The Perfect “10”

Editor’s Note: “It’s uniquely exhilarating doing something so few can do.  That pretty much describes my life as a perfusionist, putting people on cardiopulmonary bypass for open-heart surgery.  I think we are reminded of our human fallibility (the potential to err is in all of us) each day we put someone on a heart-lung machine […]

A Locum’s ScrapBook: Home2 Suites! An Oasis in Southern Indiana :)

Editor’s Note: As part of this series A Locum’s ScrapBook, I tried to detail every aspect of perfusion life that traveling contract perfusionists such as myself encounter during our travels to various contract sites. I’ve done a few reviews of places that I stayed because I think it’s important and relevant to travelers such as […]

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 […]

A Locum’s ScrapBook: Home2 Suites/Hilton & The 3 Musketeers

Editor’s Note: As part of this series A Locum’s ScrapBook, I tried to detail every aspect of perfusion life that traveling contract perfusionists such as myself encounter during our travels to various contract sites. I’ve done a few reviews of places that I stayed because I think it’s important and relevant to travelers such as […]

A Locum’s ScrapBook: “Dealing with Venous Line Kinks and Chatter”

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 […]

A Locum’s ScrapBook: “Enuff to Survive- But NOT to Thrive…”

“Not a lot about heart surgery here- unless you want to draw a comparison of the title of the post “Enuff to Survive- But NOT to Thrive…” as a metaphor for hypo-perfusion?”   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 […]

A Locum’s ScrapBook: 2 Amigos & a Bag

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 […]

A Locum’s ScrapBook: Finding Mimo…

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 […]

A Locum’s ScrapBook: Friday Night Lights

Fading out… 5 days left here and i’m becoming a memory 🙂 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. […]

A Locums’ ScrapBook: “You Doin’ Alright” vs “Yeah-Yeah-Yeah”

              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 […]

A Locum’s ScrapBook: A Cool ECC Modification

“These shunts were put in place to allow for passive recirculation of the Qust MPS Microplegia system, so that an unexpected negative pressure will NOT deprime the MPS system.” 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 […]

A Locum’s ScrapBook: Hospital 47

“Some programs were completely solo, others very very fast and dynamic. this one is in between those extremes, and looks like a very friendly and pleasant environment.” On Deck- 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 […]

A Locums ScrapBook: A Day in the Life…

“I joked with the crew, and said, we are in the land of the Paramedics, cuz that’s pretty much all you could see.” Editor’s Note: To view the entire “Locum’s ScrapBook” series- click here I’m doing some perfusion traveling as I am taking my show on the road.  As such, every once in awhile I […]

A Locum’s Scrapbook: The ULTIMATE Body Art…

“Heart surgery is the ultimate form of body art- no question about it…” Editor’s Note: I’m doing some perfusion traveling as I am taking my show on the road.  As such, every once in awhile I will be dropping a few notes and pictures of places visited, and observations made.  In a sense, the beginning […]

A Locum’s ScrapBook: Stretched Thin- But Hangin’ In…

“Equally paramount is the frustrations of the surgeons, that are viewing you as a “patch” to fix a bad water leak- and that the quality of that “patch” is as of yet undefined, untested, unproven…” Editor’s Note: I’m doing some perfusion traveling as I am taking my show on the road.  As such, every once […]

A Locum’s ScrapBook: Ports in the Heart-Land

“It’s a program on the rise, as opposed to the matrix of rural or smaller programs out there, that do the meat-and-potatos, day in and day out heart surgery cases, mostly uncomplicated, that so many of us have become seduced by and have taken for granted over the years.” Editor’s Note: I’m doing some perfusion traveling as I am […]

A locum’s Scrap Book: The Haze in the Maze

“When we dream- “perfusion dreams” I think it is a subconscious attempt to deal with latent or buried (perhaps unrecognized) insecurities or issues we have in front of us.” Editor’s Note: When we dream- “perfusion dreams” I think it is a subconscious attempt to deal with latent or buried (perhaps unrecognized) insecurities or issues we have in […]

A Locum’s ScrapBook: Decompressing

Our initials: Carved into the tower exactly 11 years ago when we first met… Editor’s Note: I’m doing some perfusion traveling as I am taking my show on the road.  As such, every once in awhile I will be dropping a few notes and pictures of places visited, and observations made.  In a sense, the […]

A Locum’s ScrapBook: Sometimes Ya Gotta Explore…

Editor’s Note: I’m doing some perfusion traveling as I am taking my show on the road.  As such, every once in awhile I will be dropping a few notes and pictures of places visited, and observations made.  In a sense, the beginning of a scrap book on Open Heart Surgery in America (and other places […]