911: The Call that Wakes Us…

Editor’s Note: It seems hard to believe that it’s been 18 years since September 11, 2001. Just like everyone else I remember exactly where I was the moment I found out that our innocence was lost and that we were under attack. The 9/11 date infers an odd coincidence considering the national call-sign for any […]

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911: The Call that Wakes Us…

Editor’s Note: It seems hard to believe that it’s been 18 years since September 11, 2001. Just like everyone else I remember exactly where I was the moment I found out that our innocence was lost and that we were under attack. The 9/11 date infers an odd coincidence considering the national call-sign for any […]

Excerpts from: Heart Surgery in America: A Collage of Triumphs & Pitfalls

Editor’s Note: This book is NOW over 90% written- The title of the book is “The Tips of Spears- An Inside Look At Heart Surgery in America” It is a rendering of the reality, sometimes sad and at times funny, emotional, and clinical vignettes of the many different aspects relating to open heart surgery- from […]

Perfusion Art: “Stay Focused”

Perfusion Art: “Stay Focused” Photographer: Saso Stoilov-CCP Equipment: iphone7plus Editing: Unknown  Narrative: Stay Focused Time & Place: Acibadem Sistina Hospital,Skopje 2019 About The Artist:  Perfusionist Commentary: NA

Perfusion Art: “Life Swirl…”

Perfusion Art: “Life Swirl…” Photographer: Julie Mokry, CCP Equipment:  IPhone something Editing: Multiple Filters   Narrative: N/A Time & Place: Santa Rosa, CA, 2019 About The Artist:  Perfusionist Commentary: Hey, Frank!  If you want to use these…

Perfusion Art: “Suckers On…”

Perfusion Art: “Suckers On…” Photographer: Julie Mokry, CCP Equipment:  IPhone something Editing: Multiple Filters   Narrative: N/A Time & Place: Santa Rosa, CA, 2019 About The Artist:  Perfusionist Commentary: Hey, Frank!  If you want to use these…

Excerpts from: Heart Surgery in America: Case Cancelled…

Editor’s Note: This book is NOW over 90% written- The title of the book is “The Tips of Spears- An Inside Look At Heart Surgery in America” It is a rendering of the reality, sometimes sad and at times funny, emotional, and clinical vignettes of the many different aspects relating to open heart surgery- from […]

Perfusion Policies 101: Agatroban

Editor’s Note: Well it was one of those mornings where you are driving into work to do a routine cell saver case when all of a sudden your phone blows up and you are getting calls from the hospital operating room desk as well as several colleagues trying to figure out what is going on […]

Perfusion Policies 101: Custodial Cardioplegia

Editor’s Note: Renee is a colleague I work with quite often.  She is an amazing perfusionist as well as administrator, mom, and just a decent all around human being. She has a pretty scathing wit- so beware.   She offered to share a policy on the administration of CUSTODIAL THK Cardioplegia.  This is a collaborative […]

Cardiac Enzymes & BioMarkers 101

Editor’s Note: One of the strongest aspects of this blog is that it represents real-time issues as they occur in my life/arena or to others in either my clinical circle, or my family and friends. In this case, the point of this refresher article is to help and assist the latter in terms of understanding […]

Excerpts From Heart Surgery in America: Forged by Fire…

Editor’s Note: This book is NOW over 3/4 written, It is a rendering of the reality, sometimes sad and at times funny, emotional, and clinical vignettes of the many different aspects relating to open heart surgery- from the perspective of a perfusionist. This book is a commentary not only on the intricacies of heart surgery, […]

Perfusion Art: “OVerTheTop”

Perfusion Art: “OVerTheTop” Photographer:  Adam Equipment:  IPhone something Editing:  Multiple Filters   Narrative: From behind a CellSaver Reservoir Time & Place:   Northern Indiana, 2019 About The Artist:  Perfusionist Commentary:  An Unusual Angle 🙂

Don’t Let Them Do It! Minimizing Potentially Stupid & Avoidable Mishaps…

Editor’s Note: I got a phone call from a friend of mine, a perfusion colleague… (let’s just call her JE) the other day, and it was in regards to asking me if there was any available literature or policy that was out there regarding NOT having  sterile water on your operating back table during open […]