We Need You ! ICHF 2014 Mission Schedule

We NEED You ! ICHF has conducted medical mission trips since the beginning of their work in 1993. Our trips have increased over the years so that now there are at least two ICHF Medical Teams every month repairing children’s hearts somewhere in the world. If you are interested in offering financial support to one […]

ICHF: Hope Renewed

Click image to view this article. Editors Note: I have had the pleasure of getting to know Brian C. Forsberg MPH CCP, the team of ICHF, and interviewing Dr. Bill Novick over that past couple of years.  The “BabyHeart” blog is in my opinion, a very well written and insightful effort that brings us to […]

ICHF 2013 Mission Link

Donation Link:  ICHF  Click image above to donate time / or materials 🙂 Click image above to view post @ Babyheart.org We NEED You ! ICHF has conducted medical mission trips since the beginning of their work in 1993. Our trips have increased over the years so that now there are at least two ICHF […]

We Need You ! ICHF 2013 Mission Schedule

Donation Link:  ICHF  Click image above to donate time / or materials 🙂 Click image above to view post @ Babyheart.org We NEED You ! ICHF has conducted medical mission trips since the beginning of their work in 1993. Our trips have increased over the years so that now there are at least two ICHF […]

We Need You ! ICHF 2013 Mission Schedule

Click image above to view post @ Babyheart.org We NEED You ! ICHF has conducted medical mission trips since the beginning of their work in 1993. Our trips have increased over the years so that now there are at least two ICHF Medical Teams every month repairing children’s hearts somewhere in the world. The year […]

URGENT : We NEED You !

Click Image to view Mission details … Editor’s Note: Please visit the website above and contact/email  Brian C. Forsberg MPH CCP. Kharkiv, Ukraine                        Jan 26 – Feb 9 Guayaquil, Ecuador                  Apr 6 – Apr 20 Tegucigalpa, Honduras             Apr 10 – May 4 Kharkiv, Ukraine                        Apr 6 – Apr 20 Skopje, Macedonia […]

A Pediatric Heart Mission: The Dominican Republic [3]

Editor’s Note: I want to thank Alfredo Lomeli, CST, an open heart surgical scrub technician from Lubbock, Texas,  and  volunteered his time to work on a pediatric mission to the Dominican Republic.  The following is his photographic journal and narrative of the events and the great story that transpired. Alfredo Alfredo in the D R (Dominican […]

A Pediatric Heart Mission: The Dominican Republic [2]

(Click Image to View Entire Dominican Series) Editor’s Note: I want to thank Alfredo Lomeli, CST, an open heart surgical scrub technician from Lubbock, Texas,  and  volunteered his time to work on a pediatric mission to the Dominican Republic.  The following is his photographic journal and narrative of the events and the great story that transpired. […]

A Pediatric Heart Mission: The Dominican Republic [1]

(Click Image to View Entire Dominican Series) Editor’s Note: I want to thank Alfredo Lomeli, CST, an open heart surgical scrub technician from Lubbock, Texas,  and  volunteered his time to work on a pediatric mission to the Dominican Republic.  The following is his photographic journal and narrative of the events and the great story that transpired. […]

A Really Great NEW Perfusion Blog: By Brian forsberg

Editor’s Note: Brian Forsberg and I started communicating when I first began this blog.  He was always supportive and kind- and propped me up when there was so much contempt and hostility aimed at the blog (as well as me). I can only say thank you Brian- thank you for that. So he does a […]

Urgent Need : A Perfusionist for 2 weeks in Najaf, Iraq

Hello Frank, Is there any way you can post this urgent appeal for us? Thank you for anything you can do… Brian C. Forsberg, MPH CCP email response to:  brianforpres@aol.com We are in URGENT need of a Perfusionist for Two Weeks on the following trip.  Please let me know if you are available for this mission as […]

Perfusion Art: “Heme Jellyfish”

“Heme Jellyfish” _  ___________________Click Image to Enlarge Photographer:  Brian Forsberg, MPH, CCP Equipment:  iPhone 4 with instagram editing Editing:  instagram editing, Photoshop watercolor filter Narrative:   This is what happens when u drain an entire bag of cell saver into the cats by accident and then blood starts coming through…pretty cool looking Time & Place:  2012: […]

Perfusion Art: “Aortic Decannulation”

“Aortic Decannulation” _  ___________________Click Image to Enlarge Photographer:  Brian Forsberg, MPH, CCP Equipment:  iPhone 4 with instagram editing Editing:  instagram editing, Photoshop watercolor filter Narrative:   A photo of my personal manometer that travels on every trip with me.  We are good friends! Time & Place:  2012:  Nasiriyah, Iraq About The Artist: Brian volunteers his time […]

Letters From Ecuador: Comfort Zones … [8]

(Click Image to View Entire Ecuador Series) Editor’s Note: I want to thank Margaret R. Harrington, who was a perfusion student close to graduation, and volunteered her time to work with The International Children’s Heart Foundation (ICHF) and Brian Forsberg, MPH, CCP, on a pediatric mission to Ecuador.  The following is her narrative and insight- […]

The Perfusionist: Role in Surgery for Children with Congenital Heart Disease

I was going back and forth with Brian Forsberg, MPH, CCP, on twitter this evening discussing a lot of facets regarding international perfusion, and explosion of different avenues regarding research, humanitarian efforts, and perfusion mission work. First things first- Thank you Brian for what you bring to the table, for us as a profession, but […]

Letters From Ecuador : From this Day on, it was a Blur [7]

“If you are taught by the best, you will be the best. It was an absolute honor to get to scrub for Dr. Novick. It is nice to scrub for a surgeon who expects nothing but excellence, and it is even nicer when the surgeon recognizes your talent, and how hard you work your butt […]

Letters From Ecuador: Improvising [6]

(Click Image to View Entire Ecuador Series) Editor’s Note: I want to thank Margaret R. Harrington, who was a perfusion student close to graduation, and volunteered her time to work with The International Children’s Heart Foundation (ICHF) and Brian Forsberg, MPH, CCP, on a pediatric mission to Ecuador.  The following is her narrative and insight- […]

Letters From Ecuador : From West Texas [5]

(Click Image to View Entire Ecuador Series) Author: LaceyTodd, CORT, from West Texas, who volunteered her time as a pediatric cardiovascular scrub technician. Formalities … Frank, Here it be 🙂 Not sure how much you wanted, so feel free to leave anything out! Thanks for posting it! First of all, I would like to thank Frank/Circuit […]

Letters From Ecuador: Getting Started [4]

(Click Image to View Entire Ecuador Series) Editor’s Note: I want to thank Margaret R. Harrington, who was a perfusion student close to graduation, and volunteered her time to work with The International Children’s Heart Foundation (ICHF) and Brian Forsberg, MPH, CCP, on a pediatric mission to Ecuador.  The following is her narrative and insight- […]

Letters From Ecuador : Setting The Field Straight [3]

(Click Image to View Entire Ecuador Series) Author: Frank Aprile, writing from an initial conversation with LaceyTodd, CORT, who volunteered her time as a pediatric cardiovascular scrub technician. She  authors her own narrative on this adventure in future parts of this series… A Conversation and a Napkin… Is pretty much what this part of the […]

Letters From Ecuador: The Arrival [2]

(Click Image to View Entire Ecuador Series) Editor’s Note: I want to thank Margaret R. Harrington, who was a perfusion student close to graduation, and volunteered her time to work with The International Children’s Heart Foundation (ICHF) and Brian Forsberg, MPH, CCP, on a pediatric mission to Ecuador.  The following is her narrative and insight- […]

Letters From Ecuador: A Preview [1]

(Click Image to View Entire Ecuador Series) COMING SOON … = The Arrival… = A Scrub Techs Notes …. (on Tissue Paper) = A Student’s POV Click Here to Continue … International Children’s Heart Foundation Click to View our Website…

Perfusion Art: “Tools”

“Tools” _  ___________________Click Image to Enlarge Photographer:  Brian Forsberg, MPH, CCP Equipment:  Digital: Editing:  Hue & Saturation Narrative:   A photo of my personal manometer that travels on every trip with me.  We are good friends! Time & Place:  Dec 2012:  @Bustamante Children’s Hospital:  Guayaquil, Ecuador About The Artist: Brian volunteers his time @ ICHF as […]

Perfusion Art: “Midnight Watch”

“Midnight Watch” _____ Photographer:  Taken by Katya, MD of Minsk, Belarus Equipment:  Digital: Editing:  Hue & Saturation Narrative:   Waiting for a patient…checking blanket temp 🙂 Time & Place:  2012:  @hospital del Los Ninios:  Guayaquil, Ecuador About The Artist: Brian volunteers his time @ ICHF as a pediatric perfusionist. “I currently live in Miami and am […]

Perfusion Art: “Formalities”

“Formalities” _____ Photographer:  Brian C. Forsberg, MPH, CCP Equipment:  Digital: Editing:  Extrusion Filter Narrative:   Kahrkiv, Ukraine Time & Place:  Ukraine About The Artist: Brian volunteers his time @ ICHF as a pediatric perfusionist. “I currently live in Miami and am the  practice Manager of two medical practices, DeGraft-Johnson Medical assoc. on St. Croix and Thoracic Innovation […]

Perfusion Art: “Ukraine”

“Ukraine” _____ Photographer:  Brian C. Forsberg, MPH, CCP Equipment:  Digital: Editing:  Cropping Narrative:   Kahrkiv, Ukraine Time & Place:  Ukraine About The Artist: Brian volunteers his time @ ICHF as a pediatric perfusionist. “I currently live in Miami and am the  practice Manager of two medical practices, DeGraft-Johnson Medical assoc. on St. Croix and Thoracic Innovation based […]

Perfusion Art: “Night Vision”

“Night Vision” _____ Photographer:  Brian C. Forsberg, MPH, CCP Equipment:  Digital: Editing:  Cropping Narrative:   Ecuador, 2011:  No markings to identify manufacturer…handmade??? Maybe someone has used one of these.  Did not trust it as arterial pump.  Used as our sucker for all cases Time & Place:  Ecuador About The Artist: Brian volunteers his time @ ICHF […]

Perfusion Art: “The Package”

“The Package” _____ Photographer:  Brian C. Forsberg, MPH, CCP Equipment:  Digital: Editing:  Cropping Narrative:   Ecuador, 2011:  The Heart Lung Machine is delivered… Time & Place:  Ecuador About The Artist: Brian volunteers his time @ ICHF as a pediatric perfusionist. “I currently live in Miami and am the a practice Manager of two medical practices, DeGraft-Johnson […]