A Locum’s ScrapBook: “A late Night Ruptured Triple Something”

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 life, it […]

International Perfusion CQI: SpreadSheet Data

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. This is not an “Incident Report” section.  It’s really more of a registry of the odd things that can happen on bypass- as opposed to submitting a department report or seminal […]

Perfusion Vacancy and Turnover Rates Survey

Editor’s Note: I got this email the other day- it’s for a perfusion/employment/turnover/vacancy survey put forward by our colleague Mike Culligan, RN CCP- In light of the current perfusion manpower shortage- it might be a valuable tool to assess the situation from a data driven perspective?  Feel free to participate if you are so inclined. […]

A Locum’s ScrapBook: The Week in Pictures- Last week of Jan 2019

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 life, it […]

Perfusion Art: “Harnessed Life”

  Perfusion Art: “Harnessed Life” Photographer:  Frank Aprile, CCP Equipment:  IPhone something Editing:  Water Color Filter   Narrative:  On Bypass Baybee!!! Time & Place:   Northern Indiana, 2019 About The Artist:  Perfusionist Commentary:  An amazing view of the tentacles of life 🙂   Another Variant of this Picture 🙂

Giapreza: A Synthetic Human Angiotensin II: Rx for Vasoplegia in CV Surgery?

Editor’s Note: I was having a conversation with my heart surgeon here in the upper Midwest- when he mentioned a newer medication- Giaprezza (A Synthetic Human Angiotensin II: as potential Rx for Vasoplegia associated post CPP in CV Surgery). Since I needed to educate myself on this drug, I thought I would look it up […]

Perfusion Art: “EchoMANIA”

Perfusion Art: “EchoMANIA” Photographer:  Frank Aprile, CCP Equipment:  IPhone something Editing:  Water Color Filter   Narrative:  Preop- ECHO 101 Time & Place:   Northern Indiana, 2018 About The Artist:  Perfusionist Commentary:  Identifying Valve Gradients and Random Wall Motion Abnormalities

Career Perfusionist [20] A Week and some…

Editor’s Note:   Quite the week we have had.  I wanted to share some words a prospective perfusionist wrote- after answering the question of WHY?  He is working in the capacity of an Autotransfusionist- despite having a degree in another highly lucrative profession.  A profession that the majority of his could-have-been colleagues have most likely […]

Perfusion Art: “Manifold Madness”

Perfusion Art: “Manifold Madness” Photographer:  Frank Aprile, CCP Equipment:  IPhone something Editing:  Water Color Filter   Narrative:  Welcome to SICU! Time & Place:   Northern Indiana, 2018 About The Artist:  Perfusionist Commentary:  Each Stopcock pretty much implies an added 2  fold increase in terms of degree of difficulty 🙂

Continuous Crystalloid Renal Perfusion During Open AAA Repair?

Editor’s Note: During a pretty hectic day in the OR, we had an add on case that initially seemed fairly routine- a request for autotransfusion for an upcoming open AAA repair.  The case was scheduled for another day, and I just happened to run into the surgeon in the Drs lounge- and he asked for […]

Perfusion Art: “Ramping Up…”

Perfusion Art: “Ramping Up…” Photographer:  Frank Aprile, CCP Equipment:  IPhone something Editing:  Water Color Filter   Narrative:  Adam:  “Hard at work, hoping for everyone’s sake I don’t have to do anything” Time & Place:   Northern Indiana, 2018 About The Artist:  Perfusionist Commentary:  Reading Literary Theory/Philosophy- ok…   yeah…

Cannulation Strategies in Adult V-A and V-V ECMO

Editor’s Note:   Just a primer on the pros and cons of various ECMO concepts 🙂     Click images above to enlarge Click on Image above to view source article This articles is provided courtesy of Wolters Kluwer — Medknow Publications Abstract Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) refers to specific mechanical devices used to temporarily support the […]