An ECMO in OMAN: FB Discussion

Editor’s Note: I saw this discussion on the Perfusion.com Group FB page, and thought it merited a post here on ‘Surfes– to demonstrate how effective new media communication can be in real time. Please feel free to add to the discussion 🙂 Frank = Saleh Al Harthy Yesterday at 9:36am · Al Amarat, Oman – […]

The Nepal Earthquake: Can Perfusionists Help?

    Editor’s Note: I spared the worst pictures, with so much tragedy in Nepal- all I can ask is how we as a community can help.  I know there are many many GoFundMe’s and what not- but in this case perhaps we as a perfusion community can reach out and help one of our […]

2015 : A Perfusion Flash Mob

Editor’s Note: I have been doing this for 4 years now, and am astonished to see the outpouring of community spirit by perfusionists from all over the globe.  We used to not know each other :).  It reminded me a bit of a flash mob. A flash mob (or flashmob) is a group of people who […]

The William Novick Cardiac Alliance: We Need Perfusionists !

The William Novick Cardiac Alliance Dear Friends, We are very pleased to announce The William Novick Global Cardiac Alliance, a new foundation formed by Dr. William Novick and the clinical and administrative staff he has mentored and shared his vision with for the past 21 years. The Novick Cardiac Alliance is committed to bringing sustainable […]

The William Novick Cardiac Alliance: We Need Perfusionists !

The William Novick Cardiac Alliance To volunteer or make an inquiry please email  Brian C. Forsberg MPH CCP. Dear Friends We are very pleased to announce The William Novick Global Cardiac Alliance, a new foundation formed by Dr. William Novick and the clinical and administrative staff he has mentored and shared his vision with for […]

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 […]

Mission Pictures from Cambodia: A Photo Essay by an Australian Perfusionist

Induction Editors Note: I received a series of wonderful pictures from a perfusionist in Australia.  They were stunning really- so I asked if there was a story behind them, as I wanted to put them in the Art Gallery- but was too intrigued by the photos themselves. So I got a response, and a very […]

JASECT 2014: A Japanese Perfusion Art Gallery

Click to view image Editor’s Note: I sent out a post on FB to get more people from the international perfusion community- to consider participating in the perfusion art gallery.  Here is one response: Dear Mr. Frank Aprile Please find attached a picture. This picture was taken by Takuma Douguchi. Please let me know if […]

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 […]

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 […]

Art from Japan [ 10 ] JASECT

Click to view image Editor’s Note: I sent out a post on FB to get more people from the international perfusion community- to consider participating in the perfusion art gallery.  Here is one response: Dear Mr. Frank Aprile Please find attached a picture. This picture was taken by Takuma Douguchi. Please let me know if […]

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. […]

Perfusion Connections 101: Italy Meets India

Editors Note: I got this picture from from my overseas friend, Dario Fichera, an Italian perfusionist that is very involved in the international perfusion community. (Dario has been involved in perfusion mission work to Africa .) He is with another friend who looms very prominently in the Indian perfusion community- Bijender Singh Bali. Both were […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Street_ECMO

Click images to enlarge Editors Note: I got an email from my overseas friend, Dario Fichera, an Italian perfusionist that is very involved in the international perfusion community. (Dario has been involved in perfusion mission work to Africa .) Below are some pictures of a mobile ECMO (Street ECMO) emergency aid station that the Italians […]

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 South Korea: An Interview with Lee Jinkwon

Lee Jinkwon of South Korea Click image to visit site Sejong general hospital was founded in 1982. In 1987, the hospital has developed an artificial heart for the first time in Korea, and transplanted it into a calf with a 45 days maintenance record (which has not yet been broken in Korea). The quality of […]

Desert Heart- ICHF in Iraq

Editors Note: I first heard of the International Children’s Heart Foundation and it’s founder and Medical Director, Dr. Bill Novick, from interviews and dialogue with Brian Forsberg, MPH, CCP. Here are some details of scope of their mission: Published on Jan 22, 2013 As US troops were ending their mission a Babyheart mission had just […]

We Made It To Z Big Time !

Perfusionist Blogger Frank Aprile of Circuitsurfers.com Interviews Dr. Novick Click images to view source article … Editors Note: I first heard of the International Children’s Heart Foundation and it’s founder and Medical Director, Dr. Bill Novick, from interviews and dialogue with Brian Forsberg, MPH, CCP. And now it seems that a recent interview with Dr. […]

A Discussion from Japan [ 9 ] An Adult ECMO Circuit

Facebook Thread Authored By:  Hiroyuki Kuromitsu (Hiro) Editor’s Note: Once again, just checking early morning news and chatter on Facebook, and another interesting discussion rears it’s head.  This discussion can be found on this Japanese FB group- https://www.facebook.com/groups/perfusionist.JP/ This thread was started by one of our Japanese colleagues, Hiroyuki Kuromitsu (Hiro) And… The Discussion… Any […]

We Need Perfusionists ! An Interview With World Famous Pediatric Heart Surgeon- Dr. Novick

“I told them that if we did not employ a form of ECMO in the next few minutes the child would die.” Click images to enlarge … Editors Note: I first heard of Dr. Bill Novick, from interviews and dialogue with Brian Forsberg, MPH, CCP. As well, two members from our open-heart our team-  surgical […]

Heart Surgeon Reluctant to Leave Sudan for Oscars

Click images to enlarge Editors Note: I got an email from my overseas friend, Dario Fichera, an Italian perfusionist that is very involved in the international perfusion community. (Dario has been involved in perfusion mission work to Africa himself.) Below is the story he submitted- and I felt was compelling and very heart warming (no […]

From South Korea: A Very Cool Peds Perfusion Video

Editor’s Note: Was checking out some perfusion Facebook groups, and came across a very cool perfusion video from  Lee Jinkwon (a South Korean perfusionist). Here is his introduction: Lee Jinkwon “Hello, My name is Lee Jinkwon. South Korea, Sejong general Hospital Congenital cardiac sugery team, Perfusionist.. I introduce to our Neonate circuit. We use to […]

DextraCardia in Adult CPB

Click image to enlarge Editor’s Note: Once again, just checking early morning news and chatter on Facebook, and another interesting idea rears it’s head.  It involved a picture of a “right Sided” heart. The thread is on Giuseppe Salerno’s online Perfusion group- Gruppo dei Perfusionisti !!! It can be found by clicking here… Dextracadia and […]

From Italy [ 3 ] A FaceBook Page You NEED to Visit …

Founder of: Gruppo dei Perfusionisti !!! Editor’s Note: I met Giuseppe Salerno on Facebook after he invited me to join his online perfusion group (see above).  I left a couple of links to posts on his group page, and next thing you know- my site blew up!  I logged about 600 hits in an hour […]

Italians, Reggae, & CPB

Editor’s Note: This is a FUN video of how the Italians perform cardiac surgery.  It’s fascinating to see the similarities and such few differences (other than ECC parts and protocol). Enjoy 🙂 = CPB @ Our Institution: = Compliments To: Dario Fichera Update “This video was made when I worked in Switzerland, not in Italy! […]

Giuseppe Salerno : Talking With …

Founder of: Gruppo dei Perfusionisti !!! I met Giuseppe on Facebook after he invited me to join his online perfusion group (see above).  I left a couple of links to posts on his group page, and next thing you know- my site blew up!  I logged about 600 hits in an hour or so. Basically […]