Continuous Crystalloid Renal Perfusion During Open AAA Repair?

Editor’s Note:   Hello South Carolina and a shout out to my friends in Greer: )!  I have a student looking for a job shadow opportunity in the South Carolina area. Here’s our prospective student’s message to you as well as a contact email: To whom this may concern, Hi my name is Joe and […]

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Is Verbal Abuse an Issue in The Heart Room?

Readers Comment:  “This is so necessary to discuss in our very small community. There is strength in numbers and unfortunately most perfusionists can easily find themselves isolated and feeling alone in their situation. Thank you for bringing this topic to light.”   Editor’s Note:   It’s a reasonable question– as it occurs on a daily […]

Plz Take This Survey: #PerfusionToo!

Editor’s Note:   I have been in medicine my entire life.  Janitor-Crisis Center Volunteer-EMT-Navy Hospital Corpsman-Surgical Scrub Tech-1st Assistant-Perfusionist.  That covers a few decades, 60+ hospitals, and a lot of medical professionals to meet, greet, and work with.  Obviously, with that sort of exposure, you see a lot of things, and colleagues share their thoughts, […]

“SLOPPY” is NOT- In the Perfusion Dictionary!

Editor’s Note:   I have huge respect for the manufacturers of our ECC packs and disposables.  Most often, if a pack needs to be customized or changed- they are right on it.  However, over the past few weeks I have been working with this one disposable ECC that has been a huge disappointment in terms […]

Perfusion Art: “Tools of the Trade”

“Tools of the Trade” Photographer: Frank Aprile, BBA, LP, CCP Equipment:  IPhone 8S Editing:  Photoshop: Contrast Filter Narrative:  Metal Clip Broad, Office Key, Pump Clamps. Hole Punch, Table Line Clips Time & Place:  April 2018- Tri-State Midwest About The Artist:  Locum’s Perfusionist About The Subject:  Always Be Ready to Move to a New Clinical Site…

40+ Perfusion CME’s : Have Breakfast with your Family at Home- and Chat with Your Colleagues After :)

Editor’s Note: As we are increasingly busy and very often- understaffed, the opportunity to attend a Perfusion seminar or symposium in order to meet our CME requirements, has represented a strain on Perfusion families, as well as groups and clinical sites.  To put it plainly, It is difficult, at times- financially prohibitive, and most often […]

Perfusion Job Shadow: Indianapolis, or Indiana

Editor’s Note:   Indianapolis?  Having been raised in West Lafayette, IN, I know better than to call it “NapTowne” 🙂  Anyway, this young ICU nurse is looking for a job shadow opportunity, I know her personally- and included her in a post over a year ago- re; An IABP transport from Lafayette to Indy.  Plz […]

Perfusion Art: Reverie …

“Reverie …” Photographer: Frank Aprile, BBA, LP, CCP Equipment:  IPhone 8S Editing:  Photoshop: Contrast Filter Narrative:  A Serene Moment, Preparing for Initiation of CPB Time & Place:  March 2018- Tri-State Midwest About The Artist:  Locum’s Perfusionist About The Subject:  HB  CCP  🙂

Persistent Low Q States During CPB:

Editor’s Note: Low flow (Q) perfusion states on CPB are cardiopulmonary bypass are conditions we encounter quite often on our bypass runs, and can stem from a myriad of clinical conditions:  Pt Size, Inadequate venous return, Anatomical issues, Femoral cannulation, Hypovolemia, Cannula selection, Inadequate visibility, and so forth… Typically, one or more of these conditions […]

Perfusion Job Shadow: Hello Los Angeles, California !!

Editor’s Note:   Hello Los Angeles, California!  I have a student looking for a job shadow opportunity in the Southern California area. Here’s our prospective student’s message to you as well as a contact email: Greetings!! My name is Laraine Dychioco, an ICU RN in Los Angeles, California. I have grown an interest in becoming […]

A Locum’s ScrapBook: The 3 Amigos..

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 […]

NextGen Perfusionists: Filtering out Bias

Editor’s Note: I was reminded last night while texting my perfusion bud- Whitt, that the idea of expecting new grads to have mastered the art of setting up monitoring lines, Swanz-Gannz, etc; and be more or less ready to troubleshoot monitoring systems, was “Old School”.  Bummer for me 🙁 I then asked if being able […]

Perfusion Art: “The Phoenix Returns”

Editor’s Note:   Quite awhile ago, in the beginning of the 2nd year of it’s life, the young blog CircuitSurfers.com made a revolutionary step, and called out to it’s reader for art submissions to create an on-line International Perfusion Art Gallery.  With the help of many contributors, we developed quite a repository of unique art […]