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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Up Close With Perfusion in China

“Impeccable timing is very important to approach a person especially if you are aiming to break the wall of intimidation and aloofness brought by language diversity.” Author / Editor: Co-Editor Anna Lou Villena 🙂 [11] Impeccable timing is very important to approach a person especially if you are aiming to break the wall of intimidation […]

Perfusion China: Part IV: An Interview with Anna lou Villena

“Chinese medical professionals are actually interested to enhance their skills and specialization with the help of foreign doctors/professionals.” Anna lou Villena of the Republic of the Philippines- Working in China To view the ENTIRE interview series- click here … Editor’s Note: Thanks for coming back to the 4th and final part of an exceptional interview […]

Perfusion China: Part III: An Interview with Anna lou Villena

“After all, we have the same purpose –and that is to save and prolong lives.” Anna lou Villena of the Republic of the Philippines- Working in China To view the ENTIRE interview series- click here … Editor’s Note: I met Anna Lou through contacts on Facebook- I don’t have a direct link to her FB […]

Perfusion China: Part II: An Interview with Anna lou Villena

Anna lou Villena of the Republic of the Philippines- Working in China To view the ENTIRE interview series- click here … Editor’s Note: I met Anna Lou through contacts on Facebook- I don’t have a direct link to her FB profile, but it was through some other friends that I was finally able to contact […]

Perfusion China: Part I: The Asian Equation- an Interview with Anna lou Villena

Anna lou Villena of the Republic of the Philippines- Working in China To view the ENTIRE interview series- click here … Editor’s Note: I met Anna Lou through contacts on Facebook- I don’t have a direct link to her FB profile, but it was through some other friends that I was finally able to contact […]

Perfusion South Korea: An Interview with Lee Jinkwon

Lee Jinkwon of South Korea Click image to visit site Sejong general hospital was founded in 1982. In 1987, the hospital has developed an artificial heart for the first time in Korea, and transplanted it into a calf with a 45 days maintenance record (which has not yet been broken in Korea). The quality of […]

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 […]

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 […]

Heart Surgery in the PI: The Republic of the Philippines

The Republic of the Philippines. Editor’s Note: This is an interview with Weng Puno-Baldeo, perfusionist in the PI (Philippine Islands).  A lush land of very generous, kind, and caring people. Heart Surgery in the PI: The Republic of the Philippines Click image to view Weng’s FB page… Hi Weng.  First of all, thank you for doing […]

Surviving Heart Surgery as a Perfusionist : And Dealing With It …

To Save Lives.. You must Love LIFE…  And the People in yours … Editor’s Note: Heart surgery is a scary thing.  As Perfusionists we are at a higher risk, just because of the nature of the beast (profession related stress). So here is a dialogue of one of our own, who underwent emergent Bypass, survived, […]

The Adventure Downunder : By David Webb, CCP

Editor’s Note: Mr. David Webb, CCP, is an American perfusionist that sent a note my way, and wrote a fun story about his experience on temporary assignment to Sydney, Australia. He asked if I would put his story on ‘Surfers- And I feel it is fascinating and really makes you want to be there. So […]

From Italy [ 3 ] A FaceBook Page You NEED to Visit …

Founder of: Gruppo dei Perfusionisti !!! Editor’s Note: I met Giuseppe Salerno on Facebook after he invited me to join his online perfusion group (see above).  I left a couple of links to posts on his group page, and next thing you know- my site blew up!  I logged about 600 hits in an hour […]

Giuseppe Salerno : Talking With …

Founder of: Gruppo dei Perfusionisti !!! I met Giuseppe on Facebook after he invited me to join his online perfusion group (see above).  I left a couple of links to posts on his group page, and next thing you know- my site blew up!  I logged about 600 hits in an hour or so. Basically […]

Perfusion India: The Story of Bijender Singh Bali [4]

To Save Lives.. You must Love LIFE…  (click image) An Interview With a Perfusionist from India… Thank you Bij for allowing this interview to happen.  I appreciate the effort you have taken to respond with such thoughtful and enlightening answers. So let us continue. Q 5: Discuss your techniques regarding blood management, use of plavix, […]

Perfusion India: The Story of Bijender Singh Bali [3]

To Save Lives.. You must Love LIFE…  (click image) An Interview With a Perfusionist from India… Thank you Bij for allowing this interview to happen.  I appreciate the effort you have taken to respond with such thoughtful and enlightening answers. So let us continue. Q 3: Discuss the physician perfusion relationship.  Is it relaxed, formal, […]

Perfusion India: The Story of Bijender Singh Bali [2]

To Save Lives.. You must Love LIFE…  (click image) An Interview With a Perfusionist from India… Thank you Bij for allowing this interview to happen.  I appreciate the effort you have taken to respond with such thoughtful and enlightening answers. So let us begin. Q 1: Describe your life when you first engaged medicine, what […]

Perfusion India: The Story of Bijender Singh Bali [1]

I wanted an interview with Bij because I liked how he approached CircuitSurfers.com. He sent me a picture of the guts of his pump- and I put it into the art gallery. Then I looked him up on Face Book- and he likes motorcycles.  So basically he likes running two machines where there is NO […]

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 […]

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 […]

A Roman Dialogue: [1]

(Rome) Introduction Mr. Emiliano Vitalini, CCP is an Italian perfusionist that sent a note my way, and sent me a link to his impressive website http://www.perfusione.net/. I took a look at it and was amazed at the body of work- and the time and dedication it took.  I don’t speak Italian, although my family name […]

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 […]

The Essential Ingredient: ECMO Nurses

(Meet An Amazing Nurse ) I met Shannon 3 1/2 years ago when doing my first ECMO shift here in Texas.  I was pretty clueless about ECMO, as despite 17 years of experience, I was new to this hospital, and I had only worked in adult perfusion programs throughout my career. I had gotten a […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

An Interview with A Perfusion Nomad…

An Interview with A Perfusion Nomad… Can you tell me a bit about yourself, how you came into perfusion down  under? I want to thank you of course, for taking your time to share your story. _________________________ Sreenivasulu Galaeti: Hi, Thanks for your mail, I am Perfusionsit from India, I worked in India, Saudi Arabia, […]