Losing Your Cell Saver Capability: A Survey…

Editor’s Note:   If you showed up at a Hospital where you were Providing Perfusion Services, and happened to be called in for an early morning add-on Cell-Saver- and suddenly discovered that there were no cell saver machines in the entire OR? How would you react?  The decision to remove the cell savers being made […]

A Locum’s ScrapBook: Super Charging Your Hypothermic Cardioplegia- “A Work Around…”

  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 […]

Farewell to a Noble Man: John McCain :(

Editor’s Note: This blog has always been about life, preserving it, improving it, and sustaining it.  I can think of no one better than John McCain to emulate those principles more succinctly.  I leave you with this quote that is a fine code of conduct for each of us as we navigate our lives and […]

#Perfusion2: Survey Results: Comments & Reactions

“It’s all straight up- no room for the so many permutations of insane Napoleon complexes and the subsequent punitive delivery that deflects attention away from unskilled or poor performance and self-edifies whatever dialogue needs to happen to struggle to the finish line.”   YEP-  That Pretty Much Sums it Up… Editor’s Note: Over the past […]

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 […]

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