Priming the Pump…

Author / Editor: Anna Lou Villena, Eastern & Asian Editor: CircuitSurfers.com International Perspectives & Cultural Analyst Face Book:  Anna Lou Hi Frank! This is OUR week– and thank you for this opportunity again to share my thoughts 🙂 Best regards, Anna [18] “Priming the PUMP” in the Perfusion Arena On a classical pattern of my life […]

A Medical Mission to the Philippines: OCA

“They say that the first step is the hardest in every journey of life’s mission…” Author / Editor: Hi Frank! Catching up…and thank you for this opportunity again to share my thoughts 🙂 Best regards, Anna [17] OCA’s Mission to Mindanao Heart Center on its 7th year IN RETROSPECT I should say that “MISSION is […]

The Paradigm Shift of the Innocent Minds

“There is innocence in admiration and it occurs to those who have not yet realized that they might one day be admired.” Author / Editor: Co-Editor Anna Lou Villena 🙂 [16] Making the perfusion arena known to the innocent minds of the 5th graders from Changchun American International School was challenging and yet turned out […]

Pumping Down in Hybrid !

” Proper collaboration and teamwork among cardiothoracic surgeon and anesthesiologist, cardiologist, perfusionist, technician and nurses are very much essential for a successful functioning of a hybrid operating room.” Author / Editor: Co-Editor Anna Lou Villena 🙂 [15] Unexpectedly as it was ordered “STAT” (from the Latin word STATIM = immediately), the Heart Lung Machine was […]

Team China !

“The Perfusionist, as one of the key players in the cardiac surgical team, must not only possess the passion of work, but most importantly imbibe a dynamic collaboration and interaction among cardiac professionals within the team.” Author / Editor: Co-Editor Anna Lou Villena 🙂 [14] In the ambit of Cardiac surgery, various studies were conducted […]

TIME OUT…

“Their innocence will keep on reminding me of a humble beginning despite the sophisticated Perfusion arena and that everything should be sliced down to the ESSENTIALS of LIFE.” Author / Editor: Co-Editor Anna Lou Villena 🙂 [13] At the spur of the moment, I was again driven by Frank’s – BACK to Basic! They are […]

PERFUSIONIST: The LAYMAN’s Approach

“Perfusion is a profession that has a very low public profile. It is reputed to be one of the most stressful lines of work a person could possibly choose.“ Author / Editor: Co-Editor Anna Lou Villena 🙂 [12] According to the American Society of Extracorporeal Technology: Perfusion is a profession that has a very low […]

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 […]

A Marvelous VAD Presentation from China

For every ACTION, there is an EQUAL and OPPOSITE REACTION. This theory impacts life’s varied circumstances, the CAUSE and EFFECT implication… Author / Editor: Co-Editor Anna Lou Villena 🙂 [10] Editor’s Note: This is an extraordinary PowerPoint presentation regarding VAD technology.  It is an eye-opener and definitely well worth viewing. Click image above to view […]

Newton’s Theory

For every ACTION, there is an EQUAL and OPPOSITE REACTION. This theory impacts life’s varied circumstances, the CAUSE and EFFECT implication… Author / Editor: Co-Editor Anna Lou Villena 🙂 [9] From the cascade of events, I found myself in a retrospective mood and thought about the fundamentals of science which I learned during primary years- […]

No ROOM for BLIND SPOT

EXPECT the best, PLAN for the Worst and PREPARE to be surprised. Author / Editor: Co-Editor Anna Lou Villena 🙂 [8] A Perfusionist’s principle goes out for Mr. Waitley’s quote : EXPECT the best, PLAN for the Worst and PREPARE to be surprised. GEARING UP One can never EXPECT THE BEST outcome without planning ahead. […]

REALITY CHECK for THRESHOLD Countries

Author / Editor: Co-Editor Anna Lou Villena 🙂 [7] Let me go back to one of the questions in my interview with Circuit Surfers: Q. 11:  Is preventive medicine more prevalent in Asia than in the West? In my opinion, the prevalence of preventive medicine depends on the countries’ economical stability and governance because this […]

Adrenaline Rush … The Aftermath

Author: Co-Editor Anna Lou Villena 🙂 [6]   = The photo was taken with consent from our patient, Mr. Zou. He underwent a 4V CABG and 6 hours after an uneventful surgery, a sudden dilemma happened in ICU that prompted the team to have an emergency IAB insertion and re-operation. That Friday Madness thing was […]

A Friday Madness Adrenaline Rush !

Author: Co-Editor Anna Lou Villena 🙂 [5] =             Just sharing my FRIDAY MADNESS anecdote. I should say the test of a Perfusionist’s character- we have been engaged almost every day of the stressors in our workplace but in reality our job is the stressor per se. However, this depends on how you will be […]

1st Jilin Heart Academy Workshop in China: Summer 2013

Surfer’s Co-Editor Anna Lou Villena, perfusionist (Right) with friend @ prior event- June 8th  2013 Jilan Heart Center Changchun, China 1st Jilan Heart Academy Summer Workshop A leadoff in Cardiovascular medicine transpired last April 20-22, 2013, which was participated by a large number of Chinese medical practitioners all throughout Jilin Province. Medical breakthrough specifically in […]

The RING matters

Insert Author: Co-Editor Anna Lou Villena 🙂 [3] = = Essentially, a variety of RING matters. May it be symbolic, just as the wedding ring that married couple tucked in their finger or a clinging geographic phrase “Ring of Fire”, located in the basin of the Pacific ocean where a number of earthquakes and volcanic […]

INTERMITTENT dose of FACT when Reality BITES

Author: Co-Editor Anna Lou Villena 🙂 [2] INTERMITTENT dose of FACT when Reality BITES Let me quote a famous drolly statement, “In the beginning, God created the Heavens and the Earth… the rest was made in China.” I am sharing our “perfusionist-friendly” and cost effective disposable blood cardioplegia delivery system set. A product of Ke […]

OR Wheels vis-à-vis STREET Wheels

At 1st Glance … Author: Co-Editor Anna Lou Villena 🙂 [1] OR Wheels vis-à-vis STREET Wheels At a single glance!—– Monotonous it may seem for some whose routine lives are just scaled on the pedestrian, but not for a few others whose perspective could align two contradicting wavelengths. September 2003, when I first stepped in […]

Circuit Surfer’s Has a New Co-Editor!

  Plz Welcome Anna Lou Villena 🙂 Anna lou Villena of the Republic of the Philippines- Working in China Editor’s Note: Anna  is a very inspired perfusionist working currently in China.  We did an interview with her a month or so ago, and the quality of her writing as well as her perspective and initiative […]

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 Art: “The Asian Equation”

“The Asian Equation”    ________Click image to enlarge Photographer:  Anna Lou Villena, Perfusionist Equipment:  Digital Editing:  Photoshop:  Cropping: Hue & Contrast adjustments. Narrative:  The Philippines & China come together as a heart team Time & Place:   2013  Jilin Heart Hospital About The Picture:  A group of colleagues in China 🙂 Click to Donate Click here to […]