Perfusion Policies 101: Custodial Cardioplegia

Editor;s Note: So last night- I got a text from a good friend of mine JE down in Southern Indiana regarding where to position the bubble detector on an ECC with an integrated membrane oxygenator (ie: the ALF is part of the membrane component thus an ALF post membrane is not required). The message is […]

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Perfusion Art: “The Red Tower”

Perfusion Art: “The Red Tower” Photographer:  Frank Aprile, CCP Equipment:  IPhone something Editing:  Multiple Filters   Narrative: These Colors REALLY pop! Time & Place:   Northern Indiana, 2019 About The Artist:  Perfusionist Commentary:  A fun picture 🙂

Perfusion Art: “COLD Sweat”

Perfusion Art: “COLD Sweat” Photographer:  Frank Aprile, CCP Equipment:  IPhone something Editing:  Multiple Filters   Narrative: Condensation on Cardioplegia Filter Time & Place:   Northern Indiana, 2019 About The Artist:  Perfusionist Commentary:  A fun picture 🙂

Perfusion Art: “uNDER the hOOD”

Perfusion Art: “uNDER the hOOD” Photographer:  Frank Aprile, CCP Equipment:  IPhone something Editing:  Multiple Filters   Narrative: Camera view of the Surgical Team From the Ground Up 🙂 Time & Place:   Northern Indiana, 2019 About The Artist:  Perfusionist Commentary:  A fun picture 🙂 Variant of the Original:

A Locum’s ScrapBook: “Dealing with Venous Line Kinks and Chatter”

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 […]

A Locum’s ScrapBook: An Oasis for The Heart Team? The Residence Inn- Marriott in Mishawaka, Indiana :)

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: “eVH Aside”

Perfusion Art: “eVH Aside” Photographer:  Frank Aprile, CCP Equipment:  IPhone something Editing:  Multiple Filters   Narrative:  Camera view after completion of EVH Time & Place:   Northern Indiana, 2019 About The Artist:  Perfusionist Commentary:  A fun picture 🙂

Perfusion Art: “LUFT-Balloons

Perfusion Art: “LUFT-Balloons Photographer:  Frank Aprile, CCP Equipment:  IPhone something Editing:  Multiple Filters Narrative:  Pre Bypass- Blood Prime Time & Place:   Northern Indiana, 2019 About The Artist:  Perfusionist Commentary:  2 units and and prime meds- ready to drop 🙂

Survey Results: Bubble Detector Placement

Editor;s Note: Here are the preliminary results for the Bubble Detector Positioning Survey that we started earlier this week.  We have a nice international distribution of opinions rendered here- and I want to thank all of you for taking the time to respond as well as leaving your comments- those were very enlightening IMO 🙂 […]

The BEST Positioning for Air Detector on ECC ? Survey

Editor;s Note: So last night- I got a text from a good friend of mine JE down in Southern Indiana regarding where to position the bubble detector on an ECC with an integrated membrane oxygenator (ie: the ALF is part of the membrane component thus an ALF post membrane is not required). The message is […]

Perfusion Art: “Self Portrait”

Perfusion Art: “Self Portrait” Photographer:  Frank Aprile, CCP Equipment:  IPhone something Editing:  None Narrative:  Pre Bypass Time & Place:   Northern Indiana, 2019 About The Artist:  Perfusionist Commentary:  A different kind of Selfie 🙂 🙂 The Variant of this Picture 🙂

Excerpts From Heart Surgery in America: Pump Zombies

Editor’s Note: This book is NOW over 3/4 written, It is a rendering of the reality, sometimes sad and at times funny, emotional, and clinical vignettes of the many different aspects relating to open heart surgery- from the perspective of a perfusionist. This book is a commentary not only on the intricacies of heart surgery, […]

International CQI: Current Participant Registry: N=160

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 […]