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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Letter To ‘Surfers: Protocols & ECC Setups ?

Editor’s Note: I received an email today regarding ECC setups and institutional protocols.  If you have any suggestions or written protocols, perhaps you could share them with Ryan ? Hello Frank,  I sent a post to you back in June that you entitled, ‘Is Perfusion a Dead Language?’. I am happy to say that I […]

Mentors & CPB

We ALL have our stories … Colleen There was a moment when I heard the words “a Zero pressure- and v-fib is INCOMPATIBLE WITH LIFE !” And she was right.  She meant it.  She meant it every single moment that you were dedicated to a pump run.  I would see her at the end of […]

Writers & Bloggers Wanted : Want to Write a Post?

  Editor’s Note: I 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 […]

Refining Extracorporeal Support Strategy: Oxygen Pressure Field Theory IX

OPFT Part IX:   Using OPFT to Refine Extracorporeal Support Strategy. The anion gap is the difference in the measured cations and the measured anions in serum, plasma, or urine. The magnitude of this difference (i.e. “gap”) in the serum is often calculated in medicine when attempting to identify the cause of metabolic acidosis. If the […]

Interpretation of the Anion Gap: Oxygen Pressure Field Theory VIII

OPFT Part VIII:  Interpreting the Anion Gap The anion gap is the difference in the measured cations and the measured anions in serum, plasma, or urine. The magnitude of this difference (i.e. “gap”) in the serum is often calculated in medicine when attempting to identify the cause of metabolic acidosis. If the gap is greater […]

The Anion Gap: Oxygen Pressure Field Theory VII

OPFT Part VII:  The Anion Gap The anion gap is the difference in the measured cations and the measured anions in serum, plasma, or urine. The magnitude of this difference (i.e. “gap”) in the serum is often calculated in medicine when attempting to identify the cause of metabolic acidosis. If the gap is greater than […]

Microvascular Redistribution: Oxygen Pressure Field Theory VI

Part VI:  Microvascular  Redistribution (Click Image to View Online Power Point Presentation) Authored by:  Gary Grist,  BS, RN, CCP, LCP    To View all of Gary Grist”s Posts Regarding OPFT-  click here Mr Gary Grist delivered a seminar on this topic at The Missouri Perfusion Society 16th Annual Meeting titled “Beyond The Fick Equation”  on June […]

The Role of Carbon Dioxide: Oxygen Pressure Field Theory V

Part V:  The Role of Carbon Dioxide Which of these unlikely bypass candidates- ” Ain’t Gonna Make It? “ Authored by:  Gary Grist,  BS,  CCP, LCP    To View all of Gary Grist”s Posts Regarding OPFT-  click here Carbon Dioxide Pressure Field Theory The term Oxygen Pressure Field Theory is a misnomer if the perfusionist is […]

Axial Gradients: Oxygen Pressure Field Theory IV

Part IV:  Axial Gradients Authored by:  Gary Grist,  BS, RN, CCP, LCP    To View all of Gary Grist”s Posts Regarding OPFT-  click here Axial Gradients To review, Oxygen Pressure Field theory states that there is an oxygen pressure field established in the tissues around each capillary where oxygen is present in varying concentrations from as […]

Veteran Diaries

By :  Anonymous Veteran Diaries Well Frank, I am happy that our conversation stimulated a new discussion topic. But Methuselah? Really?? Just kidding. I am actually not that sensitive about my age. I worked very hard to get to this point in life’s stages. A few thoughts about older perfusionists: My favorite instructors when I […]

A Global Foum ? Yeah ! We Can Do It !

A Picture of the Sun… I would like a Global Forum. It is necessary and far past due. My hope is that eventually, this blog will be considered a resource for all of us. I need help. I need writers and opinions from all over the globe. So please tell your friends if they are […]

Survey Results: ECC Setups [RePrint)

Pre-Assembled ECC’s and the Rationale Behind Them… Authored by:  Jeff Campbell, MPS, CCP,CCT; Frank Aprile, BBA, LP, CCP; – Survey Design:  Frank Aprile, BBA, LP, CCP; Jeff Campbell, MPS, CCP, CCT; Discussion: The reasons perfusionists have increasingly adopted the practice of a having pre-assembled dry or wet ECC over the past decade may be multi-factorial.  […]

A Day In The Life… [1] Reprint

24 Hours… of ECMO To view the entire “Day In The Life” series Click Here Part I:  Getting Started … 24 hours to the finish line, and all you can do is just hope you don’t trip and fall.  That pretty much sums up this ECMO run.  Just trust your feet, and don’t lose sight […]

Perfusion Notes: [8.1]

A Student Diary: To View all Diary Entries- Click Here UPDATE:  January 10, 2012 Thank you to all the readers of this blog. However, the further I have gotten into school things have come up that would make me a dead give away to talk about.  This would mean keeping it anonymous is virtually impossible […]

Perfusion Notes: [8]

A Student Diary: To View all Diary Entries- Click Here A Jungle of Information & Putting it Together I have been very busy with school.  I have had multiple papers, projects and tests over the last few weeks.  On top of that I am pumping cases, reading/studying and when I get a chance sleeping. School […]

Perfusion Notes: [7]

A Student Diary: To View all Diary Entries- Click Here So It Begins… Well it has been a few weeks since I have written and entry.  I have become incredibly busy.  Between tests, studying/reading to keep up and being in the operating room I find time to sit and watch some tv or sleep.  School is […]

Perfusion Notes: [6]

A Student Diary: To View all Diary Entries- Click Here Wet Labs & Simulations So over the last few weeks I have had a few things on my plate.  I had my first test and did just fine on that.  However, observations have dropped off a little.  I did have the opportunity to observe a […]

Perfusion Notes: [5]

A Student Diary: To View all Diary Entries- Click Here Getting My Feet Wet: Well I am finally getting into the meat of my program.  I have already seen a rather diverse case load.  I would say the coolest thing I have seen so far is a heart transplant.  I had seen a lot of […]

Perfusion Notes: [4]

A STUDENT DIARY To View all Diary Entries- Click Here Introduction to My Program… I have moved to my new location and was lucky enough to get along with another candidate at the interview process that also got in to the program.  So we moved in and started exploring our new surrounding about a week […]

Perfusion Notes: [3]

A Student Diary: To View all Diary Entries- Click Here LOOKING AT PERFUSION SCHOOLS Like I have already mentioned I was accepted at my first and second choice schools.  My first interview was with my second choice school and so I turned down all other interviews except with my number one choice school.  I remember […]

And Then Comes Sunday …

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 Life” series Click Here The End and a new beginning This is the culmination of Jessie’s story.  His […]

Perfusion Notes: [2]

A Student Diary: To View all Diary Entries- Click Here SHADOWING I can say with confidence that I probably had way more experience than most applicants to perfusion school.  Obviously, I was still in college, so some may have more because of age or already working around a perfusionist, but I put over a year […]

Perfusion Notes: [1]

A Student Diary: To View all Diary Entries- Click Here My Bio: I was asked to write about my experience as a perfusion student.  I am posting a perfusion diary relating that experience from beginning to end.  I have chosen to stay anonymous and any people, schools or groups I talk about shall also remain […]

The Joshua Story [1]

A Bridge  to ? A while ago I got a tweet from someone I didn’t know at all… I don’t get a lot of major league support or endorsements from people that visit here, but certainly I have gotten plenty of encouragement. To get a comment like this, from out of the blue was a […]

ABTC Conference: Live Blog

Live Blogging The Autologous Blood Therapy Course (ABTC): (Click on Image to visit ABTC website) Heading down to Jackson, Mississippi… I’ve heard some great things about this course being offered up by Mr.Pat H. Courtney, Jr. LP, RABT (Licensed Perfusionist, Registered Autologous Blood Therapist.) . First of all, Pat’s a nice guy (as well as […]

Mr. Sid Yarrow: Perfusion Pioneer

Perfusion Profiles Mr. Sid Yarrow:  New Zealander :  Perfusion Pioneer  To View All the Profile Series…  Click Here. A Pioneer Passes… Editors Note:  The first part of this story was posted by Tim Willcox, CCP (Australia) on Perflist. I felt it such an inspiring story, that I tried to dig up a little bit more […]

Protecting the Brain

Viscosity: (Keeping it Brief…) How far do we HemoDilute? I got into a discussion with a colleague of mine who was going to relieve me during an aortic reconstruction case that would require Deep Hypothermic Circulatory Arrest (DHCA). Hypothermia even when mild (34°-36°C) is established to reduce cerebral metabolism and allows the brain to tolerate […]

Facebook, Twitter & CCP’s

The Online Perfusion Community Becoming a Community implies More than having the initials “CCP” in common… I encourage anyone that is interested- to consider Facebook as a personal option for staying in touch as a community.  It’s intriguing- the possibilities seemingly limited only by our imagination. It’s not like some heavy duty commitment or anything […]

Survey Results: ECC Setups

Pre-Assembled ECC’s and the Rationale Behind Them… Authored by:  Jeff Campbell, MPS, CCP,CCT; Frank Aprile, BBA, LP, CCP;  – Survey Design:  Frank Aprile, BBA, LP, CCP; Jeff Campbell, MPS, CCP, CCT; Discussion: The reasons perfusionists have increasingly adopted the practice of a having pre-assembled dry or wet ECC over the past decade may be multi-factorial.  […]

Protecting the Brain

Perfusion Notes: (Keeping it Brief…) Hypothermia even when mild (34°-36°C) is established to reduce cerebral metabolism and allows the brain to tolerate longer periods of hypoperfusion or ischemia. Embolization of air or particulate matter represents one of the most significant hazards for cerebral insult to the patient undergoing CPB.  It is important to note that […]