Excerpts from: Heart Surgery in America: The Joshua Story

Editor’s Note: This book is NOW over 99% written and moving into the Editing Phase! The title of the book is “The Tips of Spears- An Inside Look At Heart Surgery in America” It is a rendering of the reality, sometimes sad and at times funny, emotional, and clinical vignettes of the many different aspects […]

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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- […]

Corona Virus: Surviving COMES With a Price?

Editor’s Note: I have to say that when I first started hearing about and thinking about the coronavirus, I pretty much categorized that into what I was most familiar with – which was the swine flu (H1N1). That particular epidemic I have pretty significant familiarity with, probably 250 to 300 hours of ECMO on swine […]

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 […]


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

A Locum’s ScrapBook: What is Homelessness?

Editor’s Note: I have been doing Locum’s perfusion for about 5 ½ years now. All I can tell you is that it is challenging, rewarding, and definitely keeps you on your toes. But after being toe walker for the last portion of this part of my career, I must say it is not fun in […]

Corona Virus & Reminders of H1N1 (Swine Flu)

Editor’s Note: Yeah- We are all a little worried.  But this is not a time to get tunnel vision.  Isolation, hording, fear of contact, mistrust, paralyzing fear, xenophobia, spastic parasympathetic responses to something as normal as a human sneeze- or cough- WE ARE BETTER THAN THAT. That visceral parasympathetic/sympathetic reaction to human stress- is called […]

A Locum’s ScrapBook: Home2 Suites! An Oasis in Southern Indiana :)

Editor’s Note: As part of this series A Locum’s ScrapBook, I tried to detail every aspect of perfusion life that traveling contract perfusionists such as myself encounter during our travels to various contract sites. I’ve done a few reviews of places that I stayed because I think it’s important and relevant to travelers such as […]