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 […]

Perfusion Art: Insight from an LVADer

“Insight from an LVADer” Contributor:  ‎Michael-Joshua Morris‎  Equipment:  Cut N Paste 🙂 Editing:  Photoshop: Contrast Filter Narrative: Joshua is an on-line friend I met almost 6 years ago.  He has had a HeartMate II in for that entire duration plus I believe at least 1 or more years prior.  His story is amazing- and 5 years ago I […]

Yahoo’s, Cowboy’s, & Heart Surgeons: Epiphany

Editor’s Note: I am writing a book on an inside perspective on Heart Surgery in America.  I decided that I would release portions of this story as I am telling it- to see what you think.  We all have our stories about how we got here 🙂 It is in chronological order, so some of the […]

A Locum’s ScrapBook: A Cool ECC Modification

“These shunts were put in place to allow for passive recirculation of the Qust MPS Microplegia system, so that an unexpected negative pressure will NOT deprime the MPS system.” 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 […]

LPM: A Student’s Perspective- ECMO

“I realized that I learned what a vast difference it is to move from doing a case in the OR, to following up on a patient on a daily basis and monitoring their care.” Editor’s Note: This is a continuation of a series with our newest associate editor, Shayla Johnson, who is currently enrolled in a […]

Priming the Pump…

Author / Editor: Anna Lou Villena, Eastern & Asian Editor: CircuitSurfers.com International Perspectives & Cultural Analyst Face Book:  Anna Lou Hi Frank! This is OUR week– and thank you for this opportunity again to share my thoughts 🙂 Best regards, Anna [18] “Priming the PUMP” in the Perfusion Arena On a classical pattern of my life […]

Some Thoughts about Pump Configuration and Design: Collin Green

“Admittedly there are machines today where the arterial pump can be re-positioned closer to the table and sometimes higher but to the best of my knowledge sucker and cardioplegia pumps tend to stay on the machine base.“ Editor’s Note: I would like to introduce you to a perfusionist that contacted me recently and is the […]

LPM: A Student’s Perspective- First Rotation Experience

“If I had to give advice to new students, it would be to know the procedure going on at the table and to know what your surgeons expect.” Editor’s Note: This is a continuation of a series with our newest associate editor, Shayla Johnson, who is currently enrolled in a perfusion program.  I asked her to […]

LPM: A Student’s Perspective- Trials in Research Science

“No matter what type of study design, beginning the process of student research is very daunting…” Editor’s Note: This is a continuation of a series with our newest associate editor, Shayla Johnson, who is currently enrolled in a perfusion program.  I asked her to join the editorial team because she reflects the passion and excitement that […]

LPM: A Student’s Perspective- PRP

“I was able to see a technique that I hadn’t yet seen at any of my observations or at my school.” Editor’s Note: This is a continuation of a series with our newest associate editor, Shayla Johnson, who is currently enrolled in a perfusion program.  I asked her to join the editorial team because she reflects […]

LPM: A Student’s Perspective- Exams

“I wanted to get everything right, despite my nerves sometimes getting the best of me. What I hadn’t realized was that the whole year of practice had prepared me well.” Editor’s Note: This is a continuation of a new series with our newest associate editor, Shayla Johnson, who is currently enrolled in a perfusion program.  I […]

Welcome to the Editorial Staff! Shayla Johnson

Shayla Johnson, Associate Editor, CircuitSurfers.com Editor’s Note: I would like to take this opportunity to welcome Ms. Shayla Johnson to the editorial board of CircuitSurfers.com. Shayla has submitted numerous guest posts on this blog under the pseudonym- “Kora” and has been the author of a series of posts empasiizing her perspective as a continuing perfusion student […]

LPM: A Student’s Perspective- Homemade OR Sim

“Part of learning the steps of bypass and practicing, also includes knowing the roles of the other people in the OR” Editor’s Note: This is a continuation of a new series with a guest blogger who is currently enrolled in a perfusion program.  I am impressed that as a perfusion student she has the initiative to […]

LPM: A Student’s Perspective- Seminars and Symposiums

“Perfusion as a discipline is still very much in need of empirical evidence in order to develop best practices.” Editor’s Note: This is a continuation of a new series with a guest blogger who is currently enrolled in a perfusion program.  I am impressed that as a perfusion student she has the initiative to share her […]

LPM: A Student’s Perspective- CPR

Editor’s Note: This is a continuation of a new series with a guest blogger who is currently enrolled in a perfusion program.  I am impressed that as a perfusion student she has the initiative to share her thoughts and impressions with us regarding the process of learning the art of perfusion technology from her own unique perspective: […]

LPM: A Student’s Perspective: Cannulas and Cardioplegia

Editor’s Note: This is a continuation of a new series with a guest blogger who is currently enrolled in a perfusion program.  I am impressed that as a perfusion student she has the initiative to share her thoughts and impressions with us regarding the process of learning the art of perfusion technology from her own unique perspective: […]

LPM: A Student’s Perspective

Editor’s Note: I am pleased to introduce a new guest blogger who is currently enrolled in a perfusion program.  I am impressed that as a perfusion student she has the initiative to share her thoughts and impressions with us regarding the process of learning the art of perfusion technology from her own unique perspective: “I am a first […]

A Locum’s ScrapBook: New Hallways…

Editor’s Note: I’m doing some perfusion traveling as I am taking my show on the road.  As such, every once in awhile I will be dropping a few notes and pictures of places visited, and observations made.  In a sense, the beginning of a scrap book on Open Heart Surgery in America (and other places […]

Cairo, Egypt: Case Study: AVR with Antiphospholipid Syndrome

Editor’s Note: I saw this post of Ramy’s FB page (or maybe one of the perfusion groups on FB) and reached out to Ramy to submit this as a case study.  He has graciously forwarded the case study and I thank you Ramy. Feel free to leave comments in the comments section- Happy Saturday 🙂 […]

A Medical Mission to the Philippines: OCA

“They say that the first step is the hardest in every journey of life’s mission…” Author / Editor: Hi Frank! Catching up…and thank you for this opportunity again to share my thoughts 🙂 Best regards, Anna [17] OCA’s Mission to Mindanao Heart Center on its 7th year IN RETROSPECT I should say that “MISSION is […]