911: The Call that Wakes Us…

Editor’s Note: It seems hard to believe that it’s been 18 years since September 11, 2001. Just like everyone else I remember exactly where I was the moment I found out that our innocence was lost and that we were under attack. The 9/11 date infers an odd coincidence considering the national call-sign for any […]

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Giapreza: A Synthetic Human Angiotensin II: Rx for Vasoplegia in CV Surgery?

Editor’s Note: I was having a conversation with my heart surgeon here in the upper Midwest- when he mentioned a newer medication- Giaprezza (A Synthetic Human Angiotensin II: as potential Rx for Vasoplegia associated post CPP in CV Surgery). Since I needed to educate myself on this drug, I thought I would look it up […]

Perfusion Art: “Easter Island”

Perfusion Art: “Easter Island” Photographer:  Frank Aprile, CCP Equipment:  IPhone something Editing:  Water Color Filter   Narrative:  Ist Assistant Jacek- Harvesting an SVG Graft Time & Place:   Northern Indiana, 2018 About The Artist:  Perfusionist Commentary:  POV- From the Ground Up

Perfusion Art: “EchoMANIA”

Perfusion Art: “EchoMANIA” Photographer:  Frank Aprile, CCP Equipment:  IPhone something Editing:  Water Color Filter   Narrative:  Preop- ECHO 101 Time & Place:   Northern Indiana, 2018 About The Artist:  Perfusionist Commentary:  Identifying Valve Gradients and Random Wall Motion Abnormalities

Kierra Jones? LET’S INVEST in the Future :)

Editor’s Note: Hi All 🙂 I decided to write this endorsement for Kierra Jones- because well- she just doesn’t quit.  You may remember that I wrote a post about her (see below) because of how well she articulated her reasons for wanting to enter the profession- as well as the dogged tenacity she has employed […]

Career Perfusionist [20] A Week and some…

Editor’s Note:   Quite the week we have had.  I wanted to share some words a prospective perfusionist wrote- after answering the question of WHY?  He is working in the capacity of an Autotransfusionist- despite having a degree in another highly lucrative profession.  A profession that the majority of his could-have-been colleagues have most likely […]

Perfusion Art: “Manifold Madness”

Perfusion Art: “Manifold Madness” Photographer:  Frank Aprile, CCP Equipment:  IPhone something Editing:  Water Color Filter   Narrative:  Welcome to SICU! Time & Place:   Northern Indiana, 2018 About The Artist:  Perfusionist Commentary:  Each Stopcock pretty much implies an added 2  fold increase in terms of degree of difficulty 🙂

Perfusion Art: “M”

Perfusion Art: “M” Photographer:  Frank Aprile, CCP Equipment:  IPhone something Editing:  Water Color Filter   Narrative:  A Heart Surgeon’s POV Time & Place:   Northern Indiana, 2018 About The Artist:  Perfusionist Commentary:  Placing the purse string for the AO Cannula 🙂

Perfusion Art: “Amber Q”

Perfusion Art: “Amber Q” Photographer:  Frank Aprile, CCP Equipment:  IPhone something Editing:  Water Color Filter   Narrative:  Thinking ECMO:  “Pretty Intense Day” Time & Place:   Northern Indiana, 2018 About The Artist:  Perfusionist Commentary:  To VV?  Or NOT to VV?

Perfusion Art: “SymBiosis”

Perfusion Art: “SymBiosis” Photographer:  Frank Aprile, CCP Equipment:  IPhone something Editing:  Water Color Filter   Narrative:  Off Pump:  “Pretty Intense Day” Time & Place:   Northern Indiana, 2018 About The Artist:  Perfusionist Commentary:  Darkened Room- Time for a CXR

Perfusion Humor- Yep :)

Editor’s Note: I was checking our FB this evening- and saw this amazing picture of a whale’s heart.  What a beast!  BSA?  3 FB fields? Anyway- what really cracked me up were a couple comments on the thread. So have a nice Friday night- and enjoy! Peace 🙂

Continuous Crystalloid Renal Perfusion During Open AAA Repair?

Editor’s Note: During a pretty hectic day in the OR, we had an add on case that initially seemed fairly routine- a request for autotransfusion for an upcoming open AAA repair.  The case was scheduled for another day, and I just happened to run into the surgeon in the Drs lounge- and he asked for […]

Perfusion Art: “Ramping Up…”

Perfusion Art: “Ramping Up…” Photographer:  Frank Aprile, CCP Equipment:  IPhone something Editing:  Water Color Filter   Narrative:  Adam:  “Hard at work, hoping for everyone’s sake I don’t have to do anything” Time & Place:   Northern Indiana, 2018 About The Artist:  Perfusionist Commentary:  Reading Literary Theory/Philosophy- ok…   yeah…