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-

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FA 2016

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 is challenging, and I enjoy learning new techniques, other ways of doing things, as well as getting exposure to alternate approaches and paradigms.  

So I took 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 if possible).”

Enjoy 🙂


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Hospital 47

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Arrival to Parking Garage- 7:30 AM

Well, here it is, 10 hospitals later in the course of 16 months.  Those 10 clinical sites were spread out over 6 states (South and Midwest).  I have arrived to site 47, albeit, I was at this hospital way back in the day (1999) when I did a brief locum’s stint in the interim between full time positions.

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Waiting to meet a perfusionist- with no clue what she looks like…

I look at where I started, and compare myself now, and some things have remained the same, others have evolved with time and experience.

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A really nice view…


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.

A lot of Hotels…


This is the Candlewood Suites in Fitchburg.  Aron is the manager- very professional guy, Maura is the young lady that checked me in- extremely kind and engaging, and there is this Mexican HS student (Yarely), that is totally bilingual and has a knack for getting me to try to speak more Spanish.


These guys have given me about 30 new room keys lol- THANKS!

These are the people that make living alone in a hotel- a little more bearable.

If you haven’t tried Candlewood Suites for long term assignments- I have done so in numerous states- and they are always on top of their game.

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And of Course I have Evolved… (my swag bag has) 🙂


This is more of a 511 Tactical bag (Gander Mtn)  Fully modifiable

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Contents: from top left to right:

  1. OSHA glasses
  2. Phillips and Slot screwdrivers
  3. Compact adjustable wrench
  4. Tape measure (ECC modifications and changes)
  5. S Hook- for supporting lines, or IV bags
  6. The BADGE
  7. Very Cool flexible cord with memory (more on this below)
  8. Mini flashlight (Lowes)
  9. Hexhead and Alyn head wrenches
  10. Sticky notes (Duh…)
  11. Sharpie (Syringe labeling etc-)
  12. Scissors with badge holder strap- (The strap is cool on the side of your scrubs)


I got this malleable band at Lowes.  It is excellent because it is strong and the memory is superb.  I attached a Quadrox Oxygenator to the post of an LVAD/ECMO cart because we didn’t have the holder.


Anyway, if you travel, you probably have something like this- it comes in handy especially for solo accounts.

Have an excellent Labor Day weekend 🙂


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