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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Editorial Tagline:  “Our Cultural Challenge is whatever you want it to be:  I see it as hope-“ Addendum:  The above quote is from the perspective of white privilege.  It’s enunciated more clearly here: “This  quote doesn’t grasp the movement and it’s not a cultural challenge we’re facing. Everyone can have our culture but not everyone…

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Perfusion Art: “The Learning Tree” Photographer: Frank Aprile, CCP Equipment: IPhone-8 Editing: Photoshop Narrative: A step by step narrative and demonstration of the Floating of a Swann-Ganz PA Catheter… Time & Place: August 2020, South of the Ohio River About The Artist:  Perfusionist Commentary:  The art of teaching renders back from the mythological tree under…

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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…

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Editor’s Note: In this frenetic clinical environment we now live in- we are challenged by uncertain circumstances- with little to no virtual experience from which to draw upon.  All of us are at some point close to- if not in direct contact with a COVID-19 positive patient.  I’m sure we have all game played exposure…

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Editor’s Note: Because of where we are, where we work, and what we do, most working perfusionists right now will encounter a moment where you have to reconcile that what you are doing may constitute a significant health risk to us, and God forbid- our families.  This isn’t all about altruism and a call-of-duty, sometimes…

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Editor’s Note: I’m not used to turning on the TV and watching a news report discuss anything at all related to perfusion.  But these are the beginnings of NEW TIMES- where we all confront the hellish reality of a paradigm shift in our culture as a new and budding clarity settles in and we have…

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Editor’s Note: As a new and growing perfusion team, (when I say new I mean new to this particular program) we are slowly growing together, our diversity is culturally mixed (Indian, Middle Eastern, Chinese, Caucasian) and significantly as well- in terms of experience, age, and practice expertise. – This is not only a level I…

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