Management of weaning from cardiopulmonary bypass after cardiac surgery

Editor’s Note: Oddly enough, I was searching for some information regarding observed hypotensive states post CPB- associated with pump blood reinfusion, when I came upon this very cogent and well written article. ¬†So I diverted my attention for the time being, to sharing this resource. Ill get back to the previous search later ūüôā Enjoy […]

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Management of weaning from cardiopulmonary bypass after cardiac surgery

Editor’s Note: Oddly enough, I was searching for some information regarding observed hypotensive states post CPB- associated with pump blood reinfusion, when I came upon this very cogent and well written article. ¬†So I diverted my attention for the time being, to sharing this resource. Ill get back to the previous search later ūüôā Enjoy […]

Perfusion Policies 101: Angiomax

Editor’s Note: The use of alternatives to heparin in terms of managing anicoagulation doesn’t come up often. ¬†It’s easy to get a bit rusty when it comes to using exotic agents such as Ancrod (Hirudin), Angiomax and similar agents. So here is a brief refresher, and as always- a disclaimer here: ¬†Use this information with […]

A Letter to ‘Surfers : Redneck- or Bleeding Liberal ?

“Bring It ! “ Editor’s Note: I got this letter today, and found it pretty funny. No harm and no foul either way i answer… I enjoyed the letter and was humbled that anyone would really care enough to take the time to wonder ūüôā = From Mr. Martin: (Australia) Hi Frank I am about […]

Survey Results: ECC Setups

Pre-Assembled ECC’s and the Rationale Behind Them… Authored by:¬† Jeff Campbell, MPS, CCP,CCT; Frank Aprile, BBA, LP, CCP;¬† – Survey Design:¬† Frank Aprile, BBA, LP, CCP; Jeff Campbell, MPS, CCP, CCT; Discussion: The reasons perfusionists have increasingly adopted the practice of a having pre-assembled dry or wet ECC over the past decade may be multi-factorial.¬† […]

A Locum’s ScrapBook: The UpSide of Traveling… BOOK IT!

  Editor‚Äôs Note:   To view the entire “Locum’s ScrapBook” series- click here My life is Family First and then Perfusion. ¬†I switched from staff perfusionist¬†to becoming a Locum’s traveler to make sure my kids and family would have a solid place to call home. ¬†I travel because it puts me in charge of my […]

Verbal, Sexual, Emotional, and Intellectual Abuse Coming from The Open Heart Room: # Perfusion2

“What shocked me the most, something that I hadn’t considered- was the physical escalation of Physician behavior from hands-on physical violations of personal space, to¬†variants¬†of brute force- up to and including Rape..” YEP-¬† That Pretty Much Sums it Up… Editor’s Note: Over the past few months, putting this survey together and constantly poking and prodding […]

88% of Female Respondents Claim a Hostile Work Environment in the CV Surgery Arena! # Perfusion2 Survey Results

“Essentially, what the female candidate entering this specialized field of medicine needs to reckon with is that almost 9 out of 10 of them will experience some sort of harassment or hostility in their workplace…” YEP-¬† That Pretty Much Sums it Up… Editor’s Note: Over the past few months, putting this survey together and constantly […]

A Locum’s ScrapBook: “Enuff to Survive- But NOT to Thrive…”

“Not a lot about heart surgery here- unless you want to draw a comparison of the title of the post¬†‚ÄúEnuff to Survive- But NOT to Thrive‚Ķ‚Ä̬†as a metaphor for hypo-perfusion?”   Editor‚Äôs Note:   To view the entire “Locum’s ScrapBook” series- click here My life is Family First and then Perfusion. ¬†I switched from staff […]

Our O.R. Work Environment is 3.5 x UNHEALTHIER than the American Business Sector!

“My POV represents 45 years of on the job-¬† first hand exposure to the politics and social dynamics of medical personalities and interactions.” YEP-¬† That Pretty Much Sums it Up… Editor’s Note: Over the past few months, putting this survey together and constantly poking and prodding on social media to suggest participation- had certainly made […]

A Locum’s ScrapBook: Moving Forward & Remembering the Past… 911

  Editor‚Äôs Note:   To view the entire “Locum’s ScrapBook” series- click here My life is Family First and then Perfusion. ¬†I switched from staff perfusionist¬†to becoming a Locum’s traveler to make sure my kids and family would have a solid place to call home. ¬†I travel because it puts me in charge of my […]

“Perfusion Doodle Art”

“Perfusion Doodle Art” Photographer:¬† John Norico Sorio, Philippine Heart Center Equipment: ¬†IPhone something Editing:¬† Cropping:¬†¬† Narrative:¬† Doodle Art Time & Place:¬† ¬†Philippines 7/10/18 About The Artist:¬† Perfusionist Commentary:¬†¬†Sent from my Huawei Mobile

Losing Your Cell Saver Capability: A Survey…

Editor’s Note:   If you showed up at a Hospital where you were Providing Perfusion Services, and happened to be called in for an early morning add-on Cell-Saver- and suddenly discovered that there were no cell saver machines in the entire OR? How would you react?¬† The decision to remove the cell savers being made […]

A Locum’s ScrapBook: Super Charging Your Hypothermic Cardioplegia- “A Work Around…”

  Editor‚Äôs Note:   To view the entire “Locum’s ScrapBook” series- click here My life is Family First and then Perfusion. ¬†I switched from staff perfusionist¬†to becoming a Locum’s traveler to make sure my kids and family would have a solid place to call home. ¬†I travel because it puts me in charge of my […]

Farewell to a Noble Man: John McCain :(

Editor’s Note: This blog has always been about life, preserving it, improving it, and sustaining it.¬† I can think of no one better than John McCain to emulate those principles more succinctly.¬† I leave you with this quote that is a fine code of conduct for each of us as we navigate our lives and […]

#Perfusion2: Survey Results: Comments & Reactions

“It’s all straight up- no room for the so many permutations of insane Napoleon complexes and the subsequent punitive delivery that deflects attention away from unskilled or poor performance and self-edifies whatever dialogue needs to happen to struggle to the finish line.”   YEP-¬† That Pretty Much Sums it Up… Editor’s Note: Over the past […]

Survey Results 1 : #Perfusion2

YEP-¬† That Pretty Much Sums it Up… Editor’s Note:   Over the past few months, putting this survey together and constantly poking and prodding on social media to suggest participation- had certainly made me think whether or not “it was over the top” or “overly sensitive”- or a “grow a pair” (which is in-and-of-itself completely […]