Fighting Back! A Michigan 2-Room Elementary School- Lives up to it’s Name: BIG JACKSON!!!

Editor’s Note: Not sure I need to justify the relationship of this post to our Perfusion community- but I suppose the impact of Covid 19 becomes more evident as we deal with the uncertainty of exposure and subsequent isolation, and quarantine AWAY from our families as we dive into an   oncoming wave of possible ECMO […]

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Perfusion Job Shadow SEEKERS

Job Shadow Seekers Job Shadow Registry: G O A L S Allow people seeking job shadow opportunities to list themselves when they register, Allow people offering their sites for job shadow opportunities to be listed in this registry as well. Connecting the dots– to the entry requirements on the checklist. All responses will be listed […]

How is Your Moral Compass Today?

Editor’s Note: Well it was a Friday morning with a pretty nondescript schedule. There was one heart on for the day , I am on call – and life is good. I got a text at about 8:30 AM, letting me know that the case was canceled, that the circuit was completely set up and […]

‘Surfers Time Line- Though the Last 9 Years :)

Editor’s Note: I thought I would put together a thumbnail gallery of the life and times @ Circuit Surfers, as a way to let you- the reader- pick and choose what images you would like to look at.  Some of these are from the International Perfusion Art Gallery. Others were taken from various posts and […]

A Locum’s ScrapBook: Sometimes You Just Get to a Program that Absolutely H A S What it Takes :)

Heading to The Next Planet I’m Gonna land On 🙂 Editor’s Note: Just finished up a stint in the southern Midwest that lasted roughly 6 months from June to December, it’s a place I have pumped at before, and it’s a program that I hold in high regard. I’m going home for two weeks on […]

The Year in Review: Perfusion Art 2019

Merry Christmas 2019!  Be KIND- Allow Love into your Heart 🙂 Editor’s Note: Its been a heck of a year.  The world is less safe, things are heating up, heart surgery doesn’t stop, and our assertion as perfusionists- to deliver undiminished supreme performance each and every day- remains unaffected- because that is the nature of […]

Perfusion Art: “ParaCHute”

Perfusion Art: “ParaCHute” Photographer: Frank Aprile, CCP Equipment: iphone 8 plus Editing: None Narrative:  A salvaged unit of processed cell saver blood- waiting to be deployed. Time & Place: 2019: Daniel Boone Country- Ohio River About The Artist:  Perfusionist Commentary:  Available to be returned to the ECC or transferred to MDA post CPB 🙂

“I’ve put Femoral Art Lines in My Last 3 Patient’s…”

Editor’s Note: I heard this comment from a CV surgeon the other day- and reminded him that all 3 were very long pump runs (exceeding 180 minutes) and that based on anecdotal observation- I have always noticed a direct correlation to the increased amount of phenyephrine administered during the course of a long  pump run- […]

Hep C- How Totally Unprepared and Ignorant We Really Are…

Editor’s Note: What Doesn’t Kill You- makes You Stronger? Sometime during the course of my third decade working as a cardiac perfusionist, I made a phone call to my wife immediately following some open-heart operation that I had just completed. In the call, I somewhat frantically relayed to her my serious concern that I had […]

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 […]

Perfusion Art: “The Noble IMA”

Perfusion Art: “The Noble IMA” Photographer: Frank Aprile, CCP Equipment: iphone 8 plus Editing: Photoshop Art Filters  Narrative: Reducing extraneous tissue and debris from the IMA Time & Place: 2019: Daniel Boone Country- Ohio River About The Artist:  Perfusionist Commentary: A Naked silhouette of the IMA as it is surgically manicured 

Another Type of Heparin Allergy? Alpha-Gal = Meat Allergies…

Editor’s Note: I had an interesting discussion with my colleague yesterday, in regards to a heparin sensitive patient about to undergo cardiopulmonary bypass surgery. Of course I forwarded a link for clinical information/recommendations on Angiomax and Agatroban- but he informed me it wasn’t necessary as it was a different sort of allergy. This is/was not […]

Yeah… We’re International! 158 Countries!

Editor’s Note: Over 1 Million Visits!  – 158 Countries! = 56% Domestic-  44% International!  YEAH BAybee! = Pump Strong! (bcf) Countries Visits from 158 countries registered. == No. Country Last Visit Percent & Number of Visits 1 United States Tue Oct 1, 2019 12:26:08 56.52% 19,157 2 India Tue Oct 1, 2019 10:58:40 7.46% 2,529 […]