Perfusion Policies 101: Anticoagulation Reversal

“Thermal Cross Hairs” Photographer: John Campbell BSc (Hons) MSc FRSH ACCP FCCP Equipment:  DigitalSomething Editing:  Photoshop Narrative: Thermal image of a Sorin vanguard cardioplegia device in action in Nottingham. Blood temp in 34C blood out of Vanguard 4C. Time & Place: Trent Cardiac Centre/  October 2016 About The Artist:  Chief perfusionist, Trent Cardiac Centre  

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Look Out Dallas TX! Perfusion Job Shadow Desired

Editor’s Note:   Hi Dallas! Well you have to admit- after reading the post below, that this student really wants to become a perfusionist.  Please lend assistance if possible. I was pretty impressed with the effort and  exuberance demonstrated in the email. Hi there Frank! My name is Ashley Kirksey, and I’m a junior-year student […]

There’s A New Player in Town: Kcentra Rx for Postoperative CPB Induced Coagulopathy

Editor’s Note: Had a pretty routine CABG x something the other day, and encountered a postoperative coagulopathy, functional platelet count at roughly 72 (Platelet Works), and instead of going down our traditional Factor VII tunnel, we opted to use Kcentra,  a member of a relatively new category of drugs classified as a Prothrombin Complex Concentrates (PCC). […]

Perfusion Job Shadow Requested: Dallas TX or Central TX

  Editor’s Note: Hello Dallas and a shout out to my friends in Texas :)!  I have a student looking for a job shadow opportunity in the Dallas area-possibly Central Texas. Here’s our prospective student’s message to you as well as a contact email: Hello, I am a prospective perfusion student and will be applying […]

A Locum’s ScrapBook: Modifying the ECC for Antegrade Cerebral Protection

Editor’s Note: To view the entire “Locum’s ScrapBook” series- click here My life is Family First and then Perfusion.  I take BOTH very seriously. 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.  I travel because it puts me in […]

Perfusion Art: The Bubble Zone

“The Bubble Zone” Photographer: Frank Aprile, BBA, LP, CCP Equipment:  IPhone 6S Editing:  Photoshop: Contrast Filter Narrative: Waiting to go on bypass:  SVG Prep on back Mayo Time & Place: West Texas 2014 About The Artist:   Locum’s Perfusionist

Excerpts: The Red Cell Highway: “Epiphany”

Editor’s Note: This book is halfway written, It is a rendering of the reality, sometimes sad and at times funny, emotional, and clinical vignettes of the many different aspects relating to open heart surgery- from the perspective of a perfusionist. This book is a commentary not only on the intricacies of heart surgery, but openly […]

Perfusion Job Shadow Desired: Iowa, Iowa City

Editor’s Note: Hi Iowa, and a shout out to my friends in Des Moines!  I have a student looking for a job shadow opportunity in Iowa, hopefully in Iowa City 🙂 Here’s our prospective student’s message to you as well as a contact email:   Hello, I am a prospective perfusion student hoping to find […]

Perfusion Job Shadow Request: Houston TX Area

      Editor’s Note: Howdy Houston!  I almost forgot- I was a Texan for 7 years 🙂  Hope all is well, and trying to see if you can offer a potential perfusion student a job shadow opportunity? Here’s our prospective student’smessage to you as well as a contact email:   Good Afternoon, I was […]

Perfusion Pancakes Anyone?

  Click image above to view Video 🙂 Editors Note: My wife Kashmir linked me this video from FB.  It’s a lot of fun.  Happy Friday all! Video made by Medical Videos (FB) Its a Perfusion Pancake!  How cool is that??? Makin’ Breakfast…

A Locum’s ScrapBook: Looking in the Rear-View Mirror

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.  I travel because it puts me in charge of my life, it […]

Perfusion Job Shadow: New Jersey or Philadelphia

Editor’s Note: Yo!  Jersey Shore and  Philly… This potential CCP needs a job shadow opportunity to get her into perfusion school.  Can anyone help her out? Hi! I am an undergraduate student at Rowan University. I plan to apply to perfusion programs this coming winter. In order to do so, I need to shadow a […]

Bicarb Alternatives: Sodium Acetate & Balanced Crystalloids

Editor’s Note:   Authorization for the contributions below were obtained from each contributor via email.  Please see comments section… THAM A a Buffer Tham Description Tham Solution (tromeThamine injection) is a sterile, non-pyrogenic 0.3 M solution of tromeThamine, adjusted to a pH of approximately 8.6 with glacial acetic acid. It is administered by intravenous injection, by […]

Perfusion Life: SURF’s UP!

Editor’s Note: Was chilling- and on call in PA,  looked at my FB and saw a link my wife, Kashmir left on my Time Line.  A nice reminder of why I started this blog to begin with, and an inspiring video that places what we do in perspective: We do this so that people have […]

Management of weaning from cardiopulmonary bypass after cardiac surgery

Editor’s Note: Oddly enough, I was searching for some information regarding observed hypotensive states post CPB- associated with pump blood reinfusion, when I came upon this very cogent and well written article.  So I diverted my attention for the time being, to sharing this resource. Ill get back to the previous search later 🙂 Enjoy […]

“The Red Cell Highway: An Inside Look at Heart Surgery in America”

Editor’s Note: This book is halfway written, It is a rendering of the reality, sometimes sad and at times funny, emotional, and clinical vignettes of the many different aspects relating to open heart surgery- from the perspective of a perfusionist. This book is a commentary not only on the intricacies of heart surgery, but openly […]

A Locum’s ScrapBook: TEAMING UP in Southern Indiana

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.  I travel because it puts me in charge of my life, it […]

The Sanibel Perfusion PodCast: When VISION Becomes Reality…

Editor’s Note:   In terms of perfusion interaction and communication, there are a few seminal moments I’m sure all of us recognize as game changers, paradigm shifts, and technological improvements that could be compared as dynamic as the transition from bubble oxygenators, to hollow fibre membrane technology. Some examples of perfusion evolution in terms of […]

Heater/Cooler Survey Results are In!

  Editor’s Note: Well… I started this survey back in the Fall of last year. (Click image above to view or take the survey) Since then I have been at 4 other institutions and have had the opportunity to observe how my colleagues addressed this issue.  No footprint changes regarding the relative position of the […]

Plz Take this TAVR Survey

Dear Readership: Please complete our TAVR survey if you are currently doing TAVR procedures.  This data is really important. Click on Link Below to take TAVR Survey 🙂 TAVR Survey

PERFUSION PRO: A Bold Approach to EMR

  Editor’s Note: I guess the proof is in the pudding so to speak… when I found myself on a 3 hour pump run yesterday, instinctively looking for my clipboard.  I think that’s a common trait for perfusionists as we pump cases, we look for a clipboard not necessarily to enter data, but it keeps […]

Perfusion Art: Insight from an LVADer

“Insight from an LVADer” Contributor:  ‎Michael-Joshua Morris‎  Equipment:  Cut N Paste 🙂 Editing:  Photoshop: Contrast Filter Narrative: Joshua is an on-line friend I met almost 6 years ago.  He has had a HeartMate II in for that entire duration plus I believe at least 1 or more years prior.  His story is amazing- and 5 years ago I […]

Perfusion Art: Crimson Tide

“Crimson Tide” Photographer: Frank Aprile, BBA, LP, CCP Equipment:  IPhone 6S Editing:  Photoshop: Contrast Filter Narrative: Waiting to go on bypass:  Blood is from the cell saver and dropped into ECC to chase out priming volume. Time & Place: Southern Indiana/  March 2017 About The Artist:  Locum’s Peerfusionist

Perfusion Policies 101: Perfusion & the Pregnant Patient

  Editor’s Note: PERFUSION POLICIES 101 Welcome to PERFUSION POLICIES 101.  This will be a continuing series provided to assist your programs with that one puzzle piece we all run into now and then- that one time that an unexpected patient condition may give you pause… The intention here is to disseminate some basic recipes […]

Perfusion Art: Field of Dreams

“Field of Dreams” Photographer: Somewhere in India Equipment:  Digital Editing:  None required  Narrative: When you see a heart surgeon of this stature, being so free willed and loving life and his patient’s as he clearly does, that brings me to pause, and realize the majesty of all that is within a team with such a leader.  Bravo […]

A Locum’s ScrapBook: 2 Amigos & a Bag

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.  I travel because it puts me in charge of my life, it […]

Perfusion Art: Flagellae

“Flagellae” Photographer: Frank Aprile, BBA, LP, CCP Equipment:  IPhone 6S Editing:  Photoshop: Metallic Filter:  Narrative: I like this picture because it demonstrates the variety of ECC shunts that are limited only by your imagination. Time & Place: Southern Indiana/  February 2017 About The Artist:  Locum’s Peerfusionist  

A Locum’s ScrapBook: Finding Mimo…

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.  I travel because it puts me in charge of my life, it […]

Live YouTube CEU’s: Save Money and Get the Category 1 CEU’s that You Need

Click on image above to view online details 🙂 To All: This year we will be “upping the ante” again with our Live Webcast by making it available on Youtube! This new platform will allow many new amazing features as follows: 1. Ability to pause and resume live video feed. 2. Multi-platform capability on every device […]

A Locum’s ScrapBook: 49 & 50

Editor’s Note: In the middle of this month,  January 2017, I had the privilege of visiting and assisting three teams in the Midwest, representing an institution I have been at previously several times, and then a new venture a little further South, that implies two more clinical sites adding to the sum of hospitals I have pumped at during my […]

Perfusion Job Shadow Request: Virginia

Editor’s Note: Hey Virginia perfusion colleagues, this young lady is looking for a job shadow opportunity. Can You give her a hand? From:  Allie Borkowski I’m looking for help to locate a perfusionist to shadow. I’m currently a senior attending Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, VA Email:  Allieb8@vt.edu

Perfusion Job Shadow Wanted: NYC

Editor’s Note: Hey New York City perfusion colleagues, this young lady is looking for a job shadow opportunity. Can You give her a hand? Hello my name is Sherise Brown and I am currently enrolled at NYIT. I will be graduating with a BS in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Science. My main aim […]

Perfusion Job Shadow Wanted: Washington DC Area

Editor’s Note: Hey Maryland perfusion colleagues, this young man is looking for a job shadow opportunity. Can You give him a hand? Hello – this may not be the proper channel for this request, but I’m at a bit of a stumbling block. I am currently completely unaffiliated in perfusion, but am considering a career change […]

PERFUSION.COM CAREERS

Click Image above to got to Perfusion.com Job Site 🙂 PERFUSION.COM CAREERS Perfusion.com, Inc. is a Joint Commission certified perfusion company owned and operated by practicing clinical perfusionists. We occupy a unique niche in the perfusion industry encompassing the roles of clinical service provider, marketing company, product manufacturer and software developer. We are always seeking out the best and brightest current […]

Locum’s Perfusionist Available: Midwest, East Coast, South, Texas

Certified Clinical Perfusionist 20+ years experience Knowledgeable and experienced with most surgical procedures but not limited to: Adult Cardiopulmonary Bypass, Valves, Complex Arches Minimally invasive, ECMO, IABP, CardioHelp Impella Monitoring, SwanGanz, Artlines,  Cerebral Oximetry Autotranfusion, Platelet gel, VADS Contact this person privately at ecclog@gmail.com Kindest Regards Professional Details Experience in all aspects of perfusion Bachelors Degree Licensures: TX, AR, […]

Happy New Year 2017 !!!

Editor’s Note: I am amazed at the responses and enthusiasm that so many different perfusionists from all corners of the world have regarding our global community!  True camaraderie and mutual respect from all of us to each other- realizing that we are the only ones on this planet that truly understand what a wonderful thing it […]

Merry Christmas 2016 From Circuit Surfers !

Editor’s Note: We wish everyone a joyous and safe Christmas.  It has been a challenging year in the world, but we continue to do what we do best…  Perfusion 🙂 Frank  🙂

Perfusion Polices 101: Malignant Hyperthermia

Editor’s Note: PERFUSION POLICIES 101 Welcome to PERFUSION POLICIES 101. This will be a continuing series provided to assist your programs with that one puzzle piece we all run into now and then- that one time that an unexpected patient condition may give you pause… The intention here is to disseminate some basic recipes that […]

SURFER’s 2016: The Best of the Best

(Click on any images below to read associated article) Editor’s Note: 2016 was a paradigm shift for ‘Surfers.  As I continued in the direction from the previous year as a traveling Locum’s perfusionist, I had the opportunity to work at two new hospitals in Indiana, one in Wisconsin, one in Iowa, as well as getting on […]

Perfusion Policies 101: HyperKalemia

Editor’s Note: PERFUSION POLICIES 101 Welcome to PERFUSION POLICIES 101.  This will be a continuing series provided to assist your programs with that one puzzle piece we all run into now and then- that one time that an unexpected patient condition may give you pause… The intention here is to disseminate some basic recipes that […]

Novick Cardiac Alliance is happy to announce our return to building pediatric open heart programs in Iraq!

Click image above to visit this website Editor’s Note: I have been in contact with Dr. Novick, and Brian Forsberg LP, CCP, MPH, for almost the entire tenure of the Circuit Surfers blog.  I am impressed that our approaches and goals are so similarly tuned, and have always believed in what they (and this blog) stand […]

Perfusion Policies 101: Gas Embolism

Editor’s Note: PERFUSION POLICIES 101 Welcome to PERFUSION POLICIES 101.  This will be a continuing series provided to assist your programs with that one puzzle piece we all run into now and then- that one time that an unexpected patient condition may give you pause… The intention here is to disseminate some basic recipes that […]

God Bless America!

Editor’s Note: We are a union of the United States of America. United and strong.  Criticized yes, but never underestimated!

Perfusion Policies 101: DIC

Editor’s Note: PERFUSION POLICIES 101 Welcome to PERFUSION POLICIES 101.  This will be a continuing series provided to assist your programs with that one puzzle piece we all run into now and then- that one time that an unexpected patient condition may give you pause… The intention here is to disseminate some basic recipes that […]

Perfusion Policies 101: Cold Agglutinins

Editor’s Note: PERFUSION POLICIES 101 Welcome to PERFUSION POLICIES 101.  This will be a continuing series provided to assist your programs with that one puzzle piece we all run into now and then- that one time that an unexpected patient condition may give you pause… The intention here is to disseminate some basic recipes that […]

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. […]

Perfusion Policies 101: AntiThrombin III (AT3) Deficiency

Editor’s Note: PERFUSION POLICIES 101 Welcome to PERFUSION POLICIES 101.  This will be a continuing series provided to assist your programs with that one puzzle piece we all run into now and then- that one time that an unexpected patient condition may give you pause… The intention here is to disseminate some basic recipes that […]

IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTICE: RE; Heater Cooler Mediated Infections

Editor’s Note: I received this email from Bryan Lich, President of Perfusion.com, and I felt it was important enough to disseminate to the readership and hopefully together we can work to solve this issue.  The content of the letter is below in it’s entirety. Below is a survey to try to gather a consensus on […]

Perfusion Art: “Thermal Cross Hairs”

“Thermal Cross Hairs” Photographer: John Campbell BSc (Hons) MSc FRSH ACCP FCCP Equipment:  DigitalSomething Editing:  Photoshop Narrative: Thermal image of a Sorin vanguard cardioplegia device in action in Nottingham. Blood temp in 34C blood out of Vanguard 4C. Time & Place: Trent Cardiac Centre/  October 2016 About The Artist:  Chief perfusionist, Trent Cardiac Centre