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 Art: “Harnessed Life”

  Perfusion Art: “Harnessed Life” Photographer:  Frank Aprile, CCP Equipment:  IPhone something Editing:  Water Color Filter   Narrative:  On Bypass Baybee!!! Time & Place:   Northern Indiana, 2019 About The Artist:  Perfusionist Commentary:  An amazing view of the tentacles of life 🙂   Another Variant of this Picture 🙂

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 […]