A Shout Out to Texas Children’s: Thank You !

Meet   Garett’s Dad … Editor’s Note: Some friends of mine had a baby boy almost two years ago.  His name is Garrett.  He was diagnosed with an interrupted aortic arch, and AP window, to go with an ASD. Needless to say- that was a pretty serious set of circumstances. So from there: Consults-flight to Houston-more […]

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 […]

From Our Indian Collegues: Anomalous Systemic Venous Return

= Editor’s Note: This is a series of extremely cogent presentations delivered by ISECT (Indian Society of Extracorporeal Circulation). Anomalous Systemic Venous Return Abnormal connections between the inferior vena cava, or right or left superior venae cavae to the right or left atrium may occur. A right-side anomaly (e.g., persistent left superior vena cava to […]

Methemoglobin (METHB)

I.    DESCRIPTION: Methemoglobin (METHB) is a condition by which oxygen molecules cannot bind to hemoglobin thus the patient presents with a distinct cyanosis.  The cyanosis occurs due to an  altered hemoglobin ion from the reduced form to the oxidized ferric molecule.  This molecule is not capable of binding to or releasing oxygen. The  distinct cyanosis […]

Fetal-Hemoglobin (HbF)

“The left shift of the oxyhemoblobin dissociation curve in the presence of significant quantities of HbF indicates that there is a propensity for low delivery of oxygen to tissues.” I.    DESCRIPTION: Fetal-hemoglobin (HbF) is an abnormal hemoglobin which is characterized by the presence of 2 alpha and 2 gamma chains in its structural configuration.  HbF […]

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 […]

A Day in the Life… [And Then Comes Sunday]

24 Hours… of ECMO Jesse  struggles to do a stretch during a therapy session with occupational therapist Megan Taylor on Tuesday, June 12, 2011. (Miranda Grubbs/ Lubbock Avalanche-Journal) Click Image Above to View Video Interview… The End and a new beginning This is the culmination of Jessie’s story.  His life is a new chapter now, […]

PICU Rocks !

ECMO @ Covenant Women & Children’s Hospital I don’t know about the rest of you all, but our pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) is a place that from the outside looks dreamy through a small child’s eyes, and on the inside represents the shoreline for many a shipwrecked souls. I have an interesting relationship with […]

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 […]

Pediatric Hearts in Iraq

Click to View Site and Read this Story… Got a quick note from my friend Brian Forsberg, and I followed the link which led me to the story I am highlighting above. I contacted the authors of this blog, because I liked what I saw, I liked the effort, and I especially was touched by […]

Media Scrum

(This is actually @ the End of the day…) An interesting day in the OR here. Every once in a while a high profile case that is deemed “media-worthy” falls into your lap. In this case it’s a charity pediatric ASD repair for a young girl from south of our southern borders. I’m a bystander […]

ICHF: A Man on a Mission: [2]

Author & Message:  Courtesy of Mr. Brian Forsberg, MPH, CCP ICHF Mission It is every child’s right to be born into a world where he or she can thrive, grow to be strong and make their parents proud. It is not, however, every child’s destiny. One in every 100 children born in the developing world […]

A Man on a Mission: [1]

Santa Domingo… I think we all have visions or dreams of what we find adventurous and fascinating about the field of perfusion.  I know I have thought of going to unusual places like Mongolia, or exotic South East Asian cities to work as a perfusionist.  Australia, New Zealand and the Maori warrior-spirit thing. Sepia toned […]

Hypoplastic Left Heart

Palliation for Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome Pediatric Heart Surgery Performed by Dr Redmond Burke – Click to View Miami Children’s Hospital Dr. Burke and his Team… “Palliation for Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome” Performed by Redmond Burke M.D. Pediatric Heart Surgery Miami Children’s Hospital Department of Cardiovascular Surgery www.pediatricheartsurgery.com Anesthesiologist: Danielle Madrill M.D. Pediatric Cardiologist: Abdul […]

Complete Atrio-Ventricular Canal

Complete Atrio-Ventricular Canal: CAVC Repair Pediatric Heart Surgery Performed by Dr Redmond Burke Thank you to  Dr. Golovenko  for sharing the above  link on Twitter… – Click to View Miami Children’s Hospital Dr. Burke and his Team… “Redmond Burke MD, Chief of Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery at Miami Children’s Hospital, demonstrates the operative repair and postoperative […]

Interrupted Aortic Arch VSD

Interrupted Aortic Arch VSD, IAAVSD Neonatal Repair Thank you to  Dr. Golovenko  for sharing the above  link on Twitter… Click to View Miami Children’s Hospital Dr. Burke and his Team… “This video shows the surgical technique for neonatal repair of Interrupted Aortic Arch and Ventricular Septal Defect. This is a rare congenital heart birth defect. […]