A Locum’s ScrapBook: Friday Night Lights

Fading out… 5 days left here and i’m becoming a memory 🙂 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. […]

Perfusionist: Center Stage

“Although Perfusion necessitates creative intervention, acting allows me to open an artsy creative side…” William Harris, CCP Editors Note: I think it’s pretty evident that perfusionists are innovative and passionate in their approach to life as well as work.  Most perfusionists are successful in other endeavors of their personal lives as well as their professional […]

A Locum’s ScrapBook: Sometimes… The Bear Gets YOU…

“The simple fact that a centrifugal hand-crank is in the room, does not at all satisfy the “yes” box in the checklist” Editor’s Note: Just when you get to the comfort zone of thinking “you are pretty good”? You find out you’re pretty NOT! But don’t get knocked down and NOT get back up.  Shit […]

A Locums ScrapBook: A Day in the Life…

“I joked with the crew, and said, we are in the land of the Paramedics, cuz that’s pretty much all you could see.” Editor’s Note: To view the entire “Locum’s ScrapBook” series- click here I’m doing some perfusion traveling as I am taking my show on the road.  As such, every once in awhile I […]

Perfusion Life: Why We Do This

Editor’s Note: I do a lot of “why we do this” posts, not because it is rhetorical or thought provoking, but because we as a profession are pioneers as well.  In the past 40 years, the technological achievements in cardiac medicine defy belief at times, in that we have come so far- so very quickly. […]

On Being a Perfusionist: The Perfect Recovery from an Adverse Situation

ON BEING A PERFUSIONIST I think we are reminded of our human fallibility (the potential to err is in all of us) every day we pump a case. With so many steps and moving parts in the equation, the goal is to choreograph out a perfect “10” every single time. Of course that doesn’t always […]

From Belgium: What is a Perfusionist?

Editor’s Note: Below you will see a very inspiring video detailing the scope of practice of a perfusionist, and describing the vast array of talents as well as the personal fortitude that is required to seriously engage the profession. I want to thank Dr. Verhofste for forwarding me this video, and allowing me to share […]

Perfusion Life: Storms- Inside & Out

Editor’s Note: Well I got a quick message (see above) from my friend Paul DiGregorio from the Northern Indiana area where I come by and help out once in awhile. Looks like he and I are dealing with to separate storms.  His is obviously clinical- (ECMO-Land), and mine is of the the other kind…  8-10 inches […]

LPM: A Student’s Perspective- Dialysis

“Once the basic pump set-up is learned, there are so many other additional instruments and methods that also need to be understood.” Editor’s Note: This is a continuation of a new series with a guest blogger who is currently enrolled in a perfusion program.  I am impressed that as a perfusion student she has the initiative […]

Unexpected Air: An ECMO Discussion

Editor’s Note: I was on FB and was visiting the Malaysian Perfusion Page, monitoring a discussion regarding venous air entrainment in an ECMO circuit, and the efforts made to save the patient.  This a true emergency, and with a closed system, much more difficult to resolve. The discussion however is what captured my interest because […]

Perfusion Life: The InElegant Hack

Editor’s Note: Here is a guest post presented in it’s raw and natural form, written by Michael Colligan, RN, MS, CCP. Thank you Michael, for contributing 🙂 -Frank PERFUSION LIFE HACK What is a life hack? The term life hack started out as “hack”, having evolved from the original definition to the current meaning of an […]

Why We Do This: LVAD_one 2009 Days +

“So yes, we engage hope and strive to do our best, but our vision for this patient’s future is sometimes less than vibrant- for the reasons stated above.  Many of us have become LVAD pessimists.” 2009 days x 24 hours x 60 minutes = 2,892,960 minutes of life support… Editor’s Note: I think there is a tendency […]

LPM: A Student’s Perspective- Seminars and Symposiums

“Perfusion as a discipline is still very much in need of empirical evidence in order to develop best practices.” Editor’s Note: This is a continuation of a new series with a guest blogger who is currently enrolled in a perfusion program.  I am impressed that as a perfusion student she has the initiative to share her […]

A Locum’s ScrapBook: Sometimes Ya Gotta Explore…

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 […]

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 […]

A Locum’s ScrapBook: A Paradigm Shift- The Venous Reservoir Bag

A Venous Reservoir Bag System 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 […]

A Locum’s ScrapBook: Away From the OR

The 1st Saturday on Call 🙂 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 […]

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 […]

Perfusionist Appreciation Week !

Editor’s Note: If you are feeling tired, undernourished, overwhelmed, swamped to the gills, unmercifully overworked, wet & bedraggled, unnoticed, disrespected, taken for granted, maligned, undervalued, invisible, overlooked, under-appreciated, or like somebody’s answer to a very bad day…  TAKE HEART !!!! It’s Perfusion Appreciation Week! I hope this helped 🙂 To use an an adage from […]

A Locum’s ScrapBook: How to Survive the Mayan Calander

Nadia Azuero, B.S., CCP, LP Editor’s Note: About The Author:     Nadia  has been a perfusionist for quite some time, and is a very active contributor here at Circuit Surfers. She is very talented, precise, and obviously committed to delivering extraordinary care to her patients. Nadia is currently practicing as a Solo Perfusion Contractor. To […]

A Locum’s ScrapBook: “I’ve Got The Lung!”

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 […]

A Locum’s ScrapBook: Prepping 101

Editor’s Note: Locums Tenens is defined as: Locum tenens, roughly translated from Latin, means “to hold a place.” Locum tenens perfusionists fill in for other perfusionists on a temporary basis for a range of a few days to up to six months or more. When a healthcare employer faces temporary staffing shortages due to vacancies, illness, or […]

Perfusion Life: Music Helps …

Editor’s Note: I think most of us have dealt with and observed the fluctuations of moods during heart ops.  Things can get tense, then critical, then over the hump during an iffy part of the operation.  Music seems to play a role with us in the OR.  It is something that can’t be ignored… The […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Why We Do This: [ 9 ] Diving With Dolphins

Editor’s Note: This is a a video of people that choose to live and interact. One of the many reasons that we as perfusionists do what we do- preserve and commit to lives we may not be familiar with- but lives that are to be cherished. Thanks for all you do 🙂 My best friend’s daughter- […]

To England! Need to find a Thoracic CV Surgeon for MVR on Patient with Factor V Leiden Deficiency

Plz Click here to leave a comment or recommendation 🙂 Editor’s Note: I received the following message this morning from a colleague of ours. Basically- anyone reading this that lives in ENGLAND is asked for their recommendation (in the comments section plz) for a CV surgeon in England that they trust enough that they would want […]

To England! Need to find a Thoracic CV Surgeon for MVR on Patient with Factor V Leiden Deficiency

Plz Click here to leave a comment or recommendation 🙂 Editor’s Note: I received the following message this morning from a colleague of ours. Basically- anyone reading this that lives in ENGLAND is asked for their recommendation (in the comments section plz) for a CV surgeon in England that they trust enough that they would want […]

Student Seeking Job Shadow Opportunity: Miami Area

Editor’s Note: Anybody in Florida want to help this potential perfusion candidate out? Mr. Aprile, Hi , I’m a student at MDCC, getting the prerequisites done which I need to enroll in Barry U’s perfusionist program. I would love to shadow a perfusionist at work one time to make absolutely sure that this is what […]

Student Seeking Job Shadow Opportunity: Miami Area

Editor’s Note: Anybody in Florida want to help this potential perfusion candidate out? Mr. Aprile, Hi , I’m a student at MDCC, getting the prerequisites done which I need to enroll in Barry U’s perfusionist program. I would love to shadow a perfusionist at work one time to make absolutely sure that this is what […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 2

Click HERE to view entire series 🙂 Editor’s Note: This is part 2 of what is a 3-part series- these first two posts presented by a young, soon-to-be medical professional who job shadowed for two days with me.   He is soon to graduate from a very prestigious university here in Texas, and has more than established […]

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 […]

Writers & Bloggers Wanted :

Hi- Wanted to see if there are any perfusionists out there that like to write- or want to write about their perfusion experiences? Perfusionists from all corners of the World are invited to participate … Writing / blogging is basically taking taking your point of view on aspects of perfusion and sharing it with others […]

Why I want to be a Perfusionist? I want to save lives.

Editor’s Note: I got this message in the comments section.  I don’t know exactly what the question is:  Looking to get into school- or just graduated and looking for a position? What is clear to me is that this was a very compelling narrative about our profession- So let’s help him / her out shall […]

We Look for Flat Lines ___________

Well, it was one of those days… Unspoken Silence: When everyone worries…  We Look to get past this morning’s -double-or-triple-valve-something, one step at a time. And they were hard steps. The double-valve-something reemerged as it had been canceled a couple of days prior. The unspoken,  shared concern- was that this was a case that had the […]