Persistent Low Q States During CPB:

Editor’s Note: Low flow (Q) perfusion states on CPB are cardiopulmonary bypass are conditions we encounter quite often on our bypass runs, and can stem from a myriad of clinical conditions:  Pt Size, Inadequate venous return, Anatomical issues, Femoral cannulation, Hypovolemia, Cannula selection, Inadequate visibility, and so forth… Typically, one or more of these conditions […]

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Persistent Low Q States During CPB:

Editor’s Note: Low flow (Q) perfusion states on CPB are cardiopulmonary bypass are conditions we encounter quite often on our bypass runs, and can stem from a myriad of clinical conditions:  Pt Size, Inadequate venous return, Anatomical issues, Femoral cannulation, Hypovolemia, Cannula selection, Inadequate visibility, and so forth… Typically, one or more of these conditions […]

Perfusion Art: “Perfusion Isomers”

Perfusion Art: “Perfusion Isomers” Photographer:  Frank Aprile, CCP Equipment:  IPhone something Editing:  Multiple Filters   Narrative: Reflecting the Operation Time & Place:   Northern Indiana, 2019 About The Artist:  Perfusionist Commentary:  It was a LONG Case 🙂

A Locum’s ScrapBook: An Oasis for The Heart Team? The Residence Inn- Marriott in Mishawaka, Indiana :)

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: “eVH Aside”

Perfusion Art: “eVH Aside” Photographer:  Frank Aprile, CCP Equipment:  IPhone something Editing:  Multiple Filters   Narrative:  Camera view after completion of EVH Time & Place:   Northern Indiana, 2019 About The Artist:  Perfusionist Commentary:  A fun picture 🙂

Perfusion Art: “LUFT-Balloons

Perfusion Art: “LUFT-Balloons Photographer:  Frank Aprile, CCP Equipment:  IPhone something Editing:  Multiple Filters Narrative:  Pre Bypass- Blood Prime Time & Place:   Northern Indiana, 2019 About The Artist:  Perfusionist Commentary:  2 units and and prime meds- ready to drop 🙂

Survey Results: Bubble Detector Placement

Editor;s Note: Here are the preliminary results for the Bubble Detector Positioning Survey that we started earlier this week.  We have a nice international distribution of opinions rendered here- and I want to thank all of you for taking the time to respond as well as leaving your comments- those were very enlightening IMO 🙂 […]

The BEST Positioning for Air Detector on ECC ? Survey

Editor;s Note: So last night- I got a text from a good friend of mine JE down in Southern Indiana regarding where to position the bubble detector on an ECC with an integrated membrane oxygenator (ie: the ALF is part of the membrane component thus an ALF post membrane is not required). The message is […]

Perfusion Art: “Self Portrait”

Perfusion Art: “Self Portrait” Photographer:  Frank Aprile, CCP Equipment:  IPhone something Editing:  None Narrative:  Pre Bypass Time & Place:   Northern Indiana, 2019 About The Artist:  Perfusionist Commentary:  A different kind of Selfie 🙂 🙂 The Variant of this Picture 🙂

Excerpts From Heart Surgery in America: Pump Zombies

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, […]

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. […]