“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 […]

Yahoo’s, Cowboy’s & Heart Surgeons: What are we made of?

Editor’s Note: I am writing a book on an inside perspective on Heart Surgery in America.  I decided that I would release portions of this story as I am telling it- to see what you think.  We all have our stories about how we got here 🙂 It is in chronological order, so some of the […]

Yahoo’s, Cowboy’s & Heart Surgeons: A Pilot and a Heart-Lung Machine

Editor’s Note: I am writing a book on an inside perspective on Heart Surgery in America.  I decided that I would release portions of this story as I am telling it- to see what you think.  We all have our stories about how we got here 🙂 It is in chronological order, so some of the […]

Yahoo’s, Cowboy’s & Heart Surgeons: “We Stop Your Heart to Keep You Alive”

Editor’s Note: I am writing a book on an inside perspective on Heart Surgery in America.  I decided that I would release portions of this story as I am telling it- to see what you think.  We all have our stories about how we got here 🙂 It is in chronological order, so some of the […]

Yahoo’s, Cowboy’s & Heart Surgeons: Strange Encounters

Editor’s Note: I am writing a book on an inside perspective on Heart Surgery in America.  I decided that I would release portions of this story as I am telling it- to see what you think.  We all have our stories about how we got here 🙂 It is in chronological order, so some of the […]

Yahoo’s, Cowboy’s, & Heart Surgeons: Epiphany

Editor’s Note: I am writing a book on an inside perspective on Heart Surgery in America.  I decided that I would release portions of this story as I am telling it- to see what you think.  We all have our stories about how we got here 🙂 It is in chronological order, so some of the […]

Yahoo’s, Cowboy’s & Heart Surgeons: “47906”

Editor’s Note: I am writing a book on an inside perspective on Heart Surgery in America.  I decided that I would release portions of this story as I am telling it- to see what you think.  We all have our stories about how we got here 🙂 It is in chronological order, so some of the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]