How Far do We Reach? Say Hello To Bursa…

Editor’s Note: This photo captured my imagination.  On many levels… It speaks to me because it shows the human spirit for what it truly is- and suggests that life is truly the grandest of adventures- thus well worth preserving (that’s what WE do). Bursa is in Turkey- it is NOT a sac of synovial fluid […]

The Novick Cardiac Alliance: An Introduction

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 for. Thus, this post is to once […]

Come Pump With Us This Summer 2015 !

Editor’s Note: I got an email from my good friend Brian Forsberg, CCP.  He is currently campaigning for a very fulfilling and worthy cause, and asking interested perfusionists to volunteer some of their time and join then on one of their many charitable pediatric missions. You will join a committed team in exotic countries, and […]

Heart-To-Heart: International Perfusion Missions

Editor’s Note: Other world perfusion is something I think I missed out on.  Can’t call it 3rd world- because it is after all OUR world. There is something exotically exciting about becoming involved in a mission- in a new and different country- and making such a huge difference to people you would otherwise never have met […]

Perfusion IRAQ: Hussein Najim

“For the situation in my country made me a man in every sense and I was able to achieve what you dreamed it despite the difficult circumstances in which we live. I wish to live in peace.” Click to enlarge.  An amazing photo 🙂 Editors ‘Note: I have followed Hussein Najim’s FB page for a […]

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 […]

A WORLD of Perfusionists…

– EACH dot- Represents a city that has visited CircuitSurfers 🙂 Established On :  2 / 20 / 2011 Owner & President:  Frank Aprile, BBA, LP, CCP Passing 405,000 + Visits… 194 countries and 450 + CV programs visit and contribute here. 965 Face Book Friends Readership Outreach:  10 Face Book Perfusion Group Memberships https://www.facebook.com/groups/perfusione.ita/  Italian […]

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 […]

Diversity- Thy Name is ‘Surfers …

Close to 3 Years ago…  We looked a bit like this… = Now, We are starting to look a little more like this. Editor’s Note: I was thinking today about international perfusion awareness and how new media (blogs, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, StumbleUpon) has played a role in terms of the entire global perfusion community […]

ICHF: Healing Hearts in Honduras

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: 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Getting Inter-Nation Dialogue: A Japanese FB Perfusion group !

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 the FB group perfusionist.JP founded by Hiroyuki Kuromitsu (Hiro) a Japanese perfusionist. I am Just learning about this site:  Click to view FB […]

Contributors : Thank You

Editor’s Note: The list below represents only some of  the perfusionists and individuals that have contributed to this website and made an effort to improve us all. In this case, the group below represnts the individuals who have donated pictures to the international perfusion art gallery.  A very fun and revealing project. There are so […]

It’s All the SAME LANGUAGE …

Click above to view Manoj Sharma’s FB page It’s All the Same … I put this up- because of how remarkably similar the cultures of cardiovascular perfusion are throughout the world.  It’s not a dynamic video- but it demonstrates what we all see on a routine basis. It was submitted on FB by Manoj Sharma […]

An Italian Perfusion Congress.. This WEEK !

“Professional identity of the perfusionist in the political and social context in Italy” May 31 – June 1 Topics are: -deontological and professional aspects of perfusion -legislation and evolution of professional profile -legal and medical liability -objectives of the Continuing Education Program and Registry -clinical risk management and perfusion -occupational stress, stress reaction and management […]

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 […]

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…

Mr. Sid Yarrow: Perfusion Pioneer

Perfusion Profiles Mr. Sid Yarrow:  New Zealander :  Perfusion Pioneer  To View All the Profile Series…  Click Here. A Pioneer Passes… Editors Note:  The first part of this story was posted by Tim Willcox, CCP (Australia) on Perflist. I felt it such an inspiring story, that I tried to dig up a little bit more […]

An Interview with A Perfusion Nomad…

An Interview with A Perfusion Nomad… Can you tell me a bit about yourself, how you came into perfusion down  under? I want to thank you of course, for taking your time to share your story. _________________________ Sreenivasulu Galaeti: Hi, Thanks for your mail, I am Perfusionsit from India, I worked in India, Saudi Arabia, […]