Is it Covid- Or just a Summer Cold? Summer Cold :)

Editor’s Note: Because of where we are, where we work, and what we do, most working perfusionists right now will encounter a moment where you have to reconcile that what you are doing may constitute a significant health risk to us, and God forbid- our families.  This isn’t all about altruism and a call-of-duty, sometimes […]

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Fighting Back! Setup Your Own Dept Covid Symptoms Database

Editor’s Note: These days when someone sneezes or coughs- EVERYBODY turns and looks.  Herd mentality for sure. The main symptoms of COVID-19 Include a cough, shortness of breath and a fever. Additionally, you might have digestive problems ― like nausea or diarrhea ― a headache and a sore throat. At the onset of the illness, […]

Cloth Surgical Masks- with Disposable Inserts are an Excellent Work Around!

Editor’s Note: The mask I am wearing is one of four cloth masks that were custom made for me by Caitlyn Bondank, owner of a custom sewing business called SewingSolutions.ME. Email:  Orderdanks@gmail.com Click on Image Above to view Website –   I had approached her about making and designing these masks in lieu of our […]

Perfusion Art: “This Is Our Life NOW…”

Perfusion Art: “This Is Our Life NOW…” Photographer: Frank Aprile, CCP Equipment: iphone 8 plus Editing: None Narrative: Time & Place: 2020: Daniel Boone Country- Ohio River About The Artist:  Perfusionist Commentary:  Putting another Mask to bed for the night with his new Brother- after a late emergency heart.  TWINNING!

A Locum’s ScrapBook: A Hotel Shines in the CoronaZONE

Editor’s Note: Well, it’s the weekend- and we are all a bit dazed.  Hospitals cancelling all elective cases, a shortage of surgical masks and personal protective equipment, social distancing, closed restaurants, rampant misinformation, social paranoia, and a lot of ostriches.  Endless absolutely worthless national  press conferences with noone giving out any tangible hard facts- a […]

Perfusion Art: “Social Distancing- Our New Normal”

Perfusion Art: “Social Distancing- Our New Normal” Photographer: Frank Aprile, CCP Equipment: iphone 8 plus Editing: None Narrative:  A look at what going out to dinner looks like now :). Time & Place: 2020: Daniel Boone Country- Ohio River About The Artist:  Perfusionist Commentary:  Working on Social Distancine

From ZERO- to HERO! The Lowly and Taken For-Granted… Surgical Mask…

Editor’s Note: I have put people on bypass at 54 hospitals. I have worked as a surgical first assistant in another 10 hospitals – and in the operating room theater of at least five military hospitals. I won’t even begin to try to count the days, hours, or the number of operations that this implies, […]

CDC Recommendations for Respiratory Protection During COVID-19

Editor’s Note: Due Diligence:  Plz Visit CoronaVirus.Gov–  Just want to get it out there- God Bless Frank Click Image Above to View CoronaVirus.Gov

Can Anesthesia Ventilators in the O.R. be Used as ICU Vents?

Editor’s Note: – Question? If we are going to eliminate elective surgeries in our operating rooms- how many ventilators does that free up? – And taking it a step further- wouldn’t that secluded and far superior isolation/sterile technique imply an advantage for our sickest patients?  It’s a very significant alternative resource that may merit a […]

Week 2: Our Warriors: Meet our Hispanic Brothers- Jaime & Jesus

Editor’s Note: Say HELLO to Jaime & Jesus.  They work at Los Bravos Mexican Restaurant.  They came to America- found opportunity- and cook great food. Now they repay us- and they are giving us our opportunity to at least get take out food, and they are very brave and exemplary in doing it. Jesus- on […]

Week 2: Our Warriors: Meet Angelica…

Editor’s Note: Say HELLO to Angelica. She stands tall and should make us all proud. More about that later… This is week two of the coronavirus wave, and I have to admit that last week was like getting a bucket of cold water splashed in your face to wake you up from your sleep. Not […]

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 […]

Covid 19: ITALY Will Prevail !

Editor’s Note: All I can say is that I have known Giuseppe Salerno since I started this blog.  I love this man- because he is so very straight up and just a very decent human being. He cares- and that stands out in all things G (my short name for Giuseppe). We have never met- […]