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 […]

Heart Surgery in the PI: My Pump Support Drama

The Republic of the Philippines. Heart Surgery in the PI: The Republic of the Philippines Click image to view Weng’s FB page… My Pump Support Drama By Weng Puno-Baldeo = it was just a regular day in the o.r. after a vsd case the team dismantled the hlm, charged all the supplies used and preparing a […]

Reserve it NOW. (6 Days Left To Unite The Perfusion WORLD with a T-shirt) !

Click on images to view T Shirts, Styles, Colors, & Sizes Click on images to view T Shirts, Styles, Colors, & Sizes Editor’s Note: Our goal is to sell 50 T-Shirts.  But we only have 6 days left to do it- or the company doesn’t print any- and that’s that.  Don’t worry- if you purchased […]

Only 9 days left (To Unite The Perfusion WORLD with a T-shirt) !

Editor’s Note: Our goal is to sell 50 T-Shirts.  But we only have 9 days left to do it- or the company doesn’t print any- and that’s that.  Don’t worry- if you purchased one with a credit card- you won’t be billed unless they go into production. Is this for charity?  No.  It is to […]

Letters To ‘Surfers: On The Relevancy of IABP Therapy…

Editor’s Note: Was just going through some mail and stuff- and saw a few comments that I thought were interesting and would like to share. Please respond in the comments section of this post… Frank = Various questions on the relevancy of IABP Therapy = Hi Frank, = = My name is Rahul Barwal. I […]

Unite The Perfusion WORLD (with a T-shirt) !

Editor’s Note: Well, It’s time to take a break and have some fun with what we do.  I came up with an idea for a way we can increase awareness of the perfusion role in the open-heart community, as well as lay people that know about open-heart surgery, but aren’t quite sure what it is. […]

Diary of a Perfusion Slave: The Internship

Giorgiarobertandrea Isidoro COMING SOON Editors Note: Giorgiarobertandrea Isidoro is a student I met on FB a couple of years ago.  She has completed her perfusion training in Italy, and is going to do a perfusion internship in Rome.  She will pe submitting a picture diary of her life as a Roman perfusion intern, and all […]

Roundworms & ECMO ? Any Advice, Experience, or Literature?

Editor’s Note: I got an email from a perfusion colleague regarding the impact (if any) of roundworms on the oxygenator for an ECMO run. Please help?  Any information- please forward to the comments section of this blog post, my email, or  Amanda’s email who is running the ECMO. Very much appreciated 🙂 Hey Frank, Do […]

Heart Surgery in India: “I Tied My Turban Myself”

Editor’s Note: This is a story written by an Indian cv surgeon I have written to on FB. It has a “Lawrence of Arabia” feel to it, and I enjoyed reading it very much- Thank you sir for the time and effort to share this tale 🙂 Dr. Harinder Singh Bedi  MCh,FIACS (Gold Medallist) Head […]

And Then Comes Sunday …

24 Hours… of ECMO New Beginnings   (To view the entire “Day In The Life” series Click Here) Jesse Shipman struggles to do a stretch during a therapy session with occupational therapist Megan Taylor at TrustPoint Hospital in Lubbock, Texas Tuesday, June 12, 2011. (Miranda Grubbs/ Lubbock Avalanche-Journal) To view the entire “Day In The […]

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 […]

Heart Surgery in Pakistan: An Interview with Abdul Qadeer Khan

Pakistan. Editor’s Note: This is part 1 of an introduction from Abdul Qadeer Khan, and his experiences as a perfusionist in Pakistan.  It is a very nice, well written letter and I want to thank you personally Mr. Khan, for you kindness and the time you took to share this with the rest of us […]

Letters To ‘Surfers: I enjoy the postings from the perfusionist in the street…

(Click Image to Enlarge) Editor’s Note: Was just going through some mail and stuff- and saw a few comments that I thought were interesting and would like to share. Frank = Various thoughts on or “About Circuit Surfers” = Hi Frank, Anyway, with regards to your question re circuit surfers- I have personally always enjoyed the […]

Letters To ‘Surfers: Yeah, they saved his life, but removed his arms and his legs…

(Click Image to Enlarge) Editor’s Note: Was just going through some mail and stuff- and saw a few comments that I thought were interesting and would like to share. Frank = Various thoughts on or “About Circuit Surfers” = From Kasab Dec 8, 2:44 am Pardon I was remiss in my first post. I meant to […]

Letters To ‘Surfers: Change is the most difficult thing a person can do-

(Click Image to Enlarge) Editor’s Note: Was just going through some mail and stuff- and saw a few comments that I thought were interesting and would like to share. Frank = Various thoughts on or “About Circuit Surfers” = From Dan, Change is the most difficult thing a person can do’. Yet you are quite right […]

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 […]

Perfusion Turkey: A Collage from Kosuyolu Hospital, Istanbul.

A Perfusion Conference, Turkey Editor’s Note: I was on FB and got a message from Mehmet Çetintaş, a Turkish perfusionist that I have seen online for quite awhile.  He asked me to post some pictures he took of his life as a perfusionist in Istanbul Turkey. By his count they perform (or have performed) : 142 […]

Perfusion Life: Our Similarities in Malaysia …

Click on image above to visit Malaysian Pefrusion Group FB page… Editor’s Note: I was surfing some Perfusion FB groups, and I came upon the pictures below and a post from a Malaysian perfusionist. The FB perfusion group is named Malaysian Perfusionist, and it has 95 members. It is another example of how similar our […]

An International Perfusion CQI Registry: American, Asian, European, ALL Countries are Invited.

To Join the International Perfusion CQI Registry-  cick image above Editors Note: This is a new platform for Quality Improvement. We are trying to develop a database of common or not-so-common problems encountered by perfusionists during CPB.  We are inviting perfusionists, groups, and institutional participation to develop a universal platform for identifying areas of concern […]

College Station, Houston, or San Antonio! Student Seeking Job Shadow Opportunity.

Editor’s Note: This is the second time this young lady has made an inquiry, so it seems she is pretty determined to give it a shot- and you have to admire that 🙂 So c’mon guys-  I know there has to be somebody in Texas willing to help out 🙂 Mr. Aprile, My name is […]

Letters To ‘Surfers: A Raw Look

(Click Image to Enlarge) Editor’s Note: Was just going through some mail and stuff- and saw a compilation of letters- both pro and con- but all worthy in terms of the points delivered.  It’ is many positive reflections that may be addressed to me, but are really  NOT about me-  but are all about us […]

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 […]

Perfusion Glitches: Deprimed Cardioplegia Line

Click Image Above to Add a “Glitch” to the Perfusion Database … Editors Note: This is a new Section. We are trying to develop a database of common or not-so-common problems encountered by perfusionists during CPB. Please join us by clicking the Link Above if you have had any sort of unusual event you would […]

From Saigon to Facebook: An Interview With a Veteran Perfusionist & a Veteran of Foreign Wars

“Be willing to work many hours, often times in a very stressful situation where the human life; both adult and infant are at stake.“ Click images to enlarge … Editors Note: There is a guy I work with down here in West Texas, who helps us out with ABG’s, art lines, monitoring, Swanns, IABP’s, and […]

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 […]

Perfusion Life: Why We Do This [ 7 ] The Pets…

Editor’s Note: I’s Sunday morning!  And if you are tying it all back to a perfusion related topic- if you please- revisit the title:  “Why We Do This“.  Enough physics, physiology, selfless dedication, profound concepts, and what not-  today it’s back to basics, and a reminder of what drives us to become better at what […]

Perfusion Life: Why We Do This [ 6 ]

An Inspiring Duet 🙂 Editor’s Note: Chilling out on a Saturday evening.  And if you are tying it all back to a perfusion related topic- if you please- revisit the title:  “Why We Do This“.  Enough physics, physiology, selfless dedication, profound concepts, and what not-  today it’s back to basics, and a reminder of what […]