Heart Surgery in America: Wednesday 1.0

Click HERE for the entire Series… Day 1 Just one of those days.  Nothing scary on the horizon- and our desert world is getting watered 🙂 Loaded for Bear Torrential ?  Maybe not- but you never know when there will be some blood loss to be dealt with … One of those AAA cases with […]

Heart Surgery in America

Click HERE for the entire Series… Editor’s Note: I am planning on publishing a book regarding heart surgery in America- and all of the nuances that implies. I invite you to contribute your  comments or essays on how you feel about the process currently in place @ your institution. This book will be raw in […]

HELP ! Looking for Medos Oxygenators

Editor’s Note: I received an email today regarding the Medos pediatric oxygenator: “Frank, browsing for a supply of pediatric oxy’s and found your post on the Medos oxygenator system. I used this once eons ago in Italy- worked superbly. I want to try to get some for a big project. Any contacts out there?” Jeffrey […]

Let’s Discuss… THE ZONE

Editor’s Note: As a followup to the prior post comparing Rock Climbing to Heart Surgery– I wanted to emphasize a certain aspect of a heightened degree of symmetry and awareness that happens when a heart team is completely in synch. It’s called “the Zone” and we have all been there at one time or another- […]

The Unique Similarities in Getting to the Finish & Surviving

Dr William Springer before the Presentation Open Heart Surgery IS RISKY- yet necessary for some people It saves lives But can take lives as well … It is a process that requires: Team Dedication Patient / Physician Trust Incredible Precision Professional & Personal Courage A Commitment to Overcome Challenges = = = = = = […]

Perfusion Art: “Blood Prime”

“Blood Prime”    ________Click image to enlarge Photographer:  Frank Aprile, BBA, LP, CCP Equipment:  Digital Editing:  Photoshop:  Cropping: Hue & Contrast adjustments. Narrative:  Blood being dropped in the prime for a low HCT patient- Note how it’s beginning to mix with the albumin…  It will be used to chase the rest of the crystalloid out- to […]

Perfusion Art: “Granite Reflections”

“Granite Reflections”    ________Click image to enlarge Photographer:  Frank Aprile, BBA, LP, CCP Equipment:  Digital Editing:  Photoshop:  Cropping: Hue & Contrast adjustments. Narrative:  The colorful “reflection” of heart surgery… Time & Place:   2013  West Texas About The Picture:  Middle of an OpCab Click to Donate Click here to View Gallery Any Donations are for the cost […]

Perfusion Art: “The Art Gallery ProtoType”

“The Art Gallery ProtoType”    ________Click image to enlarge Photographer:  Frank Aprile, BBA, LP, CCP Equipment:  Digital Editing:  Photoshop:  Cropping: Hue & Contrast adjustments. Narrative:  The 1st production canvas- for the Feb 2014 CREF perfusion conference in San Diego, CA Time & Place:   2013  West Texas About The Picture:  Using my team mates to get a […]

Perfusion Art: “The Asian Equation”

“The Asian Equation”    ________Click image to enlarge Photographer:  Anna Lou Villena, Perfusionist Equipment:  Digital Editing:  Photoshop:  Cropping: Hue & Contrast adjustments. Narrative:  The Philippines & China come together as a heart team Time & Place:   2013  Jilin Heart Hospital About The Picture:  A group of colleagues in China 🙂 Click to Donate Click here to […]

Perfusion Art: “Sizing the Graft”

“Sizing the Graft”    ________Click image to enlarge Photographer:  Frank Aprile, BBA, LP, CCP Equipment:  Digital Editing:  Photoshop:  Cropping: Hue & Contrast adjustments. Narrative:  Somewhere in the middle of an OpCab … Time & Place:   2013 About The Picture:  CCP in Texas:  Editor: Circuit Surfers: Click to Donate Click here to View Gallery Any Donations are for […]

Letter To ‘Surfers: Protocols & ECC Setups ?

Editor’s Note: I received an email today regarding ECC setups and institutional protocols.  If you have any suggestions or written protocols, perhaps you could share them with Ryan ? Hello Frank,  I sent a post to you back in June that you entitled, ‘Is Perfusion a Dead Language?’. I am happy to say that I […]

Desert Heart- ICHF in Iraq

Editors Note: I first heard of the International Children’s Heart Foundation and it’s founder and Medical Director, Dr. Bill Novick, from interviews and dialogue with Brian Forsberg, MPH, CCP. Here are some details of scope of their mission: Published on Jan 22, 2013 As US troops were ending their mission a Babyheart mission had just […]

We Made It To Z Big Time !

Perfusionist Blogger Frank Aprile of Circuitsurfers.com Interviews Dr. Novick Click images to view source article … Editors Note: I first heard of the International Children’s Heart Foundation and it’s founder and Medical Director, Dr. Bill Novick, from interviews and dialogue with Brian Forsberg, MPH, CCP. And now it seems that a recent interview with Dr. […]

Perfusion Art: “Arterial Switch”

“Arterial Switch”    _______________________Click image to enlarge Photographer:  Undetermined Equipment: Smart Phone Editing:  Photoshop:  Cropping: Hue & Contrast adjustments: Narrative:  Kharkiv Center of Cardiac Surgery : First arterial switch operation made completely by Kharkov team without any supervision. Baby is doing extremely well. Time & Place:   2013, Kharkiv Center of Cardiac Surgery About The Artist:  Kharkiv […]

Perfusion Art: “The Count”

“The Count”    ________Click image to enlarge Photographer:  Frank Aprile, BBA, LP, CCP Equipment:  Digital Editing:  Photoshop:  Cropping: Hue & Contrast adjustments. Narrative:  Somewhere in the middle of an AVR … Time & Place:   2013 About The Picture:  CCP in Texas:  Editor: Circuit Surfers: Click to Donate Click here to View Gallery Any Donations are for the […]

Perfusion Art: “Locked & Loaded”

“Locked & Loaded”    ________Click image to enlarge Photographer:  Frank Aprile, BBA, LP, CCP Equipment:  Digital Editing:  Photoshop:  Cropping: Hue & Contrast adjustments. Narrative:  Somewhere in the middle of a Benthal… Time & Place:   2013 About The Picture:  CCP in Texas:  Editor: Circuit Surfers: Click to Donate Click here to View Gallery Any Donations are for the […]

Circuit Surfers is 2 Years Old !

Why?  Cuz I think cool pictures are part of our lives … 2 Years … Wow !  Never really thought it would go this long- or that it went by so fast. First of all- Thanks all of you for joining and reading.  Slowly you guys started trusting or at least enjoying the site- and […]

VAD / ECMO Policy: Generic & Universal

Editor’s Note: This is a disclaimer: As with all material presented on this site,  please use your own judgement as to what you feel is clinically safe, vetted, and makes sense to you.  This blog is NOT peer reviewed or sanctioned by any perfusion associated review board or academic body. That is not to say […]

Perfusion Art: “Crystalloid Reverie”

“Crystalloid Reverie”    ________Click image to enlarge Photographer:  Frank Aprile, BBA, LP, CCP Equipment:  Digital Editing:  Photoshop:  Cropping: Hue & Contrast adjustments. Narrative:  In the middle of a double valve from behind the pump… Time & Place:   2012 About The Picture:  CCP in Texas:  Editor: Circuit Surfers: Click to Donate Click here to View Gallery Any Donations […]