Some Thoughts about Pump Configuration and Design: Collin Green

“Admittedly there are machines today where the arterial pump can be re-positioned closer to the table and sometimes higher but to the best of my knowledge sucker and cardioplegia pumps tend to stay on the machine base.“ Editor’s Note: I would like to introduce you to a perfusionist that contacted me recently and is the […]

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. […]

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 […]

Perfusion Evolution C/O Minnesota Perfusion

“Sure we get exhausted and frustrated at times like any human would in situations where rest and refreshment aren’t available to us as we wish it but WOW it’s awesome to be a perfusionist today.” Editor’s Note: I received the following letter and articles from David Hodnnick, CCP a prominent perfusionist in our profession. There […]

The First Ever Artificial Heart Transplantation in Azerbaijan

Editor’s Note: A FB friend and colleague of mine, Cuneyt Imamoglu, from Baku, Azerbaijan, shared the story below of the ground breaking procedure performed for the first time in Azerbaijan. Cuneyt is very active on-line promoting perfusion dialogue and education. Thank you for sharing this Cuneyt 🙂 Frank   The first ever artificial heart transplantation […]

Diversity- Thy Name is ‘Surfers …

Close to 3 Years ago…  We looked a bit like this… = Now, We are starting to look a little more like this. Editor’s Note: I was thinking today about international perfusion awareness and how new media (blogs, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, StumbleUpon) has played a role in terms of the entire global perfusion community […]

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 […]

A Blast from the Past ! Perfusion 1995

Editor’s Note: In 1995: There was no ECECT meeting yet European Certificate in Cardiovascular Perfusion was a year away Standards of Practice in Clinical Perfusion in Australasia were two years away Perflist was just beginning under Sue Boetcher’s pioneering mantle- Perfusion dot com was becoming a reality (Bryan Lich was about to profoundly change perfusion […]

An Italian ECMO Transport

Click image to view source article Editor’s Note: I don’t know a lick of Italian, but the pictures were cool, the article was on an Italian perfusion FB group page, the concept is universal, and I wanted to put out an article in Italian to express the flexibility of this Circuit Surfers blog. It’s for […]

The Jena Universal Perfusion System

Click image above to view source article A Universal Cardiopulmonary Bypass Circuit for Cardiac Surgery The system was developed as a universal cardiopulmonary bypass circuit for cardiac surgery. The central part is a new type of reservoir, which is an assembly of two components:  the lower half is comparable to a standard hard-shell reservoir as […]

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 […]

Career Perfusionist: [12] An Excellent Australian Educational Film

An Australian Educational Film_______________Click image to enlarge Editor’s Note: Here is a YouTube video that was submitted by: Digitalcaravan1 in association with Children’s Hospital, Westmeade, Australia. An Australian commentator discusses all aspects of perfusion and the ECC.  A very thorough summary of the profession as well as the physiological and clinical progression of open heart […]

Career Perfusionist: [11] A German Perspective to the Public…

A German Perspective to the Public_______________Click image to enlarge Editor’s Note: Here is a YouTube video that was submitted by: Adrian Bauer A German perfusionist that decided that just maybe- it would be nice to not go into an hour long diatrbe on who we are and what we do.  Not that there is anything […]

Career Perfusionist: [10] Going ON & Coming OFF Bypass …

Going ON & Coming OFF Bypass_______________Click image to enlarge Editor’s Note: Here is a YouTube video that is an amazingly artistic expression of the process of initiating and concluding cardioplulmonary bypass.  The classical musical score behind it is by Artist: Peter Schmalfuss; “Nocturne No. 9 in B Major Op. 32/1” This was submitted by: Manoj […]

Career Perfusionist: [9] An Interview ABOUT Perfusion

Off Pump Hardware_______________________Click image to enlarge Editor’s Note: Here is a YouTube interview with a perfusionist, giving a detailed description of perfusion, the training, the work,  and the nature of the job:  Submitted by: Antonella Motta, an Italian perfusionist on the FaceBook Group page;  Gruppo dei Perfusionisti!!!

Career Perfusionist: [8] How Were Heart Lung Machines Born ?

“Suitcase & Pump”    _______________________Click image to enlarge Editor’s Note: I had originally posted the above picture  as “Perfusion Art” and wasn’t at all familiar with the type of pump it was. So here is a historical perspective of the development of the HL (Heart Lung) machine, brought to you by Gruppo dei Perfusionisti!!! Click images […]

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 […]

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 […]

Career Perfusionist: [7] Perfusion Evolution

“Suitcase & Pump”    _______________________Click image to enlarge Editor’s Note: I had originally posted the above picture  as “Perfusion Art” and wasn’t at all familiar with the type of pump it was. I then got a quick note from my good friend Seanne Azzolina… “…I worked with one of those…it’s a Pemco! The last time was […]