Career Perfusionist [19] A Day in the Life of a Perfusionist …

Editor’s Note: Here is an excellent video brought to you by the Perfusion Department at the University Health Network, Toronto General Hospital site to showcase the role of the perfusionist for National Perfusion Week 2016. Thanks to our Canadian brothers to the North, you get to see a brief glimpse of what a career in […]

On Being a Perfusionist: The Perfect Recovery from an Adverse Situation

ON BEING A PERFUSIONIST I think we are reminded of our human fallibility (the potential to err is in all of us) every day we pump a case. With so many steps and moving parts in the equation, the goal is to choreograph out a perfect “10” every single time. Of course that doesn’t always […]

From Belgium: What is a Perfusionist?

Editor’s Note: Below you will see a very inspiring video detailing the scope of practice of a perfusionist, and describing the vast array of talents as well as the personal fortitude that is required to seriously engage the profession. I want to thank Dr. Verhofste for forwarding me this video, and allowing me to share […]

HEROS! A Job Shadowing Experience

“I now understand even more why someone would want to go in this line of work; these men and women in the OR make a difference, together they do something incredible, literally life altering, they are nothing short of modern day hero’s.” Editor’s Note: This is a narrative from a future perfusion student who job-shadowed […]

My Perfusion Job Shadowing Experience: Day 1

Click HERE to view entire series 🙂 Editor’s Note: This is part 1 of what is going to be a 3-part series- the first two posts presented by a young, soon-to-be medical professional who job shadowed for two days with me.  The last will be a re-post of something I had written- that reflects the […]

My Perfusion Job Shadowing Experience: Day 2

Click HERE to view entire series 🙂 Editor’s Note: This is part 2 of what is a 3-part series- these first two posts presented by a young, soon-to-be medical professional who job shadowed for two days with me.   He is soon to graduate from a very prestigious university here in Texas, and has more than established […]

My Perfusion Job Shadowing Experience: Day 3

Click HERE to view entire series 🙂 Editor’s Note: This is part 3 of what is a 3-part series- two posts are presented by a young, soon-to-be medical professional who job shadowed for two days with me.  This last post will be a re-post of something I had written- that was about this particular case- that reflects […]

Career Perfusionist [18] On Being A Perfusionist …

  ON BEING A PERFUSIONIST I think we are reminded of our human fallibility (the potential to err is in all of us) every day we pump a case. With so many steps and moving parts in the equation, the goal is to choreograph out a perfect “10” every single time. Of course that doesn’t […]

Career Perfusionist [16] We ALL Have an MD in our Skill Set

Nadia Azuero, B.S., CCP, LP Editor’s Note: Nadia Azureo, CCP, BS, LP,  has been a perfusionist for quite some time, and is a very active contributor here at Circuit Surfers. She is very talented, precise, and obviously committed to delivering extraordinary care to her patients. Nadia is currently going to med school.. More Significantly, she […]

Career Perfusionist [17] Perfusion Links…

Editor’s Note: I was reading online at the ANZP website, and came across their Links section.  I had seen it before and was impressed at the thoroughness and organization of the information, so I thought I would share it with the rest of our colleagues in the perfusion universe. It’s pretty handy and impressive. Thank […]

Career Perfusionist [15] I PASSED MY BOARDS !

I PASSED MY BOARDS !  Javed Aswani, CCP I’m officially official!! CCP- Certified Clinical Perfusionist! A big thank you to all the support provided by my amazing family, friends, instructors from SUNY, and colleagues from CCHMC! Editor’s Note: Perfusion is a very hard yet calculated field of endeavor. School is tough- instructors are tougher- and […]

Career Perfusionist [14] The Occasional Moment …

Perfusion is a very hard yet calculated field of endeavor.  To get there- well that’s hard.  Actually very hard.  When I interviewed, it was 4 candidates out of 250 + applicants. Does that mean you are better?  Cream of the crop type of stuff?  Are you the best thing that has ever walked and knocked […]

Career Perfusionist: [13] The Extracorporeal Circuit

The Extracorporeal Circuit Diversion of blood from the operative site, via an extracorporeal circuit (ECC) is necessary to proceed with open heart surgery .  Vascular access leading to the right side of the heart (venous) and ejecting from the left side of the heart (arterial) is shunted from the patient to the heart lung machine. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Career Perfusionist: [6] The Heart-Lung Machine

Perf 101:  The Extracorporeal Circuit Diversion of blood from the operative site, via an extracorporeal circuit (ECC) is necessary to proceed with open heart surgery .  Vascular access leading to the right side of the heart (venous) and ejecting from the left side of the heart (arterial) is shunted from the patient to the heart […]

Career Perfusionist: [4] What Makes a Perfusionist ?

If what you did yesterday seems big-  You haven’t done anything today…  – Lou Holtz “Becoming a perfusionist wasn’t a reflection of education as much as it was an investment in experience.” So this is a Perfusion Blog, and what does any of that have to do with us? Well to begin with- we weren’t […]

Career Perfusionist: [3] Programs & Certification

Certification bodies/associations American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion – American certification body. Canadian Society of Clinical Perfusion Australian and New Zealand College of Perfusionists – Australian and New Zealand Association of Perfusionists. Australasian Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion – The Australian and New Zealand Certification Body. American Academy of Cardiovascular Perfusion – An American-based association of perfusionists. […]

Career Perfusionist: [2] Training & Education

Training and Education of Perfusionists In the United States, a bachelor’s degree or junior-level prerequisites with concentrations in biology, chemistry, anatomy and physiology are required to be admitted to a perfusion program. As of 2012, there were 17 perfusion training programs in the United States. Training typically consists of two years of academic and clinical […]

Career Perfusionist: [1] What is a Perfusionist ?

The perfusionist, also known as a clinical perfusionist or a cardiovascular perfusionist, is a specialized healthcare professional who use the heart-lung machine during cardiac surgery and other surgeries that require cardiopulmonary bypass to manage the patient physiological status. The perfusionist is a highly trained member of the cardiothoracic surgical team which consists of cardiac surgeons, […]