Perfusion Art: Namaste

  “Namaste” Photographer: Unknown Equipment:  Unknown Editing:  Photoshop: Contrast Filter:   Narrative:  A brief glimpse of the good Doctor  Harinder Singh Bedi  attending to a heart patient…  He is a renowned Cardiac Surgeon in India and The East Time & Place:  July 2018- India About The Meaning of the Term Namaste: Teaching Each Other Your teacher may choose to elaborate […]

Perfusion Art: Arrival- 5:30 AM Heart

“Perfusion Art: Arrival- 5:30 AM Heart” Photographer: Frank Aprile, BBA, LP, CCP Equipment:  IPhone 8S Editing:  Photoshop: Contrast Filter:   Narrative:  Arriving EARLY to A Hallway to the Future- Heart Surgery 2018 Time & Place:  June 2018- Midwest About The Artist:  Locum’s Perfusionist Commentary:  An Early Morning Surreal and Simplistically Elegant Entrance to an Exceptional Heart Hospital

Del Nido: It’s ALL about the Calcium Baby!

“What it boiled down to is that Del Nido, when deployed for long complex cases becomes a clinical dance.  You go from a Mechanic to an Artist if you stay true to basic principals, have the patient’s welfare as your primary concern, and you have a strong negotiating relationship with your surgeon.  Anything less is […]

“Can Do!” Is DEFINITELY in LivaNova’s Dictionary!

“I am impressed.  I feel that in some ways, people and organizations define themselves and improve consumer confidence- more by the manner in which they  handle adversity as opposed to how they harness success.” Editor’s Note: When I was a Navy Hospital Corpsman, in charge of an ER somewhere in the Republic of the Philippines, […]

HIPEC 101: Clinical Notes & Observations

“It is a well designed circuit and delivery system, and does exactly what it is designed to do:  deliver thermoregulated chemo-agents to patients at a Konstant rate and temperature for whatever duration the surgeon deems fit.” Editor’s Note: We hadn’t done a HIPEC procedure here in awhile, and although I had done HIPEC procedures before […]

Is There Room in the Perfusion World for Kiera Jones?

Editor’s Note:   So it’s a Saturday night right?  And I’m on call, watching some mindless History Channel stuff and perusing FB making a few comments here and there- you know- the boring stuff people do when they are on a surgical call leash 🙂 I get a FB message from a perspective perfusion student […]

EXCERPTS FROM THE RED CELL HIGHWAY: Forged By Fire

Editor’s Note: – This book is NOW over halfway 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 […]

Is There a Metaphor for SILENCE? #PerfusionToo

Readers Comment:  “This is so necessary to discuss in our very small community. There is strength in numbers and unfortunately most perfusionists can easily find themselves isolated and feeling alone in their situation. Thank you for bringing this topic to light.” Editor’s Note: = To our Readers:  Plz bear with me. I don’t beat dead […]

Perfusion Art: “Reverse Isolation”

“”Reverse Isolation”” Photographer: Frank Aprile, BBA, LP, CCP Equipment:  IPhone 8S Editing:  Photoshop: Contrast Filter:  Metal Gradient Narrative:  HazMat or Encounters of the 4th Kind?  Blood Salvage… Time & Place:  April 2018- Midwest About The Artist:  Locum’s Perfusionist

Is Verbal Abuse an Issue in The Heart Room?

Readers Comment:  “This is so necessary to discuss in our very small community. There is strength in numbers and unfortunately most perfusionists can easily find themselves isolated and feeling alone in their situation. Thank you for bringing this topic to light.” Editor’s Note:   It’s a reasonable question– as it occurs on a daily basis […]

Plz Take This Survey: #PerfusionToo!

Editor’s Note:   I have been in medicine my entire life.  Janitor-Crisis Center Volunteer-EMT-Navy Hospital Corpsman-Surgical Scrub Tech-1st Assistant-Perfusionist.  That covers a few decades, 60+ hospitals, and a lot of medical professionals to meet, greet, and work with.  Obviously, with that sort of exposure, you see a lot of things, and colleagues share their thoughts, […]

“SLOPPY” is NOT- In the Perfusion Dictionary!

Editor’s Note:   I have huge respect for the manufacturers of our ECC packs and disposables.  Most often, if a pack needs to be customized or changed- they are right on it.  However, over the past few weeks I have been working with this one disposable ECC that has been a huge disappointment in terms […]

Perfusion Art: “Tools of the Trade”

“Tools of the Trade” Photographer: Frank Aprile, BBA, LP, CCP Equipment:  IPhone 8S Editing:  Photoshop: Contrast Filter Narrative:  Metal Clip Broad, Office Key, Pump Clamps. Hole Punch, Table Line Clips Time & Place:  April 2018- Tri-State Midwest About The Artist:  Locum’s Perfusionist About The Subject:  Always Be Ready to Move to a New Clinical Site…

40+ Perfusion CME’s : Have Breakfast with your Family at Home- and Chat with Your Colleagues After :)

Editor’s Note: As we are increasingly busy and very often- understaffed, the opportunity to attend a Perfusion seminar or symposium in order to meet our CME requirements, has represented a strain on Perfusion families, as well as groups and clinical sites.  To put it plainly, It is difficult, at times- financially prohibitive, and most often […]