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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Houston or San Antonio! Student Seeking Job Shadow this Summer!

Mr. Aprile, I recently came across your blog about perfusion. I’m currently a senior at Texas A&M and still undecided about my plans after graduation. Perfusion has sparked my interest and I was wondering if you know any perfusionist in the San Antonio or Houston area that I could shadow this summer. Thank you for […]

Around the (Distant) Pump Room by Martin Gill, CCP.

An AMAZING Perfusion Publication ! (Contact Martin on how to Subscribe) Media Journalism by… Martin Gill: Perfusionist Editor (former), ANCZP Gazette email for subscription: martin.gill@health.nsw.gov.au (Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney Australia) Editor’s Note: Martin Gill is a gifted writer and supporter of perfusion international relations and improving perfusion practice- wherever it may be. He has […]

Circuit Surfers is 2 Years Old !

Why?  Cuz I think cool pictures are part of our lives … 2 Years … Wow !  Never really thought it would go this long- or that it went by so fast. First of all- Thanks all of you for joining and reading.  Slowly you guys started trusting or at least enjoying the site- and […]

HELP ! Potential Perfusion Student Looking for Perfusionist to Talk to- Atlanta Area …

Hello, My name is Dwayne Kendrick and i am currently a biology major at Toccoa Falls College. I am interested in the field of perfusion but I have one dilemma,  its hard to find anyone in this field that you can speak with personally.  I would like to at least know a perfusionist if all possible to see if I can […]

HELP ! Potential Perfusion Student Looking for Opportunity to Job Shadow in Seattle Area …

Hi, Thanks for the blog. It’s been a great resource for me in terms of gaining a more thorough understanding of the field of perfusion and what it’s like as a perfusion student. I recently got introduced to the science of cardiovascular perfusion from a friend who just graduated from a perfusion program. At first […]

My Thoughts as a Working Graduate Perfusionist…

Completing perfusion school, searching for employment, and settling in with the new position. Although there are several perfusion schools in the nation, they all educate students on perfusion technology. Each perfusion student graduating from an accredited institution must pump a minimum of 75 cases in order to complete graduation requirements. Going through rotations, one gets […]

Letters To ‘Surfers: A Visitor from Belgium

(Click Image to Enlarge) Editor’s Note: I got this letter from a European perfusionist visiting the U.S. for a conference coming up in San Diego. If you are so inclined, I included his email in case you can answer some of his questions ? Frank To Circuit Surfers : Click to enlarge Email responses to […]

Letters To ‘Surfers: From South Africa: An Experienced Response

(Click Image to Enlarge) Editor’s Note: I got this response to my earlier  “Age and Perfusion” post. It’s from South Africa, and from an experienced perfusionist.  He made some very salient points.  🙂 Frank To Circuit Surfers : Hi. I am a practicing perfusionist in South Africa. And have been doing so since 1981. I […]

Take This Survey Plz : Age & Perfusion

Click Image to Take The Survey Click Here to See Survey Results UPDATE I need 100 respondents or more:  We are at 67. I am getting a fair amount of responses from North Americans- but I am missing input from a significant portion of our reading population. Where are the Asians ? The Western Europeans […]

Is Perfusion a “Dead Language” ?

Editor’s Note: I got this letter from a soon-to-be-enrolled perfusion student. He has legitimate concerns and asks for feedback from perfusionists currently in the field. Help him out ? Hello Frank, First and foremost I wanted to let you know that I have been a huge fan of your site since I discovered it about […]

A Son’s Sacrifice: On Father’s Day

Submitted by: Bijender Singh Bali Editor’s Note: This post is a reflection about Father’s Day- but the event described did not occur on that day… Bijender Singh Bali is an perfusionist from India that I have been in contact with for the last 8 months or so. It is through Circuit Surfer’s that we met, […]

Take This Survey Plz : Age & Perfusion

Click Image to Take The Survey Click Here to See Survey Results UPDATE I am getting a fair amount of responses from North American white people- but I am missing input from a significant portion of our reading population. Plz take a second to respond?  It’s actually very intriguing. This is More than a Survey […]

Take This Survey Plz : Age & Perfusion

Click Image to Take The Survey Click Here to See Survey Results This is More than a Survey on Age… This is a snapshot of how we make choices to work with or remain apart from fellow colleagues looking for work. We are all human so we all have biases.  So let’s try to look […]

Age & Perfusion: An Experienced Response

(Click Image to Enlarge) Editor’s Note: I got this response to my earlier  “Methuselah-Meets-Perfusion” post. The individual who spurred the discussion to begin with, I omit her name for now, so that this discussion isn’t linked to her efforts to find work.  But it was a very well written and prosaic opinion, and feel it […]