TAVR: TransAortic or TransFemoral?

Editor’s Note: The last few places I have visited were programs that were scaling up their TAVR programs.  There are some pretty exciting and innovative technologies on the rise in the realm of Hybrid technology.  Many of us standby for these procedures, I personally have only had to place one patient on emergent CPB- primarily for […]

AngioVac 101: A Perfusion Primer

Editor’s Note: Thought I would drop a quick primer on the use of the AngioVac system for percutaneous clot extraction.  The YouTube video right below is very comprehensive and should explain 90%of our involvement as well as the process. Have an excellent Monday!  🙂 Equipment Images Process  Product Description   All contents are sterile/single-use only. This […]

New Technologies: The MedLED CHROME Headlight

Editor’s Note: Recently at one of the OR’s I was visiting, we had a visit from a rep from The KLS Martin Group, regarding a fresh perspective on an old problem: Cordless Headlights that have the muscle to last through an open heart procedure. I was impressed with the enthusiasm and tenaciousness of this KLS representative, Lauren […]

From Italy [ 7 ] Reshaping the Heart

Editor’s Note: Once again, just checking early morning news and chatter on Facebook, and another interesting link rears it’s head.   I found this article on an Italian perfusion FB page by CardioPeople- an Italian resource- very well organized, and very professional. Link:  https://www.facebook.com/universita.campobasso They provided an English version of the above cited topic- so […]

From Italy [ 6 ] Mitral Prosthesis, Implantation on the Beating Heart

Editor’s Note: Once again, just checking early morning news and chatter on Facebook, and another interesting link rears it’s head.   I found this article on an Italian perfusion FB page by CardioPeople- an Italian resource- very well organized, and very professional.  http://www.cardiopeople-network.com/social/index.php?do=%2Fpages%2F10%2F They provided an English version of the above cited topic- so I […]

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 […]

FORE-SIGHT: Anticipating and Mediating Cerebral Ischemia?

Click Image to view corporate site. Editor’s Note: I used the FORE-SIGHT cerebral oximeter, the other day on a patient with documented carotid disease.  I watched the monitor closely for changes as the changes were made while on bypass (Q, pressure, sweep gas, temperature, cardiac index, X-clamping, cardioplegia, and so forth). It is a sensitive […]

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 […]

A New Perfusion EMR System: Try it- It’s FREE !

Editor’s Note: I got an email regarding a new EMR platform for Perfusionists.  Having designed numerous database systems before, this would in my opinion be worth taking a look at.  I will review the system in the coming week.  In the mean time- download it and check it out 🙂   Hey it’s FREE ! […]

A New Perfusion EMR System: Try it- It’s FREE !

Editor’s Note: I got an email regarding a new EMR platform for Perfusionists.  Having designed numerous database systems before, this would in my opinion be worth taking a look at.  I will review the system in the coming week.  In the mean time- download it and check it out 🙂   Hey it’s FREE ! […]

Drug Eluting v. Bare Metal Stents

Editor’s Note: Please review a previous article related to this issue as well-  Heart Surgery for the Poor? The Golden Goose Cardiologists once thought that drug-eluting stents (DES) were the greatest advance in the treatment of coronary artery disease CAD since the advent of bypass surgery. Using DES, studies showed, significantly reduced the problem of […]

Letters From the Philippines: Improving O2 Transfer?

Editor’s Note: Hi Guys, I got this letter from a Filipino  perfusionist via FaceBook.  If any of you have any engineering insights into the mechanics of increasing Oxygenator surface area for improving O2/CO2 exchange , can you send replies to Kevin Tabamo’s FB page? Thanks ! = = 🙂 Frank Click image to respond directly […]

Letters From Saudi Arabia: Plz Recommend a Perfusion Program

Editor’s Note: Hi Guys, I got this letter from a graduating nursing student from Saudi Arabia. If you have any suggestions for a great perfusion school you would like to recommend- please respond here in the comments section, or directly to Mr. Wafe at his listed email address. I need your help from Saudi Arabia […]

Letters From Pakistan: Questions on the CardioHelp System

Click image to view manufacturer’s information on this product- Editor’s Note: Hi Guys, I got this letter from a Pakistani perfusionist via LinkedIn.  If any of you have any Experience using the CardioHelp System, can you send replies here to ‘Surfers? I have no experience with the device, so it would be inappropriate for me […]

ECMO Research Study : This is a PAID Survey…

Editor’s Note: I spoke with this gentleman on the phone for a bit.  He was a well spoken and forthright individual.  This survey is important for our profession in terms of evaluating new ECMO principals and applications. Please respond to his email or phone number if you are interested in participating in the survey/study 🙂 […]

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 […]

VAD’s & Device Availability List

A ventricular assist device (VAD) is a mechanical circulatory device that is used to partially or completely replace the function of a failing heart. Some VADs are intended for short term use, typically for patients recovering from heart attacks or heart surgery, while others are intended for long-term use (months to years and in some […]

Cerebral Oximetry: FORE-SIGHT versus Hindsight

Click Image to view corporate site. Editor’s Note: I have used BIS monitoring forever, and have always found it a very valuable tool. So recently I get an email from a guy named Eric Sughrue, and some stuff about the FORE-SIGHT cerebral oximeter. At first I wasn’t that interested, but he was exceptionally polite, professional, […]

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 […]

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 […]

A Quick Guide to Changing Out the Terumo FX15 / 25 Oxygenator

Editor’s Note: I had an early Op-Cab and was looking at a primed circuit that I had set up the day before- for a case that was also an Op-Cab.  It was primed with Normal Saline, no meds, and would have been fine to use on our patient today. I decided to go ahead and […]

The Jena Universal Perfusion System

Click image above to view source article A Universal Cardiopulmonary Bypass Circuit for Cardiac Surgery The system was developed as a universal cardiopulmonary bypass circuit for cardiac surgery. The central part is a new type of reservoir, which is an assembly of two components:  the lower half is comparable to a standard hard-shell reservoir as […]

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, […]

The CentriMag VAD : Insertion & Cannulaes

The CentriMag Pump Display Console and Drive Units Operative Technique RVAD The right ventricular assist device (RVAD) is usually established with the right atrium as the inflow and the main pulmonary artery as the outflow. LVAD The outflow of the LVAD is the ascending aorta except in unusual cases where the descending aorta or a […]

New Technologies: The Hemobag:

Editor’s Note: A friend of mine asked me for my opinion of the Hemobag, a blood-salvaging device designed for whole blood recovery of residual post-CPB volume. I have never used it- so I ask for your opinions on the efficacy as it pertains to ultrafiltration, perioperative cellsaving, and scavenging the residual volume of the ECC […]

From Italy [ 5 ] Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation

Editor’s Note: Once again, just checking early morning news and chatter on Facebook, and another interesting video link rears it’s head.  This video can be found below- or on the FB group Care of heart  founded by Manoj Sharma  an Indian perfusionist that I have interacted with occasionally online. Now this video is in Italian- so if […]

New Technologies : CORMATRIX: Bio-Tissue Technology

Click image to view source article = = Editor’s Note: This is a product I discovered while reading online @ the FB site “Gruppo dei Perfusionisti!!!” an I Italian on-line perfusion group.  My frriend Emiliano Vitalini posted the link for the article- and I had seen an insert on it before- so thought I would […]

A VERY Cool CPB Weaning Simulator !

Click the image above to see the simulator Editor’s Note: I found this little gem while reading Emiliano Vitalini‘s FB page.  It is a lot of fun to play with, and I believe it will lend some insight as well as being an online clinical simulator. Definitely worth checking out 🙂 Developed by: Click the image […]

Percutaneous AVR

Editor’s Note: I saw an interesting image of an aortic stent on the SUNY FB page, and followed their link to the source.  I think the images and concept are perfusion-review worthy, so I thought I would bring it to you and see what you think. Aortic Valve Replacement Module Provides comprehensive practice on endovascular […]

Offering: Perfusion Group- QA / P&P Development…

Do You Need A Vibrant- Interactive- Internet Presence ? A Corporate Website A Searchable Online Policy & Procedure Database An On-Line QA / Demographic database A Staff Credentialing Database A Face Book Presence A Twitter Presence Do YOU NEED an Interactive On-Line QA / Policy & Procedure Site ? If you are interested in developing […]

The Hybrid O.R. An Introductory Dialogue

Editor’s Note: This is an exploratory post on Hybrid OR’s.  The link below is an excellent introduction to the subject, and the dialogue / conversation framed at the heart of this posts- is obviously taken from a beginners perspective. Any links, or insights would be greatly welcomed in the comments section- Click image to view […]

New Technologies : FerroFluids- Artificial Heart Technology

Click image to view source article Editor’s Note: I got this link from a friend of mine, an extremely talented Operating Room instructor, Paul Landman. “Saw this while reading a news app. Thought you’d find it interesting. Ferrofluid heart mimics human biology to circulate blood.” A new ferrofluid-based artificial heart design seeks to aid transplant […]

Perfusion Group- Website Development…

If you are interested in developing a corporate web presence for your perfusion group, or wish to develop an online QA program please contact: email:  Lazarus Technologies, LLC When is a Policy or Procedure Recommendation Welcomed the Most? When you need it immediately Which implies an emergency or unexpected clinical event Which further suggests that […]

Letters From Italy: Thesis Topic Suggestions?

Elisabetta Maio Hi Guys, I got this letter from a young Italian perfusion student.  She is looking for ideas for her thesis. Do you all have any suggestions? There are a million possibilities.  If any of you have any ideas- please submit them or leave Elisabetta a message in the comments section? Thanks ! = […]