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Perfusion Art: “The G-Man Cometh…”

  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…”

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…


Perfusion Art: “Crimson Misfits…”

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 🙂


A Locum’s ScrapBook: Sister’s of the Heart

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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The COVID WARS: Is it Covid 19 “ISH” ? We Need a GamePlan!

  YES… They are US! Editor’s Note:   I’ve been down South for a couple of months now.  I was standing on the side lines for 10 weeks- which in all honesty is a far sicker place to be than confronting this elusive snake- COVID 19 ISH. The reason that “ISH” is even in the…

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Perfusion Art: “The Learning Tree”

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…


The COVID Wars: A Novel Concept- MMR Vaccine May Mitigate Inflammatory Process?

Editor’s Note: Two cases canceled today because our ICU’s are filled to capacity and overflowing.  Last night another VV Covid ECMO– so patients are now being paired up in rooms in order to reduce the possibility of cross contamination from patient to staff to other staff to other patients to visitors and so on and…

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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…


ECMID (Covid ECMO): Who do You Pick?

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…


Is it Covid- Or just a Summer Cold? Summer Cold :)

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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News Media Describes ECMO as… “Brutal”

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…


A Locum’s ScrapBook: Hospital 55:  Level I Trauma Baybeee!

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…


Perfusion Art: “In the Zone…”

View Post Perfusion Art: “In the Zone…” Photographer: Annonymous Equipment: Canon AE1 ? Editing: Photoshop Narrative: Shiley S070 1980 Time & Place: THI  1980 About The Artist:  Perfusionist Commentary:  I have the honor of working with this Perfusionist- A real Pioneer- and UNMATCHED Dedication!!! The Original:

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Perfusion Art: “Where Only Falcon’s DARE…”

Perfusion Art: “Where Only Falcon’s DARE…” Photographer: Unknown Equipment: IPhone Something? Editing: Just a tiny bit of Photoshop Narrative: That’s ALOT of MUTUAL TRUST going on there 🙂 Time & Place:   2020: The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia About The Artist:  The best of the best is all I can say 🙂 Commentary:  I rarely put…


Perfusion Art Gallery Reprint Order Section

Thank you for your interest in ordering art from  All art is Original and International All art is presented on 24 x 36 Canvas or 20 x 30 metallic Finish 7 countries are represented by 11 Perfusionists/Artists = USA India Italy Macedonia Hungary Ecuador Ukraine Click on Images to Enlarge  (Click on Titles to…


Perfusion Life: Confronting FEAR

Editor’ Note: It’s a late Friday night and I’m listening to my dogs bark outside at God knows what – just because we live on a house on a hill, somewhere deep in northern Michigan. I’m sure the barking is due to critters roaming our woods, and its something I usually don’t get to experience…


A Locum’s ScrapBook: Stasis is NOT Paralysis!

  Editor’s Note: Well it has been about five weeks now since I pumped my last case down somewhere in Kentucky. One of the things that you have to consider where your locum’s perfusionist is that when companies are forced to downsize due to staffing issues or reductions, chances are your contracts won’t hold up…


2020- HAPPY Perfusionists Week- :)

Editor’s Note: A very Happy Perfusionist’s week to all my dear colleagues – you are the backbone of any open heart surgery centre . We owe you big time guys (and ladies) . Whenever I have needed a strong scientific mind and able skilled hands to help me in a case – you have been…


Locum’s Perfusionist- Seeks Contract Work in Midwest AND Michigan

ABCP CCP- Locum’s Perfusionist- x 10 Years Seeking intermittent assignments for all parts Midwest- and preferably Michigan.  This perfusionist currently resides in North Central Michigan and is available for recurring or one-time perfusion assignments to backup your staffing needs.  Length of contracts are negotiable. Will take call within the first 3 days. Assimilates quickly– and…

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Joint Perfusion COVID-19 Task Force!

Editor’s Note: Fighting Back! has joined with representatives from AmSECT, the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion, the American Academy of Cardiovascular Perfusion, Australian and New Zealand College of Perfusionists, Comprehensive Care Services, the Michigan Society of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons, and SpecialtyCare to form the Joint Perfusion COVID-19 Task Force to monitor the recent…


Fighting Back! A Michigan 2-Room Elementary School- Lives up to it’s Name: BIG JACKSON!!!

Editor’s Note: Not sure I need to justify the relationship of this post to our Perfusion community- but I suppose the impact of Covid 19 becomes more evident as we deal with the uncertainty of exposure and subsequent isolation, and quarantine AWAY from our families as we dive into an   oncoming wave of possible ECMO…


Fighting Back! Setup Your Own Dept Covid Symptoms Database

Editor’s Note: These days when someone sneezes or coughs- EVERYBODY turns and looks.  Herd mentality for sure. The main symptoms of COVID-19 Include a cough, shortness of breath and a fever. Additionally, you might have digestive problems ― like nausea or diarrhea ― a headache and a sore throat. At the onset of the illness,…


Cloth Surgical Masks- with Disposable Inserts are an Excellent Work Around!

Editor’s Note: The mask I am wearing is one of four cloth masks that were custom made for me by Caitlyn Bondank, owner of a custom sewing business called SewingSolutions.ME. Email:  [email protected] Click on Image Above to view Website –   I had approached her about making and designing these masks in lieu of our…


Perfusion Art: “This Is Our Life NOW…”

Perfusion Art: “This Is Our Life NOW…” Photographer: Frank Aprile, CCP Equipment: iphone 8 plus Editing: None Narrative: Time & Place: 2020: Daniel Boone Country- Ohio River About The Artist:  Perfusionist Commentary:  Putting another Mask to bed for the night with his new Brother- after a late emergency heart.  TWINNING!