Jehovah’s Witness & Open Heart Bypass

Jehova’s Winesses:  A Background Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that the Bible prohibits ingesting blood and that Christians should therefore not accept blood transfusions or donate or store their own blood for transfusion.[1] Watch Tower Society publications teach that the Witnesses’ refusal of transfusions of whole blood or its four primary components—red cells, white cells, platelets and […]

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Jehovah’s Witness & Open Heart Bypass

Jehova’s Winesses:  A Background Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that the Bible prohibits ingesting blood and that Christians should therefore not accept blood transfusions or donate or store their own blood for transfusion.[1] Watch Tower Society publications teach that the Witnesses’ refusal of transfusions of whole blood or its four primary components—red cells, white cells, platelets and […]

Post A Perfusion Event or Unique Issue…

  Editors Note: This is a new Section.  We are trying to develop a database of common or not-so-common problems encountered by perfusionists during CPB. This is not an “Incident Report” section.  It’s really more of a registry of the odd things that can happen on bypass- as opposed to submitting a department report or […]

International CQI: Current Participant Registry: N=160

Editors Note: This is a new Section.  We are trying to develop a database of common or not-so-common problems encountered by perfusionists during CPB. This is not an “Incident Report” section.  It’s really more of a registry of the odd things that can happen on bypass- as opposed to submitting a department report or seminal […]

International Perfusion CQI: SpreadSheet Data

Editors Note: This is a new Section.  We are trying to develop a database of common or not-so-common problems encountered by perfusionists during CPB. This is not an “Incident Report” section.  It’s really more of a registry of the odd things that can happen on bypass- as opposed to submitting a department report or seminal […]

International CQI: USA: Cardioplegia Line Kinked

Editors Note: This is a new Section. We are trying to develop a database of common or not-so-common problems encountered by perfusionists during CPB. Please join us by clicking the Link Above if you have had any sort of unusual event you would like to share. Please email details if you feel that your story […]

Perfusion Vacancy and Turnover Rates Survey

Editor’s Note: I got this email the other day- it’s for a perfusion/employment/turnover/vacancy survey put forward by our colleague Mike Culligan, RN CCP- In light of the current perfusion manpower shortage- it might be a valuable tool to assess the situation from a data driven perspective?  Feel free to participate if you are so inclined. […]

A Locum’s ScrapBook: The Week in Pictures- Last week of Jan 2019

Editor’s 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 life, it […]

Perfusion Art: “Harnessed Life”

  Perfusion Art: “Harnessed Life” Photographer:  Frank Aprile, CCP Equipment:  IPhone something Editing:  Water Color Filter   Narrative:  On Bypass Baybee!!! Time & Place:   Northern Indiana, 2019 About The Artist:  Perfusionist Commentary:  An amazing view of the tentacles of life 🙂   Another Variant of this Picture 🙂

Giapreza: A Synthetic Human Angiotensin II: Rx for Vasoplegia in CV Surgery?

Editor’s Note: I was having a conversation with my heart surgeon here in the upper Midwest- when he mentioned a newer medication- Giaprezza (A Synthetic Human Angiotensin II: as potential Rx for Vasoplegia associated post CPP in CV Surgery). Since I needed to educate myself on this drug, I thought I would look it up […]

Perfusion Art: “Easter Island”

Perfusion Art: “Easter Island” Photographer:  Frank Aprile, CCP Equipment:  IPhone something Editing:  Water Color Filter   Narrative:  Ist Assistant Jacek- Harvesting an SVG Graft Time & Place:   Northern Indiana, 2018 About The Artist:  Perfusionist Commentary:  POV- From the Ground Up

Perfusion Art: “EchoMANIA”

Perfusion Art: “EchoMANIA” Photographer:  Frank Aprile, CCP Equipment:  IPhone something Editing:  Water Color Filter   Narrative:  Preop- ECHO 101 Time & Place:   Northern Indiana, 2018 About The Artist:  Perfusionist Commentary:  Identifying Valve Gradients and Random Wall Motion Abnormalities

Kierra Jones? LET’S INVEST in the Future :)

Editor’s Note: Hi All 🙂 I decided to write this endorsement for Kierra Jones- because well- she just doesn’t quit.  You may remember that I wrote a post about her (see below) because of how well she articulated her reasons for wanting to enter the profession- as well as the dogged tenacity she has employed […]

Career Perfusionist [20] A Week and some…

Editor’s Note:   Quite the week we have had.  I wanted to share some words a prospective perfusionist wrote- after answering the question of WHY?  He is working in the capacity of an Autotransfusionist- despite having a degree in another highly lucrative profession.  A profession that the majority of his could-have-been colleagues have most likely […]

Perfusion Art: “Manifold Madness”

Perfusion Art: “Manifold Madness” Photographer:  Frank Aprile, CCP Equipment:  IPhone something Editing:  Water Color Filter   Narrative:  Welcome to SICU! Time & Place:   Northern Indiana, 2018 About The Artist:  Perfusionist Commentary:  Each Stopcock pretty much implies an added 2  fold increase in terms of degree of difficulty 🙂