Editor’s Note: First of all… Happy Easter all 🙂 We all like to talk about adversity and how we overcome it. Rarely do we elaborate on clinical events and the sequence of clinical and/or operational failures that lead to unintended outcomes. The story below is a pretty straight forward account of mishaps and miscues that…

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Perfusion Art: “Clouds or Hope?” Photographer: Unknown- Taken from a Perfusion FB Group and shared by an International brother. Equipment: Your Eyes: How you choose to process random cloud formations. Editing: Anger Hair Filter Narrative: When there are so many bad things in the world… I’d prefer to believe that HOPE always prevails 🙂 Time & Place:   2021: North of the…

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Editor’s Note: I got my 2nd dose of the COVID Vaccine the other day. I don’t recommend any particular vaccine over the other, but I will say that I didn’t suffer some of the reported side effects from the 2nd dose. Didn’t feel a thing to be honest. No fatigue or flu-like symptoms. As I…

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That’s my Son 🙂 Editor’s Note: It’s not that I stopped caring, stress just gets you to a point sometime where the typical flair and zest you have for life and the job we do- well sometimes you end up manufacturing the smiles and enthusiasm. Anyone reading the title would have to be discouraged. It…

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Editor’s Note: I had an interesting case the other day, here at hospital 56. It was an op cab – and it ended up being more than the original grafts that were advertised. This was a fairly routine patient presentation in terms of degree of difficulty, with a particular surgeon for whatever reason always works…

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This book is NOW over 99% written and moving into the Editing Phase! The title of the book is “The Tips of Spears- An Inside Look At Heart Surgery in America” It is a rendering of the reality, sometimes sad and at times funny, emotional, and clinical vignettes of the many different aspects relating to open heart surgery- from the perspective…

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Perfusion Art: “Sequester” Photographer: Frank Aprile Equipment: IPhone 10 ish Editing: Anger Hair Filter Narrative: Sequestering Blood during Circ Arrest 🙂 Time & Place:   2021: South of the Savannah About The Artist:  CCP Commentary: Removing blood from unnecessary trauma and turbulence during the circulatory Arrest phase of an Aortic Arch reconstruction/repair

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Editor’s Note: This is January 27, 2021. A year ago news stories were talking about the Wuhan virus in China, and few of us really took note although it to catch my attention. I think perhaps the American response to all of this was dampened by the political morass that we were embroiled in, and…

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Perfusion Art: “A A Different Kind of Filter” Photographer: Frank Aprile Equipment: IPhone 10 ish Editing: Heavy Filters Narrative: Lunch Break- Selfie at Subway🙂 Time & Place:   2020: South of the Savannah About The Artist:  CCP Commentary: Chilling at a vendor table outside of Subway. Grabbing lunch before the next run

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Perfusion Art: “A Picture Within” Photographer: Frank Aprile Equipment: IPhone 10 ish Editing: Heavy Filters Narrative: Taking a picture of them taking a picture 🙂 Time & Place:   2020: South of the Savannah About The Artist:  CCP Commentary: Reassessing VA ECMO Cannulation…

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Editor’s Note: What is there say about the 2020? In my opinion probably one of the most transitional years we’ve ever experienced. At this point in time we as a medical community are like a punch-drunk fighter who is completely desensitized to the imminent pain that he is currently or about to suffer. A reasonable…

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Perfusion Art: “Put a Little Love in your Art…” – = Photographer: Frank Aprile, BBA, LP, CCP Equipment: Iphone 8+ Editing: Photoshop Narrative:   What stands out in this picture is not the first set of hands holding the crystal heart- RATHER the second set- supporting the first 🙂 Time & Place:  South of the Savanna River, 2020 About…

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Editor’s Note: It was that kind of day, here on the other side of the Savannah river.  When I came down here to assist at the first apex of the COVID-19 crisis, everything was shut down, and fear was palpable in the air.  More ubiquitous than the virus itself, was an apprehension of the organism’s…

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Perfusion Art: “Access DENIED !” – Photographer: Frank Aprile, BBA, LP, CCP Equipment: Iphone 8+ Editing: Photoshop Narrative:   And….   The Cryptic Reality of COVID-19-   This is our Chief Cardiac Anesthesiologist- Truly a gatekeeper to ALL things deleterious to our outcomes.  My sincerest respect 🙂 Time & Place:  South of the Savanna River, 2020 About The…

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Editor’s Note:   I thought I would highlight the last week we have experienced here down South of the Mason-Dixon Line- in pictures with annotations that are just a brief glimpse of the furious pace that we are engaged in, in terms of trying to circumvent a culling of our species, by an opportunistic Apex…

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Editor’s Note: The only thing that Perfusion and Politics have in common is the letter “P”.  Nothing else and nothing more. I respect medicine, have given my life to it, and never thought I would see the day when the clarity of clinical reasoning would become muddled and muddied into an opaque morass of ambiguous…

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Editor’s Note: This book is NOW over 99% written and moving into the Editing Phase! The title of the book is “The Tips of Spears- An Inside Look At Heart Surgery in America” It is a rendering of the reality, sometimes sad and at times funny, emotional, and clinical vignettes of the many different aspects…

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Editor’s Note: This book is NOW over 99% written and moving into the Editing Phase! The title of the book is “The Tips of Spears- An Inside Look At Heart Surgery in America” It is a rendering of the reality, sometimes sad and at times funny, emotional, and clinical vignettes of the many different aspects…

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Editor’s Note: I guess the question becomes- It was named COVID 19 for the year it emerged.  As it mutates to 2021- will that strain mitigate all of our current and previous efforts to defeat it? There is no real answer to that question, but as frontline responders, Perfusionists are taking more than their share…

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  Perfusion Art: “The G-Man Cometh…” Photographer: Frank Aprile, BBA, LP, CCP Equipment: Iphone 8+ Editing: Photoshop Narrative: And….   It’s AngioVac Day! Time & Place: South of the Ohio River, 2020 About The Artist:  Perfusionist Commentary:  The 3rd of 3 consecutive A-Vac Cases–  G-Man brings it!!

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Perfusion Art: “IMPELLA MAN…” Photographer: Frank Aprile, BBA, LP, CCP Equipment: Iphone 8+ Editing: Photoshop Narrative: A long Operation where Attention to the Mitral Valve and Grafts Overcome a Low EF- With a Little bit of Help 🙂 Time & Place: South of the Ohio River, 2020 About The Artist:  Perfusionist Commentary:  A new and…

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Perfusion Art: “Crimson Misfits…” Photographer: Frank Aprile, BBA, LP, CCP Equipment: Iphone 8+ Editing: Photoshop Narrative: Errant Blood splatter during removal of an Aortic Root Cardioplegia Needle Time & Place: South of the Ohio River, 2020 About The Artist:  Perfusionist Commentary:  The blood droplets look like glossy ladybugs on a translucent sheet to Plastic 🙂

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