A Locum’s ScrapBook: Modifying the ECC for Antegrade Cerebral Protection

Editor’s Note: To view the entire “Locum’s ScrapBook” series- click here My life is Family First and then Perfusion.  I take BOTH very seriously. 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 […]

Perfusion Policies 101: Oxygenator Changeout

Editor’s Note: PERFUSION POLICIES 101 Welcome to PERFUSION POLICIES 101.  This will be a continuing series provided to assist your programs with that one puzzle piece we all run into now and then- that one time that an unexpected patient condition may give you pause… The intention here is to disseminate some basic recipes that […]

Perfusion Policies 101: Nitric Oxide

Editor’s Note: PERFUSION POLICIES 101 Welcome to PERFUSION POLICIES 101.  This will be a continuing series provided to assist your programs with that one puzzle piece we all run into now and then- that one time that an unexpected patient condition may give you pause… The intention here is to disseminate some basic recipes that […]

The Physics of Negative Pressure

Editor’s Note: We all deal with the concepts of positive and negatives pressures, and certainly pay attention to those values during the course of a bypass run, or ECMO, or a myriad of other perfusion modalities. This is a rather insightful and esoteric view of the basic perfusion principle that we both respect and fear- […]

Why is my Patient Bleeding? A Snapshot of Hemostasis, Part II

Click on image to view source article Editor’s Note: We have all revisted this pathway intensively throughout our careers, and of course, we have all been clinically challenged by open-heart cases that test our fundamental understanding of coagulation theory in real time, at a level that certainly reflects a fairly deep dive into esoteric hematology. So i am keeping it simple, and found […]

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 […]

Welcome to HIPEC!

2 Cone Heads 🙂 Editor’s Note: I had an opportunity to assist and learn how to do a HIPEC procedure.  This was an extraordinary experience, and this perfusion group in Iowa should definitely be recognized for the advanced perfusion techniques they do routinely, that many of us have never had the opportunity to be a part […]

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 […]

The ‘Third Space’–Fact or Fiction?

“While I was familiar with the concept of “third spacing”, I needed to clarify the implied “first”, and “second” spaces.” Editor’s Note: Back quite a while ago, I was really into publications, and the academic side of cardiac perfusion and education.  Part of what we do involves some major fluid shifts within the patient as […]

How to Calculate EBL with Cell Savers

“It was simple- but in theory is consistent with other ways I have used to extrapolate that mysterious number we always come up with- that is sometime just barely a step away from ‘home cooking’.”   Editor’s Note: Well, I was @ a new venue, doing a locum’s gig- and ran into an interesting formula/calculation […]

Modified Ultrafiltration During Cardiopulmonary Bypass

“MUF following separation from extracorporeal circulation (ECC) provides well known advantages in children with improvements in the hemodynamic, pulmonary, coagulation and other organs functions.” Editor’s Note: Please consider the fact that I am NOT a pediatric perfusionist, so this article may be too rudimentary for you Peds guys out there 🙂 Nevertheless- this post began […]

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 […]

Synchronized vs. Unsynchronized Cardioversion

Courtesy of ACLS-Algotithms.com  (Click image to view site) Editor’s Note: It’s funny how you can go an entire career doing something (CPB) and hear the same thing every day, but actually not evaluate what it means.  Yes, I have taken ACLS and studied the electrophysiology of the heart. So anyway, we have just taken off the […]

An ECMO in OMAN: FB Discussion

Editor’s Note: I saw this discussion on the Perfusion.com Group FB page, and thought it merited a post here on ‘Surfes– to demonstrate how effective new media communication can be in real time. Please feel free to add to the discussion 🙂 Frank = Saleh Al Harthy Yesterday at 9:36am · Al Amarat, Oman – […]

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 🙂 […]

Pressors; Q; or Volume?

Editor’s Note: Well I was surfing the perfusio.com FB perfusion group, when I came across a continuing dialogue on when and why to adjust pressure using flow, vasopressors, or volume… So it seemed to be a pretty advanced thread- and I thought I would share it to see if anyone else wanted to join in? Pressors; […]

PICU Nursing: Honing Your ECMO Skills

Editor’s Note: So I was @ Women’s & Children’s Hospital – here in West Texas, doing some platelet gel cases, when I decided to drop by the PICU to visit friends I hadn’t seen in awhile. The PICU staff was pretty thin- so I asked where everybody was- and found out they were conducting an ECMO wet […]

International CQI: USA: Total Oxygenator Failure

Operation: ACB x 3. Pt. Data 70 years old Gender: Male 71 inches 79 Kilograms 1.94 BSA Baseline Hematocrit- 44% Pertinant Hx: Unremarkable. No coagulopathic issues No other issues-  patient appeared to be  robust and healthy. Plan: ACB x 3:  Mild Hypothermia- 34 degrees C.. Prime Constituents: 300 ml  Normosol 5,000 units heparin 37.5 g […]

From Italy [ 7 ] Reshaping the Heart

Editor’s Note: Once again, just checking early morning news and chatter on Facebook, and another interesting link rears it’s head.   I found this article on an Italian perfusion FB page by CardioPeople- an Italian resource- very well organized, and very professional. Link:  https://www.facebook.com/universita.campobasso They provided an English version of the above cited topic- so […]

From Italy [ 6 ] Mitral Prosthesis, Implantation on the Beating Heart

Editor’s Note: Once again, just checking early morning news and chatter on Facebook, and another interesting link rears it’s head.   I found this article on an Italian perfusion FB page by CardioPeople- an Italian resource- very well organized, and very professional.  http://www.cardiopeople-network.com/social/index.php?do=%2Fpages%2F10%2F They provided an English version of the above cited topic- so I […]