonstrate how effective new media communication can be in real time. Please feel free to add to the discussion 🙂 Frank = Saleh Al Harthy Yesterday at 9:36am · Al Amarat, Oman – […]

The Nepal Earthquake: Can Perfusionists Help?

    Editor’s Note: I spared the worst pictures, with so much tragedy in Nepal- all I can ask is how we as a community can help.  I know there are many many GoFundMe’s and what not- but in this case perhaps we as a perfusion community can reach out and help one of our […]

Heart-To-Heart: International Perfusion Missions

Editor’s Note: Other world perfusion is something I think I missed out on.  Can’t call it 3rd world- because it is after all OUR world. There is something exotically exciting about becoming involved in a mission- in a new and different country- and making such a huge difference to people you would otherwise never have met […]

Perfusion Iraq: Night Lights

Editor’s Note: Found this enlightening (no pun) innovation on the perfusion.com FB page. Submitted by:  Ahmed G. Sarfan Local machine light When we loss the support, we should go on.. Local HLM light designed by local Nasiriyah Heart Center team. Very nice 🙂

Perfusion IRAQ: Hussein Najim

“For the situation in my country made me a man in every sense and I was able to achieve what you dreamed it despite the difficult circumstances in which we live. I wish to live in peace.” Click to enlarge.  An amazing photo 🙂 Editors ‘Note: I have followed Hussein Najim’s FB page for a […]

The BEST of the BEST: ‘Surfers 2014

(Click on any images below to read associated article)  Editor’s Note: 2014 was a break out year for Circuit Surfers.  with roughly 130,000 visits and increasing our readership significantly- we have become a comfortable and diverse on-line meeting site for perfusionists from all over the globe to visit and interact. Thank you for your support […]

2015 : A Perfusion Flash Mob

Editor’s Note: I have been doing this for 4 years now, and am astonished to see the outpouring of community spirit by perfusionists from all over the globe.  We used to not know each other :).  It reminded me a bit of a flash mob. A flash mob (or flashmob) is a group of people who […]

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 […]

A Tale of 2 Countries: The Cost of My Mother’s Cardiac Care in the United States and India

Click image to view source article Editor’s Note: Acknowledgments to the listed below author below, as well as my Indian friend Bijender Singh Bali who led me to this link on FB 🙂 A Tale of 2 Countries: The Cost of My Mother’s Cardiac Care in the United States and India = Sowmya R. Rao, PhD⇑ […]

EBOLA: Protective Gear: How to AVOID Contamination

Click image to view article Editor’s Note: As healthcare professionals, even though we are unlikely to come into direct contact with ebola patients, it is nevertheless incumbent upon us to at least be slightly prepared. Our environmental awareness regarding our surroundings and contamination issues (sterile technique etc-), is much more refined than most other specialties in […]

EBOLA: Facts NOT Myths – A brief primer for all of us

Click image to view article Editor’s Note: As healthcare professionals, even though we are unlikely to come into direct contact with ebola patients, it is nevertheless incumbent upon us to at least be slightly prepared. Our environmental awareness regarding our surroundings and contamination issues (sterile technique etc-), is much more refined than most other specialties in […]

EBOLA: For Ebola caregivers, enormous fear, risk and bravery

  Click image to view article Editor’s Note: As healthcare professionals, even though we are unlikely to come into direct contact with ebola patients, it is nevertheless incumbent upon us to at least be slightly prepared. Our environmental awareness regarding our surroundings and contamination issues (sterile technique etc-), is much more refined than most other specialties […]

EBOLA: Our environmental awareness regarding our surroundings

Click image to view article Editor’s Note: As healthcare professionals, even though we are unlikely to come into direct contact with ebola patients, it is nevertheless incumbent upon us to at least be slightly prepared. Our environmental awareness regarding our surroundings and contamination issues (sterile technique etc-), is much more refined than most other specialties in […]

Letters from a Perfusionist in Germany: Coming to America…

Editor’s Note: Hi Guys, I got this letter from a perfusionist in Germany. I don’t know if the ABCP recognizes Perfusion Certification from Europe.  I guess the question is- can he sit for the ABCP boards? Hi Frank, hope u can help.. i want to immigrate to the states after i finish my Master degree […]

A WORLD of Perfusionists…

– EACH dot- Represents a city that has visited CircuitSurfers 🙂 Established On :  2 / 20 / 2011 Owner & President:  Frank Aprile, BBA, LP, CCP Passing 405,000 + Visits… 194 countries and 450 + CV programs visit and contribute here. 965 Face Book Friends Readership Outreach:  10 Face Book Perfusion Group Memberships https://www.facebook.com/groups/perfusione.ita/  Italian […]

Heart Surgery in the PI: My Pump Support Drama

The Republic of the Philippines. Heart Surgery in the PI: The Republic of the Philippines Click image to view Weng’s FB page… My Pump Support Drama By Weng Puno-Baldeo = it was just a regular day in the o.r. after a vsd case the team dismantled the hlm, charged all the supplies used and preparing a […]

The First Ever Artificial Heart Transplantation in Azerbaijan

Editor’s Note: A FB friend and colleague of mine, Cuneyt Imamoglu, from Baku, Azerbaijan, shared the story below of the ground breaking procedure performed for the first time in Azerbaijan. Cuneyt is very active on-line promoting perfusion dialogue and education. Thank you for sharing this Cuneyt 🙂 Frank   The first ever artificial heart transplantation […]

A Question for European Perfusionists: Germany in Particular

Editor’s Note I got this message on FB today.  Any German perfusionists want to answer this question for the young gentleman from Egypt? Hello, My name is Ramy Farid. I’m from Egypt and I’m graduated from the faculty of science biology department And I have egyption fellowship in perfusion of cardiopulmonary bypass For 2 years […]

Perfusion Art: “Panorama”

“Panorama”___________________________   Click image to enlarge Photographer:  Paulo Franco, CCP Equipment:  Digital, Iphone 5 Editing:  Panorama app Narrative:  this foto, it was taken yesterday during a Frozen Elefant Trunk procedure in Lisbon, Portugal Time & Place:   Our institution is Hospital de Santa Marta, Centro Hospitalar de Lisboa Central, EPE. Comments: Helo, I don’t know if you’re interested […]

Heart Surgery in India: “I Tied My Turban Myself”

Editor’s Note: This is a story written by an Indian cv surgeon I have written to on FB. It has a “Lawrence of Arabia” feel to it, and I enjoyed reading it very much- Thank you sir for the time and effort to share this tale 🙂 Dr. Harinder Singh Bedi  MCh,FIACS (Gold Medallist) Head […]

From Our Perfusion Friends in Iraq

Editor’s Note: Hussein Najim Perfusionist This is a perfusionist in Iraq that trained and worked with Brian Forsberg, MS, CCP (working with ICHF). I see him on FB once in awhile- he is always kind and in good spirits.  So enjoy the picture and realize that we are truly blessed – each in our own […]

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 […]

Heart Surgery in Pakistan: An Interview with Abdul Qadeer Khan

Pakistan. Editor’s Note: This is part 1 of an introduction from Abdul Qadeer Khan, and his experiences as a perfusionist in Pakistan.  It is a very nice, well written letter and I want to thank you personally Mr. Khan, for you kindness and the time you took to share this with the rest of us […]

JASECT 2014: A Japanese Perfusion Art Gallery

Click to view image Editor’s Note: I sent out a post on FB to get more people from the international perfusion community- to consider participating in the perfusion art gallery.  Here is one response: Dear Mr. Frank Aprile Please find attached a picture. This picture was taken by Takuma Douguchi. Please let me know if […]

Diversity- Thy Name is ‘Surfers …

Close to 3 Years ago…  We looked a bit like this… = Now, We are starting to look a little more like this. Editor’s Note: I was thinking today about international perfusion awareness and how new media (blogs, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, StumbleUpon) has played a role in terms of the entire global perfusion community […]

Perfusion Turkey: A Collage from Kosuyolu Hospital, Istanbul.

A Perfusion Conference, Turkey Editor’s Note: I was on FB and got a message from Mehmet Çetintaş, a Turkish perfusionist that I have seen online for quite awhile.  He asked me to post some pictures he took of his life as a perfusionist in Istanbul Turkey. By his count they perform (or have performed) : 142 […]

Perfusion Life: Our Similarities in Malaysia …

Click on image above to visit Malaysian Pefrusion Group FB page… Editor’s Note: I was surfing some Perfusion FB groups, and I came upon the pictures below and a post from a Malaysian perfusionist. The FB perfusion group is named Malaysian Perfusionist, and it has 95 members. It is another example of how similar our […]

ICHF: Healing Hearts in Honduras

Click image to view this article. Editors Note: I have had the pleasure of getting to know Brian C. Forsberg MPH CCP, the team of ICHF, and interviewing Dr. Bill Novick over that past couple of years.  The “BabyHeart” blog is in my opinion, a very well written and insightful effort that brings us to […]

ICHF: Hope Renewed

Click image to view this article. Editors Note: I have had the pleasure of getting to know Brian C. Forsberg MPH CCP, the team of ICHF, and interviewing Dr. Bill Novick over that past couple of years.  The “BabyHeart” blog is in my opinion, a very well written and insightful effort that brings us to […]

Letters To ‘Surfers: From China: Pediatric Priming Solutions ?

(Click Image to Enlarge) Editor’s Note: I got this question regarding pediatric priming protocols from a perfusionist in China. My pediatric experience is limited to ECMO- so I defer to the more experienced pediatric perfusionists out there to help formulate an informed response 🙂 Leave your answers or suggestions in the “Comments” section plz? Frank […]

Art from Japan [ 10 ] JASECT

Click to view image Editor’s Note: I sent out a post on FB to get more people from the international perfusion community- to consider participating in the perfusion art gallery.  Here is one response: Dear Mr. Frank Aprile Please find attached a picture. This picture was taken by Takuma Douguchi. Please let me know if […]

A Blast from the Past ! Perfusion 1995

Editor’s Note: In 1995: There was no ECECT meeting yet European Certificate in Cardiovascular Perfusion was a year away Standards of Practice in Clinical Perfusion in Australasia were two years away Perflist was just beginning under Sue Boetcher’s pioneering mantle- Perfusion dot com was becoming a reality (Bryan Lich was about to profoundly change perfusion […]

Perfusion Connections 101: Italy Meets India

Editors Note: I got this picture from from my overseas friend, Dario Fichera, an Italian perfusionist that is very involved in the international perfusion community. (Dario has been involved in perfusion mission work to Africa .) He is with another friend who looms very prominently in the Indian perfusion community- Bijender Singh Bali. Both were […]

Career Perfusionist [17] Perfusion Links…

Editor’s Note: I was reading online at the ANZP website, and came across their Links section.  I had seen it before and was impressed at the thoroughness and organization of the information, so I thought I would share it with the rest of our colleagues in the perfusion universe. It’s pretty handy and impressive. Thank […]

Babies Deserve More Than One Day of Life

“I told them that if we did not employ a form of ECMO in the next few minutes the child would die.” Editor’s Note: This post impressed me quite a bit, so thank you Dr. Novick, and Brian Forsberg, for doing what you guys do out there in Iraq right now-  very impressive work and personal […]

1st Jilin Heart Academy Workshop in China: Summer 2013

Surfer’s Co-Editor Anna Lou Villena, perfusionist (Right) with friend @ prior event- June 8th  2013 Jilan Heart Center Changchun, China 1st Jilan Heart Academy Summer Workshop A leadoff in Cardiovascular medicine transpired last April 20-22, 2013, which was participated by a large number of Chinese medical practitioners all throughout Jilin Province. Medical breakthrough specifically in […]

We ARE Oklahoma !

Editor’s Note: This is for our people- the proud and brave folks in Oklahoma.  I have a good friend (new perfusion grad) heading there to work (Whitt- God bless ya)– and I know that hospitals must be swamped and people working to exhaustion! Just know that the rest of the world is with you in […]

Street_ECMO

Click images to enlarge Editors Note: I got an email from my overseas friend, Dario Fichera, an Italian perfusionist that is very involved in the international perfusion community. (Dario has been involved in perfusion mission work to Africa .) Below are some pictures of a mobile ECMO (Street ECMO) emergency aid station that the Italians […]

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. […]

From Our Indian Collegues: Welcome NEW GRADS !

Editor’s Note: Once again, just checking early morning news and chatter on Facebook, and a picture caught my eye…  Alok Chauhan A picture on FB of a few new perfusionists that just graduated in India (judging from the comments on the sidebar) CONGRATS guys ! 🙂 And…  In the Comments Section ….

A Discussion from Japan [ 9 ] An Adult ECMO Circuit

Facebook Thread Authored By:  Hiroyuki Kuromitsu (Hiro) Editor’s Note: Once again, just checking early morning news and chatter on Facebook, and another interesting discussion rears it’s head.  This discussion can be found on this Japanese FB group- https://www.facebook.com/groups/perfusionist.JP/ This thread was started by one of our Japanese colleagues, Hiroyuki Kuromitsu (Hiro) And… The Discussion… Any […]

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 […]

An Italian ECMO Transport

Click image to view source article Editor’s Note: I don’t know a lick of Italian, but the pictures were cool, the article was on an Italian perfusion FB group page, the concept is universal, and I wanted to put out an article in Italian to express the flexibility of this Circuit Surfers blog. It’s for […]

Heart Surgeon Reluctant to Leave Sudan for Oscars

Click images to enlarge Editors Note: I got an email from my overseas friend, Dario Fichera, an Italian perfusionist that is very involved in the international perfusion community. (Dario has been involved in perfusion mission work to Africa himself.) Below is the story he submitted- and I felt was compelling and very heart warming (no […]

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 […]

From South Korea: A Very Cool Peds Perfusion Video

Editor’s Note: Was checking out some perfusion Facebook groups, and came across a very cool perfusion video from  Lee Jinkwon (a South Korean perfusionist). Here is his introduction: Lee Jinkwon “Hello, My name is Lee Jinkwon. South Korea, Sejong general Hospital Congenital cardiac sugery team, Perfusionist.. I introduce to our Neonate circuit. We use to […]

A Letter to ‘Surfers : From Jordan: How Many Perfusionits are Required Per Case?

Click Image above to go directly to Mr. Ali’s FB page 🙂 Editor’s Note: Most places I have worked, it was with one perfusionist per case- unless the degree of difficulty implied the need for more assistance.  At one point in my career we did have a perfusion assistant on each case.  At another point, […]

GESTIONE DELL’INSUFFICIENZA CARDIO-RESPIRATORIA IN ETA’ NEONATALE E PEDIATRICA CON SUPPORTI EXTRACORPOREI

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A Thesis from Japan [ 8 ] Pediatric Q Rates ?

Presentation authored by:  Hiroyuki Kuromitsu (Hiro) Editor’s Note: Hiro Kuromitsu is very active as a Japanese perfusionist, and has been an on-line FaceBook friend for quite some time.  He will be presenting a paper on Pediatric Flow Rates / CPB at the 21st Annual Meeting of the Asian Society for Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery in […]

An Italian Peds Mission to Africa !

Editor’s Note: This is a very fun and unique video of the experiences of one Italian perfusionist on a pediatric heart mission to Africa. Dario Fichera has been a friend for quite sometime- and has been a constant source of encouragement and inspiration as the ‘Surfers blog grew up. The following is his video as […]

A New Mission- A New Adventure …

Brian Goes to Basra, Iraq Click image above to view his latest post. This is a NEW Perfusion Blog by Brian Forsberg, MPH, CCP, LP. Click the image above to view his site.  He is a tremendous perfusionist, specializing in pediatrics and international perfusion missions.

Heart Surgery in the PI: The Republic of the Philippines

The Republic of the Philippines. Editor’s Note: This is an interview with Weng Puno-Baldeo, perfusionist in the PI (Philippine Islands).  A lush land of very generous, kind, and caring people. Heart Surgery in the PI: The Republic of the Philippines Click image to view Weng’s FB page… Hi Weng.  First of all, thank you for doing […]

A Really Great NEW Perfusion Blog: By Brian forsberg

Editor’s Note: Brian Forsberg and I started communicating when I first began this blog.  He was always supportive and kind- and propped me up when there was so much contempt and hostility aimed at the blog (as well as me). I can only say thank you Brian- thank you for that. So he does a […]

Most Frequently Visited Places On ‘Surfers

Nothing like Dropping In on a Great Wave … Same as dropping in here and saying hello, or making a comment or suggestion, or just being part of something a little new and different. Thank you so much for visiting. Here is a list of the places most often looked at her on this shiny […]

Getting Inter-Nation Dialogue: A Japanese FB Perfusion group !

Facebook Thread Authored By:  Hiroyuki Kuromitsu (Hiro) Editor’s Note: Once again, just checking early morning news and chatter on Facebook, and another interesting discussion rears it’s head.  This discussion can be found on the FB group perfusionist.JP founded by Hiroyuki Kuromitsu (Hiro) a Japanese perfusionist. I am Just learning about this site:  Click to view FB […]

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 🙂 […]

Veteran Diaries

By :  Anonymous Veteran Diaries Well Frank, I am happy that our conversation stimulated a new discussion topic. But Methuselah? Really?? Just kidding. I am actually not that sensitive about my age. I worked very hard to get to this point in life’s stages. A few thoughts about older perfusionists: My favorite instructors when I […]

Welcome to A NEW Perfusion Blog !

This is a NEW Perfusion Blog by Brian Forsberg, MPH, CCP, LP. Click the image above to view his site.  He is a tremendous perfusionist, specializing in pediatrics and international perfusion missions. His Introductory Posts… =

From Our Indian Collegues: Right Superior Vena Cava Draining to Roof of Left Atrium

Editor’s Note: This is a series of extremely cogent presentations delivered by ISECT (Indian Society of Extracorporeal Circulation). The source article can be viewed here- http://www.isect.org/ASD.pdf. Right Superior Vena Cava Draining to Roof of Left Atrium The preoperative diagnosis in this patient was sinus venosus ASD with possible partial anomalous pulmonary venous connection. = – […]

From Our Indian Collegues: Anomalous Systemic Venous Return

= Editor’s Note: This is a series of extremely cogent presentations delivered by ISECT (Indian Society of Extracorporeal Circulation). Anomalous Systemic Venous Return Abnormal connections between the inferior vena cava, or right or left superior venae cavae to the right or left atrium may occur. A right-side anomaly (e.g., persistent left superior vena cava to […]