Kierra Jones? LET’S INVEST in the Future :)

Editor’s Note: Hi All 🙂 I decided to write this endorsement for Kierra Jones- because well- she just doesn’t quit.  You may remember that I wrote a post about her (see below) because of how well she articulated her reasons for wanting to enter the profession- as well as the dogged tenacity she has employed […]

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 […]

A Locum’s ScrapBook: Friday Night Lights

Fading out… 5 days left here and i’m becoming a memory 🙂 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. […]

Perfusionist: Center Stage

“Although Perfusion necessitates creative intervention, acting allows me to open an artsy creative side…” William Harris, CCP Editors Note: I think it’s pretty evident that perfusionists are innovative and passionate in their approach to life as well as work.  Most perfusionists are successful in other endeavors of their personal lives as well as their professional […]

A Locum’s ScrapBook: Sometimes… The Bear Gets YOU…

“The simple fact that a centrifugal hand-crank is in the room, does not at all satisfy the “yes” box in the checklist” Editor’s Note: Just when you get to the comfort zone of thinking “you are pretty good”? You find out you’re pretty NOT! But don’t get knocked down and NOT get back up.  Shit […]

A Locums ScrapBook: A Day in the Life…

“I joked with the crew, and said, we are in the land of the Paramedics, cuz that’s pretty much all you could see.” Editor’s Note: To view the entire “Locum’s ScrapBook” series- click here I’m doing some perfusion traveling as I am taking my show on the road.  As such, every once in awhile I […]

Perfusion Life: Why We Do This

Editor’s Note: I do a lot of “why we do this” posts, not because it is rhetorical or thought provoking, but because we as a profession are pioneers as well.  In the past 40 years, the technological achievements in cardiac medicine defy belief at times, in that we have come so far- so very quickly. […]

On Being a Perfusionist: The Perfect Recovery from an Adverse Situation

ON BEING A PERFUSIONIST I think we are reminded of our human fallibility (the potential to err is in all of us) every day we pump a case. With so many steps and moving parts in the equation, the goal is to choreograph out a perfect “10” every single time. Of course that doesn’t always […]

From Belgium: What is a Perfusionist?

Editor’s Note: Below you will see a very inspiring video detailing the scope of practice of a perfusionist, and describing the vast array of talents as well as the personal fortitude that is required to seriously engage the profession. I want to thank Dr. Verhofste for forwarding me this video, and allowing me to share […]

Perfusion Life: Storms- Inside & Out

Editor’s Note: Well I got a quick message (see above) from my friend Paul DiGregorio from the Northern Indiana area where I come by and help out once in awhile. Looks like he and I are dealing with to separate storms.  His is obviously clinical- (ECMO-Land), and mine is of the the other kind…  8-10 inches […]

LPM: A Student’s Perspective- Dialysis

“Once the basic pump set-up is learned, there are so many other additional instruments and methods that also need to be understood.” 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 […]

Unexpected Air: An ECMO Discussion

Editor’s Note: I was on FB and was visiting the Malaysian Perfusion Page, monitoring a discussion regarding venous air entrainment in an ECMO circuit, and the efforts made to save the patient.  This a true emergency, and with a closed system, much more difficult to resolve. The discussion however is what captured my interest because […]

Perfusion Life: The InElegant Hack

Editor’s Note: Here is a guest post presented in it’s raw and natural form, written by Michael Colligan, RN, MS, CCP. Thank you Michael, for contributing 🙂 -Frank PERFUSION LIFE HACK What is a life hack? The term life hack started out as “hack”, having evolved from the original definition to the current meaning of an […]

Why We Do This: LVAD_one 2009 Days +

“So yes, we engage hope and strive to do our best, but our vision for this patient’s future is sometimes less than vibrant- for the reasons stated above.  Many of us have become LVAD pessimists.” 2009 days x 24 hours x 60 minutes = 2,892,960 minutes of life support… Editor’s Note: I think there is a tendency […]

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 […]