STONE Heart: Mechanisms of Injury

Editor’s Note: Was chilling- and on call in PA,  looked at my FB and saw a link my wife, Kashmir left on my Time Line.  A nice reminder of why I started this blog to begin with, and an inspiring video that places what we do in perspective: We do this so that people have […]

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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 […]

‘Surfers 2017: The Best of the Best

  Editor’s Note: 2017 was a notable year- for how unsettled the entire world has been 🙁 I keep above and away from the topics of : politics, religion, cultural animosity, etc.  The basic metric that ties us all together is medicine, and our universal desire (as a group) to improve or save lives, regardless […]

A Pump is Born: 2

Editor’s Note:   In the last post regarding building a new HL machine (A Pump is Born 1), we watched the methodical assembly of a new Terumo System 1.  Today, is the second and more challenging (most perfusionists LOVE this part) process of adapting and customizing the HL machine, and putting your own ECC on […]

PDC Equipment List 12/19/2017

Editor’s Note:   Current perfusion equipment for sale and wanted list:  Some pretty good deals and opportunities here – PDC Equipment List 12/19/2017 To All: PDC Equipment Sales, Inc. offers a variety of new and used perfusion-related equipment and supplies. We can help your hospital sell old equipment for a value much greater than the […]

A New Tool: Job Shadow Goals & Observations

Editor’s Note:   A job shadow candidate, came up with a an innovative tool designed to outline some basic learning objectives for potential perfusion students.  In all reality, this is a no-brainer, and I’m surprised that I was actually surprised.  I invite your perfusion teams to use it, it’s simple yet represents a nice guideline […]

Perfusion Job Shadow Request:Texas ?

Editor’s Note:   Hello Texas  and a shout out to my friends in Lubbock and Lufkin : )!  I have a student looking for a job shadow opportunity near the Texas A&M area- but willing to travel. Here’s our prospective student’s message to you as well as a contact email: My name is Faith Gaskamp, […]