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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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 […]

Excerpts from: Heart Surgery in America: Which Edge of the Knife?

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 […]