Are You Really Safe? Let’s Talk about the N-95 Mask

Editors Note: – I’m getting fitted for one of these on Tuesday.  Ostensibly as a prep for possible ECMO cases that might come down the pipeline. Watching a few discussions regarding this strategy and reconciling that with my previous experiences with ICU respiratory isolation cases- (H1N1) makes me realize that efficacy of this strategy is […]

LivaNova: Coronavirus Update: 10-Mar-2020

Editor’s Note: Please See Product UPDATE: Plz Visit CoronaVirus.Gov–  Just want to get it out there- God Bless Frank   Click Image Above to View CoronaVirus.Gov From LivaNova: To North American Sales, Service, Marketing and Clinical Teams: Currently, the statements from yesterday’s update remain valid. Our manufacturing facilities in Saluggia and Mirandola are open and […]

WHO Guidelines for Clinical Rx : CoronoVirus

Editor’s Note: Basic guidelines from WHO– Compliments of ELSO and my good friend Giuseppe Salerno– who is the founder of an Italian Perfusion FB Group-  Thanks G! An amazing father- man- and photographer!  G! https://www.facebook.com/groups/perfusione.ita/ Click Image Above to Download WHO PDF

Why We Need to Help People Get Shadowing Sites!

Job Shadow Providers Job Shadow Registry: G O A L S Allow people seeking job shadow opportunities to list themselves when they register, Allow people offering their sites for job shadow opportunities to be listed in this registry as well. Connecting the dots– to the entry requirements on the checklist. All responses will be listed […]

Perfusion Job Shadow Providers

Job Shadow Providers Job Shadow Registry: G O A L S Allow people seeking job shadow opportunities to list themselves when they register, Allow people offering their sites for job shadow opportunities to be listed in this registry as well. Connecting the dots– to the entry requirements on the checklist. All responses will be listed […]

Perfusion Job Shadow SEEKERS

Job Shadow Seekers Job Shadow Registry: G O A L S Allow people seeking job shadow opportunities to list themselves when they register, Allow people offering their sites for job shadow opportunities to be listed in this registry as well. Connecting the dots– to the entry requirements on the checklist. All responses will be listed […]

“I’ve put Femoral Art Lines in My Last 3 Patient’s…”

Editor’s Note: I heard this comment from a CV surgeon the other day- and reminded him that all 3 were very long pump runs (exceeding 180 minutes) and that based on anecdotal observation- I have always noticed a direct correlation to the increased amount of phenyephrine administered during the course of a long  pump run- […]

Hep C- How Totally Unprepared and Ignorant We Really Are…

Editor’s Note: What Doesn’t Kill You- makes You Stronger? Sometime during the course of my third decade working as a cardiac perfusionist, I made a phone call to my wife immediately following some open-heart operation that I had just completed. In the call, I somewhat frantically relayed to her my serious concern that I had […]

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 🙂