And… Eye Contact HAS Been Made…

Editor’s Note: Establishing eye contact is a very important part of the process. It unifies the team, ensures we are all on the same page, and is a subtle assessment of our own state of readiness. It is this last piece of the check list (see below) that brings me to acknowledge a very competent […]

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And… Eye Contact HAS Been Made…

Editor’s Note: Establishing eye contact is a very important part of the process. It unifies the team, ensures we are all on the same page, and is a subtle assessment of our own state of readiness. It is this last piece of the check list (see below) that brings me to acknowledge a very competent […]

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 […]

STONE Heart: Mechanisms of Injury

Editor’s Note: My colleague and I were doing case together the other day and we discussed why I typically give calcium chloride only after the heart is warm, and has been re-perfused + in normal sinus rhythm for at least 10 minutes. I mentioned the concept of stone heart, a perfusion nightmare that I have never […]

A Locum’s ScrapBook: Home2 Suites/Hilton & The 3 Musketeers

Editor’s Note: As part of this series A Locum’s ScrapBook, I tried to detail every aspect of perfusion life that traveling contract perfusionists such as myself encounter during our travels to various contract sites. I’ve done a few reviews of places that I stayed because I think it’s important and relevant to travelers such as […]

From CNA to Perfusion Student? Why Our Job Shadow Registry Matters…

Editor’s Note: I got a phone call yesterday from a young lady named Raven, who interestingly enough as an undergraduate degree in biology and is going for a Masters in epidemiology. On top of it, her sister is an MDA and Raven herself has worked as a CNA to garner the experience prerequisite to applying […]

Perfusion Mission- AFRICA! A Request for Donated Perfusion Equipment

Editor’s Note: I got an email today from my friend Brian Forsberg, CCP, and one of my earliest supporters when I first started this Circuit Surfers mission. He was instrumental in encouraging me to stand tall when so many in the perfusion community wanted to cut this blog down to its knees. Nobody thought it […]