ECMOjo : Online ECMO Simulator

(Click Image Above to View Site and Test Drive The Simulator) I was surfing the net (actually I was looking at the newest perfusion website I have become familiar with- a very cool site–  perfusione.net ) when I happened across this ECMO simulator and decided to take a look at it. Manufactures and Product Insert […]

A Roman Dialogue: [1]

(Rome) Introduction Mr. Emiliano Vitalini, CCP is an Italian perfusionist that sent a note my way, and sent me a link to his impressive website http://www.perfusione.net/. I took a look at it and was amazed at the body of work- and the time and dedication it took.  I don’t speak Italian, although my family name […]

How Much Mannitol & Why ?

I got a few comments recently regarding using Mannitol in the prime- and how much people are using per case. Here is a summary of some casual positions colleagues over the years have laid out for the use of Mannitol: Don’t give it for renal failure / insufficiency patients Causes skeletal muscle dilation- thus a […]

Blood Volume Expanders: Voluven™

(Arnold: The Ultimate Total Body Volume Expander…) Editor’s Note: I got an email today asking me if I knew anything about using Voluven™ as a replacement for Albumin as a prime constituent for the ECC. When looking it up, the obvious similarities to Hespan (Hetastarch), is that they both are synthetic BVE’s. The primary difference […]

Backing Up Nebraska …

  Satori Satori (悟り?) (Chinese: 悟; pinyin: wù; Korean 오; Vietnamese ngộ) is a Japanese Buddhist term for enlightenment that literally means “understanding”. In the Zen Buddhist tradition, satori refers to a flash of sudden awareness, or individual enlightenment, and is considered a “first step” or embarkation toward nirvana. Heart teams are in a constant […]

Perfusion Notes: [7]

A Student Diary: To View all Diary Entries- Click Here So It Begins… Well it has been a few weeks since I have written and entry.  I have become incredibly busy.  Between tests, studying/reading to keep up and being in the operating room I find time to sit and watch some tv or sleep.  School is […]

Yes or No ? Circuit Surfers Dot Com

And the Verdict is ? Yes it wasn’t scientific. True it was a little repetitious and the construct of a less than qualified statistician. Most likely it was self serving. But from that pile of political rubble, there is something to be gleaned. From what initially looked undecipherable, a little sparkle emerges. A hint of […]

Perfusion Glitches: Re-Priming Venous Line: Air Bolus RA

Click Image Above to Add a “Glitch” to the Perfusion Database … 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 […]

The Good The Bad The Ugly…

Editor’s Note: I published a poll a couple of years ago, at the dawn of the ‘Surfers’ blog.  Re-reading it was fun, so I thought I would dust this post off and share reader’s perceptions of CircuitSurfers.com- BEFORE we were assimilated into the mainstream perfusion culture (LOL)…  I think that’s right anyway? = A Blast from […]

Perfusion Glitches: Kinking of Inlet Side of Arterial Line

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Perfusion Glitches: Fatigue & Air in Arterial Line

Click Image Above to Add a “Glitch” to the Perfusion Database … 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 has any sort of unusual event you would […]