NextGen Perfusionists: Filtering out Bias

Editor’s Note: I was reminded last night while texting my perfusion bud- Whitt, that the idea of expecting new grads to have mastered the art of setting up monitoring lines, Swanz-Gannz, etc; and be more or less ready to troubleshoot monitoring systems, was “Old School”.  Bummer for me 🙁 I then asked if being able […]

Job Shadow Wanted: Twin Cities MN

Editor’s Note: Hey Minnesota perfusion colleagues, this young man is looking for a job shadow opportunity.  Can You give him a hand? Hello, I’m a junior at the University of Minnesota. I’m exploring career options and find perfusion technology very interesting. I’d like to shadow to gain more insight about the field but struggling to […]

Perfusion Job Shadow: Orlando or Tampa FL ?

<img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-32210" src="" alt="Space 1" srcset=" prednisone 20mg 650w, 300w” sizes=”(max-width: 529px) 100vw, 529px” data-recalc-dims=”1″ /> Editor’s Note: Hello Orlando, or Tampa, FL! We have a prospective student looking for an opportunity to explore our profession- and yes she needs someone to job shadow.  Any takers? Email Lauren H. if you can […]

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 […]

Letters from a Perfusionist in Germany: Coming to America…

Editor’s Note: Hi Guys, I got this letter from a perfusionist in Germany. I don’t know if the ABCP recognizes Perfusion Certification from Europe.  I guess the question is- can he sit for the ABCP boards? Hi Frank, hope u can help.. i want to immigrate to the states after i finish my Master degree […]

Letters From the Philippines: Improving O2 Transfer?

Editor’s Note: Hi Guys, I got this letter from a Filipino  perfusionist via FaceBook.  If any of you have any engineering insights into the mechanics of increasing Oxygenator surface area for improving O2/CO2 exchange , can you send replies to Kevin Tabamo’s FB page? Thanks ! = = 🙂 Frank Click image to respond directly […]

Letters From Saudi Arabia: Plz Recommend a Perfusion Program

Editor’s Note: Hi Guys, I got this letter from a graduating nursing student from Saudi Arabia. If you have any suggestions for a great perfusion school you would like to recommend- please respond here in the comments section, or directly to Mr. Wafe at his listed email address. I need your help from Saudi Arabia […]

Letters From Pakistan: Questions on the CardioHelp System

Click image to view manufacturer’s information on this product- Editor’s Note: Hi Guys, I got this letter from a Pakistani perfusionist via LinkedIn.  If any of you have any Experience using the CardioHelp System, can you send replies here to ‘Surfers? I have no experience with the device, so it would be inappropriate for me […]

From Saigon to Facebook: An Interview With a Veteran Perfusionist & a Veteran of Foreign Wars

“Be willing to work many hours, often times in a very stressful situation where the human life; both adult and infant are at stake.“ Click images to enlarge … Editors Note: There is a guy I work with down here in West Texas, who helps us out with ABG’s, art lines, monitoring, Swanns, IABP’s, and […]

Is Perfusion a “Dead Language” ?

Editor’s Note: I got this letter from a soon-to-be-enrolled perfusion student. He has legitimate concerns and asks for feedback from perfusionists currently in the field. Help him out ? Hello Frank, First and foremost I wanted to let you know that I have been a huge fan of your site since I discovered it about […]

Letters From Italy: Thesis Topic Suggestions?

Elisabetta Maio Hi Guys, I got this letter from a young Italian perfusion student.  She is looking for ideas for her thesis. Do you all have any suggestions? There are a million possibilities.  If any of you have any ideas- please submit them or leave Elisabetta a message in the comments section? Thanks ! = […]

臨床工学技士 : Japanese Scope of Practice ?

Hi, Sorry to email you out of the blues. I like your blog very much. It is very informative and gives me a better insight into the live and work of a Perfusionist. I hope someday I can contribute as a Perfusionist too. I am currently doing a BSc in Biological Sciences and hoping to […]

A Letter to ‘Surfers : The State of the Blog …

A while ago I got an email from a colleague across the pond (the one leading down to the southern hemisphere), a Mr. Martin Gill. If you have followed Circuit Surfers, you will remember Martin as the Australian pediatric perfusionist that did an extraordinary series of posts in the form of a “Live Blog” of […]

A Letter to ‘Surfers : IABP Protocols

= From Greta: Hey Frank How goes it?  Hope all is well in TEXAS!!! A hospital administrator came to my office the other day and wanted to know if the Perfusion society or organization has anything in their by-laws or standard of care practices, about how often a IABP should be managed on the Nursing floor i.e. (daily checks).  I know […]

A Letter to ‘Surfers : Graduate School …

= From Jeff: Mr. Aprile, My name is Jeff  and I have been following Circuit Surfers for a few weeks now after being introduced to perfusion careers by a professor of mine. Since then, I have been enthralled by the field and am seriously considering the possibility of a perfusion career over general medicine. Currently, […]

Career Perfusionist: [3] Programs & Certification

Certification bodies/associations American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion – American certification body. Canadian Society of Clinical Perfusion Australian and New Zealand College of Perfusionists – Australian and New Zealand Association of Perfusionists. Australasian Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion – The Australian and New Zealand Certification Body. American Academy of Cardiovascular Perfusion – An American-based association of perfusionists. […]

Career Perfusionist: [2] Training & Education

Training and Education of Perfusionists In the United States, a bachelor’s degree or junior-level prerequisites with concentrations in biology, chemistry, anatomy and physiology are required to be admitted to a perfusion program. As of 2012, there were 17 perfusion training programs in the United States. Training typically consists of two years of academic and clinical […]

Career Perfusionist: [1] What is a Perfusionist ?

The perfusionist, also known as a clinical perfusionist or a cardiovascular perfusionist, is a specialized healthcare professional who use the heart-lung machine during cardiac surgery and other surgeries that require cardiopulmonary bypass to manage the patient physiological status. The perfusionist is a highly trained member of the cardiothoracic surgical team which consists of cardiac surgeons, […]