A Locum’s ScrapBook: Stasis is NOT Paralysis!

Editor’s Note: Well it has been about five weeks now since I pumped my last case down somewhere in Kentucky. One of the things that you have to consider where your locum’s perfusionist is that when companies are forced to downsize due to staffing issues or reductions, chances are your contracts won’t hold up and […]

Joint Perfusion COVID-19 Task Force!

Editor’s Note: Fighting Back! Perfusion.com has joined with representatives from AmSECT, the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion, the American Academy of Cardiovascular Perfusion, Australian and New Zealand College of Perfusionists, Comprehensive Care Services, the Michigan Society of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons, and SpecialtyCare to form the Joint Perfusion COVID-19 Task Force to monitor the recent […]

Fighting Back! A Michigan 2-Room Elementary School- Lives up to it’s Name: BIG JACKSON!!!

Editor’s Note: Not sure I need to justify the relationship of this post to our Perfusion community- but I suppose the impact of Covid 19 becomes more evident as we deal with the uncertainty of exposure and subsequent isolation, and quarantine AWAY from our families as we dive into an   oncoming wave of possible ECMO […]

Fighting Back! Setup Your Own Dept Covid Symptoms Database

Editor’s Note: These days when someone sneezes or coughs- EVERYBODY turns and looks.  Herd mentality for sure. The main symptoms of COVID-19 Include a cough, shortness of breath and a fever. Additionally, you might have digestive problems ― like nausea or diarrhea ― a headache and a sore throat. At the onset of the illness, […]

Cloth Surgical Masks- with Disposable Inserts are an Excellent Work Around!

Editor’s Note: The mask I am wearing is one of four cloth masks that were custom made for me by Caitlyn Bondank, owner of a custom sewing business called SewingSolutions.ME. Email:  Orderdanks@gmail.com Click on Image Above to view Website –   I had approached her about making and designing these masks in lieu of our […]

Perfusion Art: “This Is Our Life NOW…”

Perfusion Art: “This Is Our Life NOW…” Photographer: Frank Aprile, CCP Equipment: iphone 8 plus Editing: None Narrative: Time & Place: 2020: Daniel Boone Country- Ohio River About The Artist:  Perfusionist Commentary:  Putting another Mask to bed for the night with his new Brother- after a late emergency heart.  TWINNING!

Perfusion Art: “Social Distancing- Our New Normal”

Perfusion Art: “Social Distancing- Our New Normal” Photographer: Frank Aprile, CCP Equipment: iphone 8 plus Editing: None Narrative:  A look at what going out to dinner looks like now :). Time & Place: 2020: Daniel Boone Country- Ohio River About The Artist:  Perfusionist Commentary:  Working on Social Distancine

From ZERO- to HERO! The Lowly and Taken For-Granted… Surgical Mask…

Editor’s Note: I have put people on bypass at 54 hospitals. I have worked as a surgical first assistant in another 10 hospitals – and in the operating room theater of at least five military hospitals. I won’t even begin to try to count the days, hours, or the number of operations that this implies, […]

Can Anesthesia Ventilators in the O.R. be Used as ICU Vents?

Editor’s Note: – Question? If we are going to eliminate elective surgeries in our operating rooms- how many ventilators does that free up? – And taking it a step further- wouldn’t that secluded and far superior isolation/sterile technique imply an advantage for our sickest patients?  It’s a very significant alternative resource that may merit a […]

Week 2: Our Warriors: Meet our Hispanic Brothers- Jaime & Jesus

Editor’s Note: Say HELLO to Jaime & Jesus.  They work at Los Bravos Mexican Restaurant.  They came to America- found opportunity- and cook great food. Now they repay us- and they are giving us our opportunity to at least get take out food, and they are very brave and exemplary in doing it. Jesus- on […]

Week 2: Our Warriors: Meet Angelica…

Editor’s Note: Say HELLO to Angelica. She stands tall and should make us all proud. More about that later… This is week two of the coronavirus wave, and I have to admit that last week was like getting a bucket of cold water splashed in your face to wake you up from your sleep. Not […]