STS v.2.73 : A Tale of Two Cities…

(Click Image to View STS Website) A series of STS Updates and Insights: The Society for Thoracic Surgery (STS) national cardiac database is the all-consummate monster of consolidated data requirements that most cardiac programs subscribe to. To be left off of the report card, is to be isolated and not assembled for review on the […]

Happy Thanksgiving !

Just keeping it simple. I am about to become a foster parent to adopt… I am grateful to have a job, and to do what I do. I am grateful for you guys dropping by and supporting this effort. I am grateful for our Troops. PICU Rocks ! I am grateful for a guy like […]

Not Quite Primed [2]

(Click Image Above to Read Part 1) Editors Note:  This post is a composite of experiences, none of which are associated with any particular institution- or particular operation. Getting it Together You know how we all have our personal perfusion comfort zones? Cell saver in one spot, heater cooler with drug box on it, a […]

Not Quite Primed [1]

Editors Note:  This post is a composite of experiences, none of which are associated with any particular institution- or particular operation. Not Quite Primed I’m an optimist by nature, and that’s how I approach the profession. But some days in this field are a little gray.  Or is that grey?  not sure really, but as […]

FAQ for Planning a Perfusion Mission- The “Q” part …

Frequently Asked Questions about Perfusion Missions… The Question Part… I was sniffing around looking for some perfusion interviews to do- when I got into a dialogue with a perfusionist who is currently engaged in contributing medical supplies to a hospital in India.  The question that comes up is what is the next step in this […]

Media Scrum

(This is actually @ the End of the day…) An interesting day in the OR here. Every once in a while a high profile case that is deemed “media-worthy” falls into your lap. In this case it’s a charity pediatric ASD repair for a young girl from south of our southern borders. I’m a bystander […]

Perfusion Notes: [8]

A Student Diary: To View all Diary Entries- Click Here A Jungle of Information & Putting it Together I have been very busy with school.  I have had multiple papers, projects and tests over the last few weeks.  On top of that I am pumping cases, reading/studying and when I get a chance sleeping. School […]

@CircuitSurfers (Twitter)

(Click Image to see twitter Page) Ok I know just the concept of Twitter seems absurd to some.  The name itself is not something anyone would consider serious or stout enough to entertain in an open-heart arena. But if you can get past the name it represents a solid niche for today’s instant messaging culture. […]

When the Bullet Hits the Bone …

The title of this may seem odd, it is from a song back in the mid-80’s. It just popped into my head when thinking about writing this.  But today it seems an apt metaphor for this particular story.  It’s when reality hits,  the movie part is over, and life turns to get a bit more […]

ICHF: A Man on a Mission: [2]

Author & Message:  Courtesy of Mr. Brian Forsberg, MPH, CCP ICHF Mission It is every child’s right to be born into a world where he or she can thrive, grow to be strong and make their parents proud. It is not, however, every child’s destiny. One in every 100 children born in the developing world […]

A Man on a Mission: [1]

Santa Domingo… I think we all have visions or dreams of what we find adventurous and fascinating about the field of perfusion.  I know I have thought of going to unusual places like Mongolia, or exotic South East Asian cities to work as a perfusionist.  Australia, New Zealand and the Maori warrior-spirit thing. Sepia toned […]

Live Blog: ANZCP Down Under [3]

Media Journalism by… Martin Gill: Perfusionist (Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney Australia) Editor’s Note:  This opportunity is provided by the efforts of, Mr. Martin Gill, perfusionist, who is attending this meeting in Sydney. The intention here @ CircuitSurfers is to offer up a library of these types of objective POV’s (Points of View) to highlight […]