Perfusion Age Survey Results !

Editor’s Note: The name Methuselah, or the phrase “old as Methuselah,” is commonly used to refer to any living thing reaching great age.  Hence the title, hence the survey. But age is a sword that cuts both ways in our profession.  Is it possible that too old may indeed trump too young? I honestly feel, […]

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Perfusion Age Survey Results !

Editor’s Note: The name Methuselah, or the phrase “old as Methuselah,” is commonly used to refer to any living thing reaching great age.  Hence the title, hence the survey. But age is a sword that cuts both ways in our profession.  Is it possible that too old may indeed trump too young? I honestly feel, […]

Age & Perfusion: An Experienced Response

(Click Image to Enlarge) Editor’s Note: I got this response to my earlier  “Methuselah-Meets-Perfusion” post. The individual who spurred the discussion to begin with, I omit her name for now, so that this discussion isn’t linked to her efforts to find work.  But it was a very well written and prosaic opinion, and feel it […]

Methuselah Meets Perfusion? An Age Survey…

Editor’s Note: Had an interesting e-chat the other day regarding a perfusionist who wanted to place an ad on ‘Surfers looking for work. I asked the individual to send a picture of themselves – and got this response: “For me that is not such a good idea.  I do not want to emphasize my age.  […]

Perfusion Life: Confronting FEAR

Editor’ Note: It’s a late Friday night and I’m listening to my dogs bark outside at God knows what – just because we live on a house on a hill, somewhere deep in northern Michigan. I’m sure the barking is due to critters roaming our woods, and its something I usually don’t get to experience […]

2020- HAPPY Perfusionists Week- :)

Editor’s Note: A very Happy Perfusionist’s week to all my dear colleagues – you are the backbone of any open heart surgery centre . We owe you big time guys (and ladies) . Whenever I have needed a strong scientific mind and able skilled hands to help me in a case – you have been […]

A Locum’s ScrapBook: Stasis is NOT Paralysis!

Editor’s Note: Well it has been about five weeks now since I pumped my last case down somewhere in Kentucky. One of the things that you have to consider where your locum’s perfusionist is that when companies are forced to downsize due to staffing issues or reductions, chances are your contracts won’t hold up and […]

Joint Perfusion COVID-19 Task Force!

Editor’s Note: Fighting Back! Perfusion.com has joined with representatives from AmSECT, the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion, the American Academy of Cardiovascular Perfusion, Australian and New Zealand College of Perfusionists, Comprehensive Care Services, the Michigan Society of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons, and SpecialtyCare to form the Joint Perfusion COVID-19 Task Force to monitor the recent […]

Locum’s Perfusionist- Seeks Contract Work in Midwest AND Michigan

ABCP CCP- Locum’s Perfusionist- x 10 Years Seeking intermittent assignments for all parts Midwest- and preferably Michigan.  This perfusionist currently resides in North Central Michigan and is available for recurring or one-time perfusion assignments to backup your staffing needs.  Length of contracts are negotiable. Will take call within the first 3 days. Assimilates quickly– and […]

Fighting Back! A Michigan 2-Room Elementary School- Lives up to it’s Name: BIG JACKSON!!!

Editor’s Note: Not sure I need to justify the relationship of this post to our Perfusion community- but I suppose the impact of Covid 19 becomes more evident as we deal with the uncertainty of exposure and subsequent isolation, and quarantine AWAY from our families as we dive into an   oncoming wave of possible ECMO […]

Fighting Back! Setup Your Own Dept Covid Symptoms Database

Editor’s Note: These days when someone sneezes or coughs- EVERYBODY turns and looks.  Herd mentality for sure. The main symptoms of COVID-19 Include a cough, shortness of breath and a fever. Additionally, you might have digestive problems ― like nausea or diarrhea ― a headache and a sore throat. At the onset of the illness, […]

Cloth Surgical Masks- with Disposable Inserts are an Excellent Work Around!

Editor’s Note: The mask I am wearing is one of four cloth masks that were custom made for me by Caitlyn Bondank, owner of a custom sewing business called SewingSolutions.ME. Email:  Orderdanks@gmail.com Click on Image Above to view Website –   I had approached her about making and designing these masks in lieu of our […]

Perfusion Art: “This Is Our Life NOW…”

Perfusion Art: “This Is Our Life NOW…” Photographer: Frank Aprile, CCP Equipment: iphone 8 plus Editing: None Narrative: Time & Place: 2020: Daniel Boone Country- Ohio River About The Artist:  Perfusionist Commentary:  Putting another Mask to bed for the night with his new Brother- after a late emergency heart.  TWINNING!

A Locum’s ScrapBook: A Hotel Shines in the CoronaZONE

Editor’s Note: Well, it’s the weekend- and we are all a bit dazed.  Hospitals cancelling all elective cases, a shortage of surgical masks and personal protective equipment, social distancing, closed restaurants, rampant misinformation, social paranoia, and a lot of ostriches.  Endless absolutely worthless national  press conferences with noone giving out any tangible hard facts- a […]

Perfusion Art: “Social Distancing- Our New Normal”

Perfusion Art: “Social Distancing- Our New Normal” Photographer: Frank Aprile, CCP Equipment: iphone 8 plus Editing: None Narrative:  A look at what going out to dinner looks like now :). Time & Place: 2020: Daniel Boone Country- Ohio River About The Artist:  Perfusionist Commentary:  Working on Social Distancine

From ZERO- to HERO! The Lowly and Taken For-Granted… Surgical Mask…

Editor’s Note: I have put people on bypass at 54 hospitals. I have worked as a surgical first assistant in another 10 hospitals – and in the operating room theater of at least five military hospitals. I won’t even begin to try to count the days, hours, or the number of operations that this implies, […]