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 […]

From Perfusionist to MD: A Career Pathway Realized

Editor’s Note: I started this blog on Feb 21, 2011.  Six and a half years ago to be precise.  Since it was a new format, and employing a dynamically newer media paradigm, I can’t say there wasn’t a bit of push-back from the perfusion community, some people were roiled, some feathers ruffled, and I was […]

“The Red Cell Highway: An Inside Look at Heart Surgery in America”

Editor’s Note: This book is 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 surgery, but openly […]

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 […]

Perfusion Art: “Transformation”

“Transformation” Photographer: Nadia Azuero, CCP Equipment:  DigitalSomething Editing:  Photoshop Narrative:  This Nadia, scrubbing in for surgery- last year of Med school. Time & Place: Operating Room, October 2016 About The Artist:  4th year Med Student/Cardiovascular Perfusionist/Locums  

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 […]