Perfusion Life: Why We Do This

Editor’s Note: I do a lot of “why we do this” posts, not because it is rhetorical or thought provoking, but because we as a profession are pioneers as well.  In the past 40 years, the technological achievements in cardiac medicine defy belief at times, in that we have come so far- so very quickly. […]

Perfusion Life: Storms- Inside & Out

Editor’s Note: Well I got a quick message (see above) from my friend Paul DiGregorio from the Northern Indiana area where I come by and help out once in awhile. Looks like he and I are dealing with to separate storms.  His is obviously clinical- (ECMO-Land), and mine is of the the other kind…  8-10 inches […]

Perfusion Life: Music Helps …

Editor’s Note: I think most of us have dealt with and observed the fluctuations of moods during heart ops.  Things can get tense, then critical, then over the hump during an iffy part of the operation.  Music seems to play a role with us in the OR.  It is something that can’t be ignored… The […]

Why We Do This [11] The Real Lives That LVADER’S Live…

Editor’s Note: In a continuation of the theme- that at times we question why we do some of the operations we do– or give the effort we give, I offer the suggestion that people are indeed far more resilient then we give them credit for, and that our constant exposure to the sickest of the […]

Why We Do This: [ 9 ] Diving With Dolphins

Editor’s Note: This is a a video of people that choose to live and interact. One of the many reasons that we as perfusionists do what we do- preserve and commit to lives we may not be familiar with- but lives that are to be cherished. Thanks for all you do 🙂 My best friend’s daughter- […]

Perfusion Life: This Should Make Your Day!

Make 2016 COUNT ! Editor’s Note: Every once in awhile something comes across your desk (or screen) that is thought provoking and inspiring enough- to detach for a minute from out of our medicine clustered lives- and recognize the human spirit for what it is. -Magnificent!  It is because of because of inspiration that live’s are worth […]

Perfusion Life: A Colorful Song…

A Magical Song from Saudi Arabia Editor’s Note: Every once in awhile something comes across your desk (or screen) that is thought provoking and inspiring enough- to detach for a minute from out medicine clustered life- and recognize the human spirit for what it is. -Magnificent!  It is because of because of inspiration that live’s are worth […]

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 […]

Why I want to be a Perfusionist? I want to save lives.

Editor’s Note: I got this message in the comments section.  I don’t know exactly what the question is:  Looking to get into school- or just graduated and looking for a position? What is clear to me is that this was a very compelling narrative about our profession- So let’s help him / her out shall […]

We Look for Flat Lines ___________

Well, it was one of those days… Unspoken Silence: When everyone worries…  We Look to get past this morning’s -double-or-triple-valve-something, one step at a time. And they were hard steps. The double-valve-something reemerged as it had been canceled a couple of days prior. The unspoken,  shared concern- was that this was a case that had the […]

Diary of a Perfusion Slave: The Internship

Giorgiarobertandrea Isidoro COMING SOON Editors Note: Giorgiarobertandrea Isidoro is a student I met on FB a couple of years ago.  She has completed her perfusion training in Italy, and is going to do a perfusion internship in Rome.  She will pe submitting a picture diary of her life as a Roman perfusion intern, and all […]

Perfusion Turkey: A Collage from Kosuyolu Hospital, Istanbul.

A Perfusion Conference, Turkey Editor’s Note: I was on FB and got a message from Mehmet Çetintaş, a Turkish perfusionist that I have seen online for quite awhile.  He asked me to post some pictures he took of his life as a perfusionist in Istanbul Turkey. By his count they perform (or have performed) : 142 […]

Perfusion Life: Our Similarities in Malaysia …

Click on image above to visit Malaysian Pefrusion Group FB page… Editor’s Note: I was surfing some Perfusion FB groups, and I came upon the pictures below and a post from a Malaysian perfusionist. The FB perfusion group is named Malaysian Perfusionist, and it has 95 members. It is another example of how similar our […]

Perfusion Life: Why We Do This [ 7 ] The Pets…

Editor’s Note: I’s Sunday morning!  And if you are tying it all back to a perfusion related topic- if you please- revisit the title:  “Why We Do This“.  Enough physics, physiology, selfless dedication, profound concepts, and what not-  today it’s back to basics, and a reminder of what drives us to become better at what […]

Perfusion Life: Why We Do This [ 6 ]

An Inspiring Duet 🙂 Editor’s Note: Chilling out on a Saturday evening.  And if you are tying it all back to a perfusion related topic- if you please- revisit the title:  “Why We Do This“.  Enough physics, physiology, selfless dedication, profound concepts, and what not-  today it’s back to basics, and a reminder of what […]

La Familia

Guardian of Casa Aprile Editor’s Note: Sometimes you have to take a step back to take a breath of life- and then move on forward. Today is one of those days… Quite a while ago I was there when I caught my 1st glimpse of my brother Hugh. I was too young to really go […]

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 […]

Mentors & CPB

We ALL have our stories … Colleen There was a moment when I heard the words “a Zero pressure- and v-fib is INCOMPATIBLE WITH LIFE !” And she was right.  She meant it.  She meant it every single moment that you were dedicated to a pump run.  I would see her at the end of […]

Even Perfusionists Have to Sell Girl Scout Cookies !

Yep… We have reached that moment where for better or worse-  this blog ventures briefly into the realm of solicitation. Time to help with cookie sales for my daughter Kimberly- So please order a bunch of cookies to help her out- Hey it’s part of being a Dad in America.  And I am lucky enough […]

Perfusion Life: Why We Do This [ 5 ]

It’s Just a Box Right ? Editor’s Note: Well, after a disturbing weekend I find myself in the groove again.  Knocked out a quick AVR with friends Dianne, Jack, Collin, Nikki, & Kristina- and two really talented heart surgeons (they are kinda friends as well). So I get home, and of course it IS getting […]

Perfusion Life: Why We Do This [ 4 ]

My best friend’s kids…  They are an amazing expression. Editor’s Note: Everybody has a best friend.  Someone we care about now, or was that person as you learned how to ride a bike with (or at least how to kinduv  fall off from one), chased careless cloud dreams with, walked all the away across town […]

Perfusion Life: Why We do This [ 3 ]

Editor’s Note: I think it’s important to recognize one of the things we try to preserve the most when placing patients on bypass:  Cognition. Not just a coherent thought process- rather to retain within the individual- that what makes them so unique- the ability to think creatively, and enunciate to the world- their own UNIQUE […]

Perfusion Life: Why We do This [ 2 ]

Editor’s Note: Just another one of those moments when I step back and think of the majesty that is life- and why we struggle and work so hard to preserve it.   Remember the fact that you play such a vital role in the continuation of another soul’s journey. Enjoy this!  And ENJOY your life… 🙂 […]