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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 🙂 […]

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 […]

HELP ! Looking for Medos Oxygenators

Editor’s Note: I received an email today regarding the Medos pediatric oxygenator: “Frank, browsing for a supply of pediatric oxy’s and found your post on the Medos oxygenator system. I used this once eons ago in Italy- worked superbly. I want to try to get some for a big project. Any contacts out there?” Jeffrey […]

A Shout Out to Texas Children’s: Thank You !

Meet   Garett’s Dad … Editor’s Note: Some friends of mine had a baby boy almost two years ago.  His name is Garrett.  He was diagnosed with an interrupted aortic arch, and AP window, to go with an ASD. Needless to say- that was a pretty serious set of circumstances. So from there: Consults-flight to Houston-more […]

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. […]

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 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.

A Pediatric Heart Mission: The Dominican Republic [3]

Editor’s Note: I want to thank Alfredo Lomeli, CST, an open heart surgical scrub technician from Lubbock, Texas,  and  volunteered his time to work on a pediatric mission to the Dominican Republic.  The following is his photographic journal and narrative of the events and the great story that transpired. Alfredo Alfredo in the D R (Dominican […]

A Pediatric Heart Mission: The Dominican Republic [2]

(Click Image to View Entire Dominican Series) Editor’s Note: I want to thank Alfredo Lomeli, CST, an open heart surgical scrub technician from Lubbock, Texas,  and  volunteered his time to work on a pediatric mission to the Dominican Republic.  The following is his photographic journal and narrative of the events and the great story that transpired. […]

A Pediatric Heart Mission: The Dominican Republic [1]

(Click Image to View Entire Dominican Series) Editor’s Note: I want to thank Alfredo Lomeli, CST, an open heart surgical scrub technician from Lubbock, Texas,  and  volunteered his time to work on a pediatric mission to the Dominican Republic.  The following is his photographic journal and narrative of the events and the great story that transpired. […]

Pregnancy & CPB

“Bicaval venous cannulation with right atrial opening to scavenge the cardioplegia solution may be necessary to protect the fetal heart from depression by the high potassium solution.”   Perfusion of the Pregnant Patient To provide cardiopulmonary bypass to patients which suffer clinical cardiac disease during their pregnancy.  When this cardiac disease has become exacerbated and […]

Perfusion Position: Michigan

Job description Dear Perfusionists, A of Facility in Michigan has asked us to help them recruit for 1 full time Perfusionist. This opportunity will be for a CCP with 3 – 5 years total experience, at least some experience with neonates/PED’s and a desire to transition into a Chief of Perfusion job on a team […]

What Doesn’t Kill You- Makes You Stronger

Click to View…  It’s DEFINITELY Inspiring. This was a link that one of our PICU nurses left on her Facebook page. It totally reminded me of our PICU and the great ECMO nurses we have working there! Ash …  Man she is the greatest !  She linked the YouTube video above. Awesome Murals and Colors […]

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: 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 […]

Fetal-Hemoglobin (HbF)

“The left shift of the oxyhemoblobin dissociation curve in the presence of significant quantities of HbF indicates that there is a propensity for low delivery of oxygen to tissues.” I.    DESCRIPTION: Fetal-hemoglobin (HbF) is an abnormal hemoglobin which is characterized by the presence of 2 alpha and 2 gamma chains in its structural configuration.  HbF […]

What Doesn’t Kill You- Makes You Stronger

= Click to View…  It’s DEFINITELY Inspiring. This was a link that one of our PICU nurses left on her Facebook page. It totally reminded me of our PICU and the great ECMO nurses we have working there! Ash …  Man she is the greatest !  She linked the YouTube video above. Awesome Murals and […]

ECMOjo : Online ECMO Simulator [Reprint]

(Click Image Above to View Site and Test Drive The Simulator) I was surfing the net (actually I was looking at the newest perfusion website I have become familiar with- a very cool site–  perfusione.net ) when I happened across this ECMO simulator and decided to take a look at it. Manufactures and Product Insert […]

Letters From Ecuador: Comfort Zones … [8]

(Click Image to View Entire Ecuador Series) Editor’s Note: I want to thank Margaret R. Harrington, who was a perfusion student close to graduation, and volunteered her time to work with The International Children’s Heart Foundation (ICHF) and Brian Forsberg, MPH, CCP, on a pediatric mission to Ecuador.  The following is her narrative and insight- […]

Letters From Ecuador : From this Day on, it was a Blur [7]

“If you are taught by the best, you will be the best. It was an absolute honor to get to scrub for Dr. Novick. It is nice to scrub for a surgeon who expects nothing but excellence, and it is even nicer when the surgeon recognizes your talent, and how hard you work your butt […]

A Day in the Life… [And Then Comes Sunday]

24 Hours… of ECMO Jesse  struggles to do a stretch during a therapy session with occupational therapist Megan Taylor on Tuesday, June 12, 2011. (Miranda Grubbs/ Lubbock Avalanche-Journal) Click Image Above to View Video Interview… The End and a new beginning This is the culmination of Jessie’s story.  His life is a new chapter now, […]

A Day In The Life… [6] Reprint

24 Hours… of ECMO To view the entire “Day In The Life” series Click Here Part VI:  A New Day & Definitely a New Beginning ! 8:00 am Coffee, Bugles, and McyDee’s I know it’s a bad example, but the hospital cafeteria is being remodeled, so I stocked on provisions for the long term.  There […]

Letters From Ecuador: Improvising [6]

(Click Image to View Entire Ecuador Series) Editor’s Note: I want to thank Margaret R. Harrington, who was a perfusion student close to graduation, and volunteered her time to work with The International Children’s Heart Foundation (ICHF) and Brian Forsberg, MPH, CCP, on a pediatric mission to Ecuador.  The following is her narrative and insight- […]

A Day In The Life… [2] Reprint

24 Hours… of ECMO To view the entire “Day In The Life” series Click Here Part II:  The Setting … 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 […]

Letters From Ecuador : From West Texas [5]

(Click Image to View Entire Ecuador Series) Author: LaceyTodd, CORT, from West Texas, who volunteered her time as a pediatric cardiovascular scrub technician. Formalities … Frank, Here it be 🙂 Not sure how much you wanted, so feel free to leave anything out! Thanks for posting it! First of all, I would like to thank Frank/Circuit […]

Letters From Ecuador: Getting Started [4]

(Click Image to View Entire Ecuador Series) Editor’s Note: I want to thank Margaret R. Harrington, who was a perfusion student close to graduation, and volunteered her time to work with The International Children’s Heart Foundation (ICHF) and Brian Forsberg, MPH, CCP, on a pediatric mission to Ecuador.  The following is her narrative and insight- […]

Letters From Ecuador : Setting The Field Straight [3]

(Click Image to View Entire Ecuador Series) Author: Frank Aprile, writing from an initial conversation with LaceyTodd, CORT, who volunteered her time as a pediatric cardiovascular scrub technician. She  authors her own narrative on this adventure in future parts of this series… A Conversation and a Napkin… Is pretty much what this part of the […]

Letters From Ecuador: The Arrival [2]

(Click Image to View Entire Ecuador Series) Editor’s Note: I want to thank Margaret R. Harrington, who was a perfusion student close to graduation, and volunteered her time to work with The International Children’s Heart Foundation (ICHF) and Brian Forsberg, MPH, CCP, on a pediatric mission to Ecuador.  The following is her narrative and insight- […]

PICU Rocks !

ECMO @ Covenant Women & Children’s Hospital I don’t know about the rest of you all, but our pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) is a place that from the outside looks dreamy through a small child’s eyes, and on the inside represents the shoreline for many a shipwrecked souls. I have an interesting relationship with […]

Letters From Ecuador: A Preview [1]

(Click Image to View Entire Ecuador Series) COMING SOON … = The Arrival… = A Scrub Techs Notes …. (on Tissue Paper) = A Student’s POV Click Here to Continue … International Children’s Heart Foundation Click to View our Website…

Pediatric Hearts in Iraq

Click to View Site and Read this Story… Got a quick note from my friend Brian Forsberg, and I followed the link which led me to the story I am highlighting above. I contacted the authors of this blog, because I liked what I saw, I liked the effort, and I especially was touched by […]

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 […]

ICHF: A Man on a Mission: [2]

Author & Message:  Courtesy of Mr. Brian Forsberg, MPH, CCP ICHF Mission It is every child’s right to be born into a world where he or she can thrive, grow to be strong and make their parents proud. It is not, however, every child’s destiny. One in every 100 children born in the developing world […]

A Man on a Mission: [1]

Santa Domingo… I think we all have visions or dreams of what we find adventurous and fascinating about the field of perfusion.  I know I have thought of going to unusual places like Mongolia, or exotic South East Asian cities to work as a perfusionist.  Australia, New Zealand and the Maori warrior-spirit thing. Sepia toned […]

ECMOjo : Online ECMO Simulator

(Click Image Above to View Site and Test Drive The Simulator) I was surfing the net (actually I was looking at the newest perfusion website I have become familiar with- a very cool site–  perfusione.net ) when I happened across this ECMO simulator and decided to take a look at it. Manufactures and Product Insert […]

Hypoplastic Left Heart

Palliation for Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome Pediatric Heart Surgery Performed by Dr Redmond Burke – Click to View Miami Children’s Hospital Dr. Burke and his Team… “Palliation for Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome” Performed by Redmond Burke M.D. Pediatric Heart Surgery Miami Children’s Hospital Department of Cardiovascular Surgery www.pediatricheartsurgery.com Anesthesiologist: Danielle Madrill M.D. Pediatric Cardiologist: Abdul […]

Complete Atrio-Ventricular Canal

Complete Atrio-Ventricular Canal: CAVC Repair Pediatric Heart Surgery Performed by Dr Redmond Burke Thank you to  Dr. Golovenko  for sharing the above  link on Twitter… – Click to View Miami Children’s Hospital Dr. Burke and his Team… “Redmond Burke MD, Chief of Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery at Miami Children’s Hospital, demonstrates the operative repair and postoperative […]

Interrupted Aortic Arch VSD

Interrupted Aortic Arch VSD, IAAVSD Neonatal Repair Thank you to  Dr. Golovenko  for sharing the above  link on Twitter… Click to View Miami Children’s Hospital Dr. Burke and his Team… “This video shows the surgical technique for neonatal repair of Interrupted Aortic Arch and Ventricular Septal Defect. This is a rare congenital heart birth defect. […]

Pediatric-Hemoconcentrators Needed…

To be used for training:  Preparing for a Pediatric Mission … Jeffrey P. Sites I am hoping to find a few pediatric hemoconcentrators for a pediatric mission training program I will be running at the end of June- I have gotten only one offer of support from Sorin – THANK YOU! for 2 ,but I […]