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 […]

The Art of The Sale: “Cherry Picking” Cardiac Patients…

“This means when the data says “bad surgeon,” the surgeon might, in fact be a Top Gun — a technically-gifted, Morbidity Hunter — the last hope of the poor and sick.” Editor’s Note: Having been an STS coordinator for 5 years- responsible, basically- for the entire process, data collection, discriminating and interpretation of data-field-definitions, inputting […]

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 […]

HEROS! A Job Shadowing Experience

“I now understand even more why someone would want to go in this line of work; these men and women in the OR make a difference, together they do something incredible, literally life altering, they are nothing short of modern day hero’s.” Editor’s Note: This is a narrative from a future perfusion student who job-shadowed […]

My Perfusion Job Shadowing Experience: Day 1

Click HERE to view entire series 🙂 Editor’s Note: This is part 1 of what is going to be a 3-part series- the first two posts presented by a young, soon-to-be medical professional who job shadowed for two days with me.  The last will be a re-post of something I had written- that reflects the […]

My Perfusion Job Shadowing Experience: Day 3

Click HERE to view entire series 🙂 Editor’s Note: This is part 3 of what is a 3-part series- two posts are presented by a young, soon-to-be medical professional who job shadowed for two days with me.  This last post will be a re-post of something I had written- that was about this particular case- that reflects […]

And… Eye Contact HAS Been Made…

Editor’s Note: Establishing eye contact is a very important part of the process. It unifies the team, ensures we are all on the same page, and is a subtle assessment of our own state of readiness. It is this last piece of the check list (see below) that brings me to acknowledge a very competent […]

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 […]

Let’s Discuss… THE ZONE

Editor’s Note: As a followup to the prior post comparing Rock Climbing to Heart Surgery– I wanted to emphasize a certain aspect of a heightened degree of symmetry and awareness that happens when a heart team is completely in synch. It’s called “the Zone” and we have all been there at one time or another- […]

The Unique Similarities in Getting to the Finish & Surviving

Dr William Springer before the Presentation Open Heart Surgery IS RISKY- yet necessary for some people It saves lives But can take lives as well … It is a process that requires: Team Dedication Patient / Physician Trust Incredible Precision Professional & Personal Courage A Commitment to Overcome Challenges = = = = = = […]

Help Wanted : PA’s, NP’s, & Surgical 1st Assistants

We Need:  Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, and Surgical 1st Assistants Editor’s Note: I know these employers personally.  They are good and decent people. So if you know of anyone with the above qualifications- either have them fill out an employment application – or contact me directly @ ecclog@gmail.com. Thanks 🙂 Plz Apply Below Click image […]

Introducing- Hospital Staffing Solutions

We Need:  Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, and Surgical 1st Assistants Editor’s Note: I know these employers personally.  They are good and decent people. And obviously this relates to perfusion in a peripheral sense as members of the open heart team and such. So if you know of anyone with the above qualifications- either have them […]

Hybrid OR [3] Day 1 Debut

In Technicolor or Black & White ? Editor’s Note: Over the past year or so, a Hybrid room as been under construction, here in West Texas.  Being very close to one of the cardiac operating rooms- during this process, the sounds of drilling and hammering mix in with Pink Floyd, Annie Lennox, some “ya-done-me-wrong” Texas […]

It’s In The Eyes … What Perfusionists See

Hello Kittty … 🙂 Editor’s Note: Well in the OR it’s usually from the top of the head- to the mask that we focus on when communicating with our friends and peers.  A small space from forehead to the mask is usually all we see– sometimes the mask comes off- and then we see the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Hybrid OR [1] The Genesis of

Meet Andrea…  One part of the beginning of the process- Editor’s Note: Over the past year or so, a Hybrid room as been under construction, here in West Texas.  Being very close to one of the cardiac operating rooms- during this process, the sounds of drilling and hammering mix in with Pink Floyd, Annie Lennox, […]

When Being Crazy- Means You Have a Great Team !

a dAY @ tHE oFFICE  It was one of those cases… Tales of doom and woe preceded it, there was small talk, whispers, and banter that it might be canceled just because it was a to-follow case- and it would probably be a late start- Not-So-Secretly… We all hoped it would just go away for […]